[ilds] Myths

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon May 16 07:13:57 PDT 2011


David, I would call all this superficial, a little window-dressing.


Bruce



On May 15, 2011, at 11:54 PM, Denise Tart & David Green wrote:

> Yes, Bruce, but some of Marc's posted material has relevance. for example the German use of the caves for storing explosives and the  later instability of the caves as a result of the Germans blowing up their remaining munitions. It is clear from the novel that the caves were regarded as unsafe, so what befalls the cast has a basis in reality even if, in effect, the labyrinth is a metaphoric construct and the minotaur a useful imaginative projection of people's fear's and Larry's literary playfulness.
>  
> David
> 
> From: Bruce Redwine
> Sent: Monday, May 16, 2011 5:41 AM
> To: marc at marcpiel.fr ; ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> Cc: Bruce Redwine
> Subject: Re: [ilds] Myths
> 
> Just that — the Cretan myth is largely irrelevant to The Dark Labyrinth.  Durrell's story has very little to do with the Minotaur.  His interests lie elsewhere, which is what we've been discussing for the last few weeks.  If you disagree, then make your case — in detail and based on the text.
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> 
> Bruce
> 
> 
> On May 15, 2011, at 11:16 AM, Marc Piel wrote:
> 
>> Bruce,
>> What do you mean by "superficial relevance"?
>> Surely Durrell must have known of this mythology and used it to build his fiction!
>> B.R. Marc
>> 
>> Le 15/05/11 17:40, Bruce Redwine a écrit :
>>> 
>>> Sumantra,
>>> 
>>> Yes, Knossos is interesting.  As you know, however, much of what one sees there is a reconstruction, not original and problematical.  Sir Arthur Evans used his imagination and rebuilt as he wished to see the palace, much as Durrell does.  Also, the Cretan myth of the Minotaur has but a superficial relevance to The Dark Labyrinth.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Bruce
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On May 15, 2011, at 8:10 AM, Sumantra Nag wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Interesting, Marc, in the sense that I visited Crete for a week in June 2007 
>>>> with my wife and son and we spent time at the Knossos Palace which is 
>>>> associated with the myth of the minotaur.
>>>> 
>>>> Best wishes
>>>> 
>>>> Sumantra
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>>>>> I wanted to get up to date on the labyrinth
>>>>> mythology so did a search on the Internet...
>>>>> probably because i'm in France, most of my
>>>>> findings are in French.... but thought it might
>>>>> interst some of you... expecially the old map of
>>>>> Crete.
>>>>> B.R.
>>>>> Marc
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