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

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 13 15:18:43 PDT 2010


I agree with Marc.  Durrell's personality suffuses his books.  That's what makes them so enjoyable.  If Eastern philosophy largely involves the extinction of the self, then Durrell's books fail utterly in this regard — happily.  He doesn't practice what he preaches.


Bruce



On Sep 13, 2010, at 3:10 PM, Marc Piel wrote:

> Durrell is there everywhere in every book and 
> whatever you say he will always be. That is part 
> of his talent that most do not have.
> That is why we connect so well with him.
> Marc
> 
> Le 13/09/10 22:53, Denise Tart & David Green a écrit :
>> "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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