[ilds] The Cretan Connection

Richard Pine rpinecorfu at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 28 02:22:32 PDT 2014

That's a very valuable observation - how much LD and PLF may have discussed the latter;s Cretan experiences needs to be researched. Of course  LD did write the preface to Theo Stephanides' account of his (TS's) Cretan campaign.
On Sat, 6/28/14, Denise Tart & David Green <dtart at bigpond.net.au> wrote:

 Subject: [ilds] The Cretan Connection
 To: "Durrel" <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
 Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 1:38 AM
 Reading Artemis
 Coopers story of PLF's 
 time on Crete during the war, one can see where LGD got much
 his stuff for Dark 
 Labyrinth: the British officer traumatized by having to kill
 a captive German 
 soldier, the mountainous uplands, the caves that beasts fell
 into and left their 
 bones. He must have read Paddy's accounts and of course
 saw him at times during 
 time in Egypt. Dark Labyrinth came out before any of
 Paddy's books (1947) so I 
 guess, for an emerging author and press officer with
 contacts, including 
 Paddy, the stories of the day were up for grabs, but
 the way Larry works 
 other people's stuff into his own material is uncanny.
 When I read of PLFs 
 adventures on Crete, including the famous capture of the
 German General, I felt 
 as if I had read it before...I had in way.
 Dark Labyrinth is an
 underrated work. Durrell's 
 chapter on Crete in the Greek Islands is also well worth a
 read. No English 
 writer writes about Greece as he does, but I am very keen to
 read some Leigh 
 Fermor now.
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