[ilds] The Wisdom of George Orwell in relation to LawrenceDurrell

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 14 15:56:32 PDT 2009


A false choice.  Why should it be either/or, why Cambridge or Corfu?   
Why not both?


Bruce


On Oct 14, 2009, at 3:00 PM, James Gifford wrote:

> I'd love to respond to this whole series of comments, but I'm buried  
> at
> the moment and get on yet another silly flight tomorrow...
>
> Can I borrow from Richard's play book and suggest that anyone interest
> in Durrell's public school experience, views on the Oxbridge crowd,
> Bloomsbury, and the London Bohemians take a look at /Pied Piper of
> Lovers/ and /Panic Spring/ (in lovely new editions from ELS Editions):
>
> http://www.elseditions.com/current.html#PP
> http://www.elseditions.com/current.html#PS
>
> Fleeing the leftist stance is, to my mind, a part of Durrell's
> antiauthoritarian stint in this period (not a right wing nor colonial
> tic), and the comparison to Orwell reminds me of Orwell's borrowings
> from Durrell's /Panic Spring/ as well as their minor public tiff in / 
> The
> New English Weekly/ over what Orwell had thought was a return to the
> High Modernist's egoism (he'd missed the antiauhtoritarian element).
>
> Would I prefer a Durrell who had had the experience of a tutor but not
> of Corfu, Paris, and North Africa?  No.
>
> And now back to lurking and longing for time to write...
>
> Best,
> James



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