[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 94, Issue 1

Sumantra Nag sumantranag at gmail.com
Sun Feb 1 19:35:08 PST 2015


Thank you Bruce for drawing attention to this book which should provide a
valuable perspective.

Sumantra

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On 2 Feb 2015 01:36, <ilds-request at lists.uvic.ca> wrote:

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>    1. Michael V. Diboll (Bruce Redwine)
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> Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:24:44 -0800
> From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
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> Cc: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
> Subject: [ilds] Michael V. Diboll
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> I?ve about finished reading Diboll?s Lawrence Durrell?s Alexandria Quartet
> in Its Egyptian Contexts (2004) and am quite impressed with the book,
> although it has major flaws (stylistic, grammatical, scholarly).  Diboll?s
> main argument provides a historical background to the Quartet and does
> great justice to Durrell?s depth of understanding re the British and
> Egyptian socio-political situation.  His analysis of the Wafd (the
> nationalist/liberal party in Egypt, 1919-52) and the David Mountolive-Leila
> Hosnani ?allegory? is persuasive.  I?m less enthusiastic about Diboll?s
> analogy between Durrell?s ?African Darkenss? and Conrad?s ?Heart of
> Darkness,? but this is a matter of interpretation and preference.  I like
> the way Diboll deals with Said?s ?Orientalism? in reference to the
> Quartet.  I?d also like to see the book reissued as a revised edition.  The
> argument, however, is repetitious and needs to be reduced by perhaps a
> quarter or more.  I highly recommend the book.  It certain!
>  ly deserves recognition and a wide audience.
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> Bruce
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