[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 47, Issue 11_Durrell remarks_Le Figaro

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Sat Feb 12 04:08:15 PST 2011

Hello Sumantra,
1. I agree that criticism is useful, but real 
critique also shows the positive, otherwise it 
leads to nothing!
2. You can try a Google translation. They, at 
worst give you a general gist of the subject and 
at best, can be quite good.

Le 12/02/11 07:42, Sumantra Nag a écrit :
> 1. On Feb 9, 2011, at 1:17 PM, Marc Piel wrote:
> Bruce, Perhaps you should start your own forum entitled "Against Lawrence
> Durrell - or how to discredit one of the most creative authors of the last
> 60 years". This is not to be taken as aggressive. Just a "just" reaction to
> your systematic negative
> remarks whenever someone defends the talent and acknowledgement of LD.
> Marc
> 2.
> http://www.lefigaro.fr/voyages/2010/11/06/03007-20101106ARTFIG00008-l-alexandrie-de-lawrence-durrell-encore-et-toujours.php
> ------------------------------------------------
> Marc,
> 1. Without wishing to intercede where I probably should not, may I only
> submit my own perception of the cumulative substance that I have seen in the
> contributions from Bruce. On the whole and also in terms of individual
> observations and comments, they don't seem to discredit  Lawrence Durrell.
> On the contrary there appears to be a good deal of critical appreciation if
> you take all the discussions. If a writer's literary reputation is to be
> supported at any time, even at times of relative indifference, a critical
> approach appears to be valuable. This may at times entail the attachment of
> variable values to different works from the author, or even to his conduct,
> without detracting from the core achievements. Again, I'm sorry if I am
> neglecting certain aspects of your exchanges while making these judgements.
> 2. I opened the link to the article from Le Figaro and it promised to be
> very interesting. Alas! I can't follow it in French. I don't suppose there
> is an English version of it. It would be of great interest to me but I
> suppose there is no reason why those without a knowledge of French should
> expect to be treated to an English translation!
> Regards
> Sumantra
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