[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 63, Issue 7_Remembering Lawrence Durrell (James Gifford)

Sumantra Nag sumantranag at gmail.com
Wed Jun 27 02:51:51 PDT 2012


Thanks James, that was worth reading.

Peter Pomerantsev seems to have looked back from the increasingly 
multi-cultural milieus of the 21st century and found a broad social link 
with The Alexandria Quartet.

As an Indian who was first attracted by the AQ many years ago - during my 
adolescence which is when most people seem to have responded most strongly 
to these novels - it is interesting to read the following confession from 
Lawrence Durrell:

"I have an Indian heart and an English skin," he said. "I realized this very 
late, when I was twenty-one, twenty-two. It created a sort of psychological 
crisis. I nearly had a nervous breakdown. I realized suddenly that I was not 
English really, I was not European. There was something going on underneath 
and I realized that it was the effect of India on my thinking."

I also find the following observation by the author rather ominous - in what 
direction? I don't know:

"It is always the "cross-patriates," the hyphenated, who are drawn to 
Durrell."

Best wishes

Sumantra


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> Predictor of our Postmodern World...
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> --> Well worth a look here!
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