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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:49 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I didn't hear this, or hear about it, so thanks for that - will see if I can still listen on iplayer.  2012 was his 100th anniversary, which is partly what sparked my re-read of the Avignon books - sadly didn't quite finish by the end of the year! - so R4 are a bit behind with that.  Would be good to hear the programme though.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did hear most of it and enjoyed it, although there were no great revelations. I, too, was puzzled by the Beeb's billing of this as 'Durrell at 100' : obviously, we are still in his centenary year, but they do seem to have caught up a little late. I got the impression that there might be a few more Durrell-themed broadcasts, so will keep an ear out for anything else. Meanwhile, I must return to 'The Avignon Quintet' as soon as possible!


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At long last, I've begun 'The Alexandrian Quartet', having bought all four books in the paperback Faber edition from a second hand bookshop last year. I don't think, however, I'll be romping non-stop through the books in a page turning way; I think I'll be reading a chunk, then perhaps setting the book aside and getting on with other reading before returning---but I certainly intend to get through it all. So far, I've read half-way through 'Justine' and I'm a little bewildered by the strange, elliptical quality of the prose. There are vivid moments, and others that seem almost over-written, and too self-consciously 'literary' for today's taste, but it's definitely a fascinating work.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are watching and enjoying The Durrells at the moment and I didn't remember the romance between Larry and Nancy as portrayed there from Gerald's book (which I rated very highly) but thought that must have just because I don't remember the details of books I have read very well.

But I was reading in The Oldie something about the 'forgotten author Lawrence Durrell" and I said to my husband 'Well, he's not forgotten on my  books message board.'  And in the next edition there were a couple of people refuting the Oldie statement.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Caro, if memory serves, in real life Larry and Nancy were already married at the time, and living in a different villa. Can't remember if this was the case in the book or not.



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently, Mike, Gerald never mentioned Nancy in his books, at least not in My Family and Other Animals. I didn't realise it was Lawrence who persuaded the rest of the family to relocate to Corfu.  I think they did all live together at first.  

He seems to have had a very unsettled private life with one daughter committing suicide, and three divorces and one wife dying early.



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