[ilds] Durrell's Heritage

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Sat Feb 5 11:07:38 PST 2011


Sumantra,

Good point.  One measure of a writer's importance is his legacy and descendants.  Does Lawrence Durrell have either or both?


Bruce



On Feb 5, 2011, at 12:52 AM, Sumantra Nag wrote:

> "It has come to my notice and the notice of one or two other contributors to 
> this list that things have gone rather quiet in Durrell land over the last 
> few weeks, months even, leaving me to ponder whatever happened to the lively
> debates and discussions of Durrell and his works?...The general run of 
> recent postings, few and far between, appear restricted to scholarly minutia 
> or references to academic journals." (David Green)
> ------------------------------
> I am responding to this post after reading the posts which have come 
> thereafter on the ILDS.
> 
> For a lay reader (like myself) references to other writers of the late 
> twentieth century and the first decade of this century from could be 
> interesting when seen from a standpoint of comparison or contrast with 
> Lawrence Durrell. Forty years after first reading them, I am sufficiently 
> under the spell of the novels of The Alexandria Quartet to seek some of 
> their qualities in other novelists.
> 
> Reading John Banville's "The Shroud" I found a quality of prose and a 
> creation of atmosphere which engaged me in the way that the novels of the AQ 
> had done. This, along with an intensity about the tragic condition of the 
> human beings in the book. In certain scenes of John Berger's novel "G" I 
> also felt the presence of the "heraldic" quality of atmosphere which often 
> which stands out in the AQ.
> 
> Undoubtedly, there are many other points of intersection between the works 
> of recent novelists and the novels of the AQ including the evocation of 
> myth.
> 
> Best wishes
> 
> Sumantra
> 
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>> 
>>> On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 6:30 PM, Denise Tart & David Green
>>> <dtart at bigpond.net.au> wrote:
>>>> It has come to my notice and the notice of one or two other contributors 
>>>> to
>>>> this list that things have gone rather quiet in Durrell land over the 
>>>> last
>>>> few weeks, months even, leaving me to ponder whatever happened to the 
>>>> lively
>>>> debates and discussions of Durrell and his works?
>>>> There seems to be no interest in keeping any kind of serious discussion
>>>> going. ?Some large and well researched postings by me and some others,
>>>> intended to stimulate discussion have disappeared without a trace. The
>>>> general run of recent postings, few and far between, appear restricted 
>>>> to
>>>> scholarly minutia or references to academic journals.
>>>> 
> 




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