[ilds] White Eagles Over Serbia

Richard Pine rpinecorfu at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 11 08:24:13 PST 2011

It was an astonishingly blunt statement. If you don't like that book, say so but 
don't label all other 'Durellians' with a dislike they don't share. My personal 
least-liked of LD is 'Sicilian Carousel', which he admitted to me was 'a 
makeweight while I'm waiting for the cistern to fill up with the successor to 
Monsieur', but I wouldn't dismiss it out-of-hand, not least because some have 
spoken highly of it in this column.
The reason why 'White Eagles' or, for that matter, 'Dark Labyrinth', 'Pope 
Joan', 'Antrobus', 'Judith' (altho the latter hasn't yet been published, but is 
discussed in my 'Mindscape') etc etc, don't come up for serious discussion is, I 
think, due a reluctance on the part of 'Durrellians' to acknowledge that there 
was a LD and a 'Charles Norden', the latter of whom H Miller shamed LD into 
discarding as a nom-de-plume for his 'minor mythologies' - the second-string 
potboilers, 'makeweights', etc. that came in between the major works. 

I've tried to make the case for this two-level activity in what I've written 
about LD, and am preparing to do so again. One wouldn't necessarily discuss 
these works with the same 'seriousness' that one applies to the Quartet, 
Tunc/Nunquam or the Quintet, but one discusses them nonetheless. 


From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
Cc: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
Sent: Fri, February 11, 2011 3:48:53 PM
Subject: Re: [ilds] White Eagles Over Serbia

I made the absurd statement and am glad to know I was wrong with respect to at 
least one "Durrellian."  As to the rest of the group, I ask why White Eagles 
rarely, if ever, comes up for serious discussion on this list.  I think it 


On Feb 11, 2011, at 5:02 AM, Richard Pine wrote:

I've accidentally deleted a message (I can't recall from whom) which (I think) 
>suggests that 'White Eagles over Serbia' does not appeal to Durrellians. This, 
>in my opinion, is an absurd statement. I greatly enjoy reading and re-reading 
>White Eagles, and I think I can claim to be a Durrellian!
>Richard Pine

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