[ilds] Fermor and Durrell

Marc Piel marc at marcpiel.fr
Sun Jun 15 06:57:29 PDT 2014


What about his "selected fictions"?
Marc

Le 15/06/14 07:56, James Gifford a écrit :
> On 2014-06-14, 7:09 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> The next thing is to ask, what was wrong with him?
>
> I see why you're driving at with this, but 
> shouldn't we also add, "what's wrong with all of 
> us?"  If we were all happy or well-adjusted, 
> would we need art, either to create or appreciate?
>
> I'd need to look it up, but I seem to recall 
> from Durrell's poetry a phrase near to "and make 
> of his suffering an art" -- perhaps someone can 
> correct me.  Was it an epigram?  Was it a 
> paraphrase or quotation?
>
> Rather than "wrong," I'd be more inclined to ask 
> how he was mal-adapted, or perhaps ask where he 
> struggled the most against this world and his 
> situation in it.  I'd also tend to emphasize 
> Durrell's self-consciousness about his problem 
> -- he resisted analysis because he felt it could 
> dry up his creative source, and for the 
> luxuriant and sexually overflowing Alexandria, 
> we are reminded "No one would mistake it for a 
> happy place."  I think there was a good deal of 
> awareness of this tension within himself, just 
> not a solution.
>
> Best,
> James
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