[ilds] And Then, next?

Denise Tart & David Green dtart at bigpond.net.au
Sat Apr 16 21:53:21 PDT 2016

Mr Gerontopoulos, you are clearly more than a grocer. You are a man of perspicacity with some obvious knowledge of the Cyprus Crisis and other related issues which the general reader of Durrell's works and his biographies may not be aware, so thanks for sharing. But before we leave Cyprus, I suggest that sometimes an outsider may see things more clearly than the locals do, even if employed by an unpopular imperial administration.

Having said that, it occurs to me that Bitter Lemons would make a good film, especially with the current focus on the Middle East. It has great ingredience:

Knowledgeable protagonist, comic to tragic story arc, a hint of early menace and rising tension, fab Med locations, visceral politics, wide cast of characters, violence, terrorism, drinking, revolutionary school girls.

As we know, Larry loved cinema. and this book particularly lends itself to film treatment - clear, well written, contained, a good longish short story. but who would would fund or make it these days?

Now, moving onto Tunc. It is decicated to Claude Marie Vincendon and published a year after her death. Felix Charlock, surely a adaption of Shylock, the Happy Jew is drunk on page one. there is a loose rambling style, not much dialaogue. Durrell own thoughts on this book need discussion:

"Tunc is roughly about what it is about (profound); the reader makes it up as he goes along (for sure), if he goes along with it at all, that is (not sure yet). If it is what it set up to be it will be building its reader as it unrolls through him (yep). Is there any reason why we should care for this sort of thing? Well, it is an attempt to discuss human cultrure - not of any special epoch, but as the quiddity of the idea of culture - in the shadow play terms of the novel (Durrell as alchemist) This makes it the strangest sort of book. Tunc does not pretend to pretend (?) All the characters are as real as they make you and die happily ever after lie readers and writers do (compare this to comments on Prospero's Cell, the Quartet). what more can one ask??"

Take it on.

David Whitewine.

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