[ilds] Jolan Chang

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 4 15:18:29 PDT 2016


Good story!  And probably good advice for all and sundry.  But who follows it!

Bruce



> On Oct 4, 2016, at 3:12 PM, Denise Tart & David Green <dtart at bigpond.net.au> wrote:
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> According to G Bowker the Chinese Taoist philosopher and sexologist, with Durrell had been corresponding, visited him in Sommieres at the beginning of 1976. At the time Larry was living alone in the gloomy old house in one or two rooms. Chang said Durrell ejaculated too much and drank too much and needed to stop drinking and only ejaculate occasionally. I wonder how much Larry paid him for this advice? Certainly he does not seem to have followed it.
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> David.
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> Sent from my iPad
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> On 5 Oct 2016, at 4:54 AM, Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net <mailto:bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>> wrote:
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>> Ken,
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>> 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.
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>> Bruce
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>>> On Oct 3, 2016, at 11:44 AM, Kennedy Gammage <gammage.kennedy at gmail.com <mailto:gammage.kennedy at gmail.com>> wrote:
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>>> 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.
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>>> Please feel free to disagree - Ken
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