[ilds] private kingdoms

Marc Piel marc at marcpiel.fr
Tue May 17 09:29:18 PDT 2011

I couldn't help myself thinking there were little 
bits of LD in all the main characters and 
especially in "Roof of the World". Is the message 
not that there was no way out physically, but that 
once you had been there there was no way out 
(back) mentally? Interesting also that John had 
been given "Parmenides" by his father as a 
birthday present. Tell me if I am wrong: is not 
Parmenides about different possible truths? 
Although he does say a few things that fit, for me 
Campion is the least like LD, ... and when finally 
he doesn't know how to swim!

Le 17/05/11 09:44, Denise Tart & David Green a 
écrit :
> I was thinking today about texts in context. It 
> it easy to suggest that after the Depression, 
> the rise of Fascism and the World War Two that 
> artists would contemplate a world without such 
> horrors - an idylic Rhodes, a rebirth of soul 
> life on Crete after the Dark Labyrinth or war, 
> the utopia of the Roof of the World or indeed 
> the speculative calm of the monastery enjoyed by 
> Baird, Graecen, Alexros?
> Durrell always sort islands of existence, actual 
> or constructed not as a totality of experience 
> but as a place to be from and to return to. The 
> Roof of the World chapter has a scariness to it 
> because they cannot get out. The way back is 
> closed. It is quite disturbing in this way. Just 
> as well Truman likes his wife..
> Durrell could not have stood this for himself.  
> He liked to visit and be be visited.
> David
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