[ilds] when did Durrell begin St Joseph's?

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Sun Jan 30 15:05:24 PST 2011

I should have added, it was when he was nine.  The parental resentment 
is certainly a part of that moment when he describes it in fiction in 
/Pied Piper of Lovers/.  As I've argued elsewhere, it's a Father England 
/ Mother India division as well.  Notably, both parents die in the novel 
too, and the father's death is dreamed of in distinctly Oedipal terms.


On 30/01/11 2:22 AM, Rony Alfandary wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am current reading them both simultaneously. there are narked
> difference - MacNiven is indeed full of detail and excellent source for
> further research. there are many discrepancies - for instance, when did
> Durrell begin St Joseph's? when he was six (Bowker) or Nine (MacNiven)?
> it is of some interest to me as i am working on the theme of Durrell's
> resentment towards his parents vis-a-vis this first exile.
> Rony
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