[ilds] Myths

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon May 16 07:25:26 PDT 2011

Interesting, the play sketch in particular.  Reminds me of situations similar to what Chaucer and Boccaccio set up in The Canterbury Tales and The Decameron.  The Dark Labyrinth does something like this.  And again, to harp, Durrell has an end in mind, "The Roof of the World."  He had a Medieval mind.


On May 16, 2011, at 12:39 AM, Richard Pine wrote:

> A possible origin of the 'minotaur' incident is to be found in Theodore 
> Stephanides' 'Island Trails' pp. 54-58.
> LD also wrote a play sketch (maybe in Paris, 1937) : 'The Maze: the guide dies 
> while conducting a tour of the maze: leaving the dramatis personae lost in it: a 
> boy, a girl, a parson, a policeman, a thief, an undertakere, a whore, an old 
> lady: the stranger'.
> RP
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: James Gifford <james.d.gifford at gmail.com>
> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> Sent: Mon, May 16, 2011 10:19:28 AM
> Subject: Re: [ilds] Myths
> On 15/05/11 11:54 PM, Denise Tart & David Green wrote:
>> 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.
> Good attention, David.  And kindred issues return in /Quinx/ nearly 40 
> years later.
> I'm convinced and will open my copy to the last chapter on the morning's 
> train!  I have James Brigham's teaching notes on /The Dark Labyrinth/, 
> which are rather elaborate.  I'll pull those out this week too and see 
> what secrets Jay can contribute to the conversation.
> Cheers,
> James
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