[ilds] Interesting adventures of Paddy Fermor and Larry Durrell

Denise Tart & David Green dtart at bigpond.net.au
Tue Jun 10 00:13:52 PDT 2014

"After a few days on Santorini they went to Rhodes, where Lawrence Durrell was living with his second wife, Eve Cohen, in the Villa Cleobolus..'It was an amazing sojourn, spent in talk and music and feasting, ' wrote Paddy. 'Strange things always happened in his company and one afternoon, in the ruins of ancient Camirus, wine sprung curiosity set the four of us crawling on hands and knees through the bat-infested warren of underground conduits. We climbed out covered in droppings and dust and cobwebs...
With their clothes so torn and filthy, it seemed like a good idea to take them off. They walked on naked and came across a stone that looked just like a sacrificial altar. A tableau was made, photographed by Joan: paddy lay across the stone and Larry held the sacrificial victim's penis, while beetle browed Xan wielded an enormous knife. Then, still naked, they walked along the top of a high wall (where Xan) struck an Eros pose, immortalised in another photo by Joan whom Durrell described as 'The Corn Goddess'. As for Paddy he was described as 'a wonderful mad Irishman... quite the most enchanting maniac I've ever met'."

>From Patrick Leigh Fermor: an Adventure by Artemis Cooper (2012)

Thought this might amuse/delight/intrigue in the light of recent discussions. By the way, Durrell's own island book are remarkably devoid such such escapades and sexuality. Indeed apart from vague implications and polite descriptions Durrell's island books are quite sexless, unlike the biggies. Perhaps a carefully edited version of himself..


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