[ilds] Durrell's Diction

Charles Sligh Charles-Sligh at utc.edu
Sat May 1 15:16:47 PDT 2010

Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:
> Life is a jest and all things show it -- 
> Have a beer on me.
That jest is actually a fascinating, not to say sobering, speculation, Bill.

    * Item:  Durrell's writing has a peculiarly individual prose
      style--even to the point that people sometimes speak of Durrell
      the man in terms of his style.  (Cf. the OED for "Durrellian,
      a.":  "Of or pertaining to the English writer Lawrence Durrell
      (born 1912), or his style. Also /Durrellesque/ a.")
    * Item:  Durrell in life made generous use of alcohol.
    * Item:  The transcripts of Durrell's interview "performances" and
      the record of Durrell's writings seem to reveal a pronounced
      skepticism about human understanding and an ironic stance in
      regards to "truth."

Now do those three items have any direct relationship to each other?

Strange to say, one could substitute the name "Faulkner" for "Durrell" 
in all three items.


Charles L. Sligh
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
charles-sligh at utc.edu

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