[ilds] Durrell's Heritage

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Mon Feb 7 12:09:55 PST 2011


I disagree completely.
If you look at statistics, more Americans read 
than ever before.
That does not of course, say what they read! But 
LD is still selling all over the world, and people 
are still getting a lot of enjoyment out of 
reading him.
He was never difficult to read, just a pleasure.
Marc Piel

Le 07/02/11 18:39, William Apt a écrit :
> Rony:
> I believe Durrell's reputation has fallen over the years, not for who he
> was or how he managed his life, but, rather, because his work requires
> extraordinary concentration and attention.  Very few intelligent,
> educated people these days - at least here in the US - read demanding
> books.  (Another demanding writer who has fallen into obscurity for the
> same reason is the American author, Katherine Anne Porter.  And what
> about Patrick Leigh Fermor?)  Most Americans' idea of doing
> something that requires extraordinary concentration or attention is
> preparing for and running marathons, or participating
> in triathalons.  But if you really read Durrell, its the cerebral
> equivilent of these sorts of events, no?
> BILLY
>
> On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 9:35 AM, Rony Alfandary <alfandary at gmail.com
> <mailto:alfandary at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>     Thank you for this discussion. one of the chapters in my thesis
>     concerns this - why has Durrell's reputation fallen over the years
>     and STILL how come there is there wonderful group of people gathered
>     here to ponder and celebrate his work?
>     at one point I thought it had to do with the allegations regarding
>     Sappho. but the decline began earlier.
>     there is an Israeli scholar, Prof Lipskaer , who has written a
>     lovely book regarding minor literature. not in the Deleuze-Guattarie
>     sense but rather in terms of seeing the literature scene as an
>     ecological system whereby many different authors (species) co-exist
>     and support one another.
>     I think that such a view manages to rise above a competitive view of
>     the question.
>     Rony
>
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