[ilds] Jolan Chang

Richard Pine pinedurrellcorfu at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 11:13:45 PDT 2016

There is footage of Jolan Chang talking about LD, and voice of LD talking
about Chang, in the BBC documentary on LD, "Lawrence Durrell: A Smile in
The Mind's Eye"  narrated and co-produced by Margaret McCall, screened 15
August 1998.

On Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 8:54 PM, Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>

> Ken,
> Interesting idea, Jolan Chang as “inspiration” for Affad in *Sebastian.*
>  Chang appears at beginning of *A Smile in the Mind’s Eye* (1980).  *Sebastian
> or Ruling Passions* appears in 1983.  I first thought Chang was another
> of Durrell’s inventions—he seemed too improbable.  He was, however, a real
> person who wrote *The Tao of Love and Sex:  The Ancient Chinese Way to
> Ecstasy* (1977).  They actually met, as MacNiven verifies.  The times are
> also right, so maybe there is a connection.  I agree—Durrell gets too
> explicit with Constance and sex.  I’d call his treatment highbrow
> pornography.
> Bruce
> .
> On Oct 3, 2016, at 11:44 AM, Kennedy Gammage <gammage.kennedy at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> Putting this supposition out there for discussion: that Jolan Chang was
> the inspiration for Sebastian / Affad in the Quintet – infamously for all
> the annoying tantric sex with-and-in Constance, which I consider somewhat
> of a drawback for the central book in the Quintet and a Booker Prize
> shortlist.
> Please feel free to disagree - Ken
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