[ilds] Durrell's "Axial Age"

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 11 14:41:43 PDT 2014


Yes to all this.  Well said.  I agree with Haag's idea about Durrell and exile.  "Loss" or displacement is just another to say the same thing.  Too reductive, as critics are sure to say?  Well, I don't think there are many great themes in life and literature.  Great poets and writers know how to stick to the basics.  Durrell knew he couldn't return permanently to Corfu.  On this return theme or "return song," as critics call it, Kazantzakis knew his Odysseus couldn't possibly stay in Ithaka.  On some blurb, Durrell calls The Odyssey:  A Modern Sequel "inimitable."  So he undoubtedly agreed.


On Sep 11, 2014, at 1:44 PM, Denise Tart & David Green <dtart at bigpond.net.au> wrote:

> What Durrell lost was the Eden of pre war Corfu. He tried to recapture it in writing and this where the best of island books come from. World War Two did and an era so what Durrell captures in the Quartet is a vanishing world. He also lost 4 wives and a daughter. He lost Greece as he knew and loved it; wrecked by the enosis experience on Cyprus. France was never quite as good. He also lost his health. If you look at when Quintet was written, he was dealing with a lifetime of collated loss. Loss is a common literary theme. Haag claims that Durrell's great theme is exile. The two are pretty closely related. Why did Larry never go back to live on Corfu, I have often wondered. Perhaps the magic had gone.
> David
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>> On 12 Sep 2014, at 3:31 am, Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> Charles,
>> Good to hear your calm and moderate voice once again and hope all goes well with you and yours.  I missed not seeing you in Vancouver.t,
>> Bruce
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