[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 104, Issue 14

Marc Piel marc at marcpiel.fr
Thu Dec 17 16:48:02 PST 2015

He wrote it hilmsef....... we all live selected 
Surely that is enough?
Marc Piel

Le 17/12/15 23:40, Bruce Redwine a écrit :
> My use of “phony” (Salinger’s spelling in 
> /Catcher)/ refers to both the character Graecen 
> and to the author of Graecen, Lawrence Durrell, 
> who often creates fictional surrogates 
> reflecting his views and aspects of his own 
> character.  Phony is not simply equated with 
> lying (i.e., the deliberate telling of a 
> falsehood with the intention of someone 
> believing the same as truth).  Certainly, we all 
> lie on occasion, and we all do things that are 
> not admirable.  But there’s a big difference, I 
> think, between lapses in behavior and gross 
> deception (i.e., “living the lie”).  I see 
> Durrell—and this is entirely my 
> interpretation—as touching upon the latter in 
> /Labyrinth. /He’s concerned about what is and is 
> not “fake,” and he’s also concerned about this 
> on a personal level (i.e., to what extent “all 
> great artists … were not absolutely revolting as 
> human beings” [p. 258]).  Note, Graecen/Durrell 
> does not say “all human beings”; he specifically 
> refers to “artists,” of which Durrell obviously 
> classifies himself, if Graecen doesn’t out of 
> modesty, presumably.  So, Durrell’s question is 
> self-directed.
> I would not go so far as to say, “We are ALL 
> phoney” or “We all live the lie.”  I don’t 
> believe this is true, and I don’t believe in the 
> notion of “multiple selves” or of some “It” 
> controlling our lives and robbing us of personal 
> responsibility.  The “double” is a big topic in 
> modern literature, but I don’t take it seriously 
> outside the world of fiction.  In the real 
> world, we are held accountable for our actions 
> and can’t blame them on another “self.”  (Try 
> that in a court of law!)  I’m rather old 
> fashioned with the idea of truth and 
> straightforwardness.  This was an important 
> topic in Germanic literature, particular 
> Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse, where being what one 
> seemed was highly prized.  I’m sorry that this 
> value is now questioned.
> Bruce
>> On Dec 17, 2015, at 12:54 PM, 
>> mail at durrelllibrarycorfu.org 
>> <mailto:mail at durrelllibrarycorfu.org> wrote:
>> Bruce asks: "Simply put, is someone a phony or 
>> not a phony?" Does this question relate to a 
>> character in a book, or the person who wrote 
>> the book, or to some other person. (note the 
>> "other")?
>> Whether we are writers, grocers or houswives, 
>> we ALL lie, we are ALL phoney (I prefer it with 
>> an 'e', sounds less like someone lying thru 
>> telecommunciations) we are ALL duplicitous, we 
>> ALL have adouble, we are ALL lived by the It.
>> Try this:
>> He is the man who makes notes,
>> The observer in the tall black hat
>> Face hidden in the brim.
>> In three European cities
>> He has watched me watching him.
>> [echoes of The Third Man? and Welles's gnomic 
>> face?]
>> He watches me now, working late,
>> Bringing a poem to life, his eyes
>> Reflect the malady of De Nerval:
>> O useless in this old house to question
>> The mirrors, his impenetrable disguise.
>> Add the title of that poem, and you have both 
>> Durrells in a nutshell. And yourself. and her.
>> RP
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