Durrell appeared to be quite at home writing his tales down, but apparently he never loved writing or thought of himself as a writer – it was always a way to raise money. Some of his stories stood the test of time. Others really didn’t. 🙄
The Birth of a Title Charming snippet that shows the close bond between GD & his brother Lawrence Durrell and tells how this book got its title. Brought back my own memories of Greece.
The book’s dedication;
This book is for my brother Larry who has always encouraged me to write and rejoiced more tan anyone else in what success I had.
The Birthday Party Oh my word, I just hated Larry after (& in fact during ) this story! I know a fair few arrogant SOBs like this in real life, always thinking they know best, always trampling all over others to get their own way. (view spoiler)[ The ice box (probably a simpler affair than the one in this picture;
Probably the only thing that made life on Corfu bearable for Mother. (hide spoiler)]
Only the punchline saves this one.. 2★(barely)
A Transport of Terrapins Charming, delightful, what I hoped this whole collection would be like. GD’s life long love of the animal kingdom just shines through. The standout story 5★
A Question of Promotion Where GD shows that Larry isn’t the only insufferable member of the Durrell family. Long winded, vain & pompous (not to mention paternalistic & sexist), even GD”s rapport with animals can’t save this one 1.5★
A Question of DegreesWhile fascinating in a way about the workings of the NHS was just TMI for me! 2.5★
Ursula Where GD doesn’t let facts get in the way of a good story! Among others, his sister & mother both said he embroidered or omitted real life events.Lighthearted & funny though. 5★
Maybe I would have had a kinder view of Larry if I had read this first. Warning: may shatter a few Durrell illusions https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/even…