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

Denise Tart & David Green dtart at bigpond.net.au
Tue Sep 14 00:07:05 PDT 2010


I absolutely agree. That is why we connect with him. Sometimes, when you 
read him, Larry is so close you can smell the wine on his breath; a gift 
indeed. My point was to pick up on Grove's idea of internal versus external. 
In South Wind Norman Douglas steers the ship but he does not appear on deck. 
Durrell is always on deck, especially in his island books, even if not al 
his characters are quite real. He certainly is which is what I meant - not 
as an attack but as an observation.

David Whitewine

From: "Marc Piel" <marcpiel at interdesign.fr>
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 8:10 AM
To: "Denise Tart & David Green" <dtart at bigpond.net.au>; <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Subject: Re: [ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 42,	Issue 8_the blue really begins in 
the Aegean

> 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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