[ilds] Fw: ILDS Digest, Vol 46, Issue 11_Discussions on the ILDS

Sumantra Nag sumantranag at gmail.com
Sun Feb 6 21:05:40 PST 2011


'John Banville's "The Shroud"...'. A correction please. The title of John 
Banvile''s novel is "Shroud".

Sumantra

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sumantra Nag" <sumantranag at gmail.com>
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Saturday, February 05, 2011 2:22 PM
Subject: Re: ILDS Digest, Vol 46, Issue 11_Discussions on the ILDS


> "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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