[ilds] Somewhere between Calabria and Corfu theblue really begins

Wilson, Fraser Fraser.Wilson at eht.nhs.uk
Wed Sep 8 02:27:29 PDT 2010

Douglas certainly knew how to describe a boat trip - as in South Wind,
below - which can be grabbed online from Project Gutenburg at no cost.

His companion, meanwhile, beheld the panorama in all its nightmarish
splendour, as it drifted past him. He saw the bluffs of feathery
pumice, the lava precipices--frozen cataracts of white, black, blood
red, pale grey and sombre brown, smeared over with a vitreous enamel of
obsidian or pierced by oily, writhing dykes that blazed with metallic
scintillations. Anon came some yawning cleft or an assemblage of dizzy
rock-needles, fused into whimsical tints and attitudes, spiky,
distorted, over-toppling; then a bold tufa rampart, immaculate in its
beauty, stainless as a curtain of silk. And as the boat moved on he
looked into horrid dells which the rains had torn out of the loose
scoriae. Gaping wounds, they wore the bright hues of corruption. Their
flanks were blotched with a livid nitrous efflorescence, with flaring
sulphur, unhealthy verdure of pitchstone, streaks of arsenical
vermilion; their beds--a frantic maze of boulders.

He beheld this crazy stratification, this chaos of incandescent nature,
sent in a flame of deep blue sky and sea. It lay there calmly, like
some phantasmagoric flower, some monstrous rose that swoons away, with
upturned face, in a solar caress.

-----Original Message-----
From: ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On
Behalf Of gkoger at mindspring.com
Sent: 08 September 2010 03:44
To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
Subject: Re: [ilds] Somewhere between Calabria and Corfu theblue really

Gissing? As in George Gissing, who wrote /By the Ionian Sea/? 

I've always assumed that Durrell's line is a reference to Norman Douglas
and his /Old Calabria/, in which Douglas devotes several pages to
Gissing, by the way. In doing so Durrell acknowledges a debt to Douglas
AND announces that he is moving beyond him, geographically and
otherwise. Douglas devoted one short book to Greece but his interests
lay primarily in Italy.


-----Original Message-----
>From: "Godshalk, William (godshawl)" <godshawl at ucmail.uc.edu>
>Sent: Sep 7, 2010 7:23 PM
>To: "ilds at lists.uvic.ca" <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>Subject: Re: [ilds] Somewhere between Calabria and Corfu the blue
really	begins
>Well, there are plenty of references to ships, islands, etc. No Corfu
>The book ends with: "clear immortal blue." 
>Did Larry read it? I leave it to you. 
>O, yes, the chief character is a man called Gissing. 
>W. L. Godshalk *
>Department of English    *           *
>University of Cincinnati*   * Stellar Disorder  *
>OH 45221-0069 *  *
>From: ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On Behalf
Of Bruce Redwine [bredwine1968 at earthlink.net]
>Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2010 8:25 PM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Cc: Bruce Redwine
>Subject: Re: [ilds] Somewhere between Calabria and Corfu the blue
really        begins
>Does Morely's book have related subject matter, i.e., the Ionian or the
Aegean?  The next question:  any evidence that LD knew of this title?
I'm inclined to think it's a coincidence.
>On Sep 7, 2010, at 5:01 PM, Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:
>> "Where the Blue Begins" is a book by Christopher Morley published in
>> "Somewhere between Calabria and Corfu the blue really begins."
>> Is Durrell's "really" a reply and a correction?
>> W. L. Godshalk *
>> Department of English    *           *
>> University of Cincinnati*   * Stellar Disorder  *
>> OH 45221-0069 *  *
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