[ilds] "urgent things in little squirts"

Marc Piel marc at marcpiel.fr
Sun May 8 14:42:06 PDT 2011


I agree with David!!!
@+
Marc

Le 08/05/11 22:28, Denise Tart & David Green a 
écrit :
> Charles, I dont think this is one of those 
> lines, but it made me laugh a good deal when I 
> read it last night - the bit in bold italics: so 
> upper class and British
> "Dicky, you're an expert -- you saw it."
> "Yes," said Graecen, with a startled and 
> defensive air. */It alarmed him to be called an 
> expert/*.
> The cult of the amateur and all that...
> Good challenge though. there are some fine lines 
> in Roof of the World. Durrell is not always 
> genuine when writing to Miller. I think he runs 
> the book down because he did not think Miller 
> would think it serious enough or vulgar enough, 
> if you like. false modesty, I reckon as DL is a 
> well planned and well structured book with some 
> truly memorable characters. It is also funny, 
> something much overlooked in the study of LGD.
> David
>
> *From:* Charles Sligh 
> <mailto:Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>
> *Sent:* Monday, May 09, 2011 2:17 AM
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> *Subject:* [ilds] "urgent things in little squirts"
>
> From the letters to Miller:
>
>     "I have deliberately chosen a cheap novel
>     formula and am trying to say urgent things
>     in little squirts through the seven or so
>     people involved.  A rotten book with some
>     small lucid moments and one or two good
>     lines."  [LD ot HM, c. October 1945]
>
> I rather like reading epigrams, /obiter dicta/, 
> urgent "squirts," and "character-squeezes."   I 
> sometimes wonder if those may be some of 
> Lawrence Durrell's key modes?  Part of the shift 
> away from "novel" to notebook?
>
> I will be awarding a prize to the careful reader 
> who successively locates the "one or two good 
> lines."
>
> C&c.
> -- 
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