[ilds] Comparisons

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 9 10:33:40 PDT 2016

Agree.  There is no comparison on the personal level.  Personal names sometimes get turned into verbs and nouns:  Boycott, de Sade, Mesmer.  These are famous people who did something notorious or noteworthy.  “Trump” may become synonymous with mendacity and fraudulence.  “Durrell,” on the other hand, may become associated with verbal inventiveness and creativity.  No comparison.


> On Oct 9, 2016, at 7:00 AM, Richard Pine <pinedurrellcorfu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ravi, no-one is comparing Trump and Durrell. But it might be interesting if they did.
> RP
> On Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 8:20 AM, Ravi Nambiar <cnncravi at gmail.com <mailto:cnncravi at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Truth and untruth! Durrell and Trump! I am sorry to say that we are insulting Durrell by comparing Trump with him, or Durrell with Trump. I doubt whether Trump has ever read a poem or a novel. True or false, like it or not, the truth is that there is enough of Americanism in Trump. That is why he gets followers. We enjoy Alexandria Quartet because there is Darley's or Justine's or Melissa's experience (at least partly) in each of us or some of us, the readers. That is the truth and this is what literature is expected to do. We don't have to count the number of times Darley slept with Melissa or Justine with the number of times Durrell slept with any woman, and thus discover truth. We don't enjoy the Quintet because we, as readers, may not have the experience of Affad, like his penetrating in Tantric style and then reflecting, or of his joyful acceptance of death. That is also truth. 
> Ravi 

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