[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 42, Issue 8_the blue really begins in the Aegean

Denise Tart & David Green dtart at bigpond.net.au
Mon Sep 13 13:53:29 PDT 2010


"Externalize yourself" may well have been Douglas's lifelong philosophy. One 
could do worse . . .

Certainly Durrell's three great Island books are more introspective than 
Douglas's South Wind, the later being written in the third rather than first 
person for a start. There is a polished lightness to Douglas's touch which 
may support Grove's idea of this authors externalisation.  There is 
something deeper, darker and more personal with Durrell's reflections and 
introspections on Aegean or indeed Ionian Blue. Greece is indeed entered 
through a dark crystal and for all the the sunlight and sparkling water, the 
author is there, brooding and mulling over the past - trying to get back to 
Arcadian days but not finding them because he and the world has changed.

David

 



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