[ilds] Could Durrell really swim "...as fast as a dolphin..."

Truebner, Christine Christine.Truebner at stadt-frankfurt.de
Thu Jun 30 03:24:48 PDT 2011

I guess he couldn't - as most British can't.
What the hell is ocarina? 

Christine Trübner

Betreff: [ilds] Could Durrell really swim "...as fast as a dolphin..."

So asserted the late Patrick Leigh Fermor in a 2003 interview in The Paris Review. But could this have been literal fact? Opinion on the list appears divided: Sumantra, Billy, Bruce, James, Jimmy, Panaiotis, Richard, Don, Charles, Julie, Jacob, Marc, David and Bill may be prepared to agree that Durrell was indeed a good swimmer, while Grove, Jim, Anna, Roy, Anne, Pamela, Samantha, Rui, Gulshan, Sharbani, Leena, Ilyas, Merrianne and Yael likely feel that some poetic license was invoked. Brewster, Lee, John, Tib, Anthony, Frederic, Paul, Ed, Rony, Joan, DrD, Peter, Julia, Dorothy, Allyson, Christine and Sandy are keeping an open mind.
Next topic: was Larry truly proficient on the ocarina? Bruce says: "Probably."

- Ken

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