When Ana moved to Athens, she was excited. She couldn’t wait to meet new people, wander around the city, absorb every second of her new life there. She was prepared to face the challenges: different language, culture, mentality. New habits, new rhythm and way of life. Ana spoke some Greek already …
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I came across this passage in a book I received as a school prize and I’ve only just rediscovered it.
As you can see Gerry is well written like his older brother Lawrence Durrell. They were life long friends even though you may not get that idea from the TV show The Durells. Because of his prowess with animals and the profound effect he has had on the world of conservation, he was awarded an OBE (order of the British empire). He founded DICE which is the Durrell institute of conservation and ecology.
Gerry has written many books but I haven’t been able to get hold of any so far. The above passage is from My Family and other animals which is slightly autobiographical. 2 of his other books that form the Corfu trilogy are also autobiographical in nature. Birds, beasts and relatives along with the Garden of the Gods.
I have been recommended to read him especially Bats in the Belfry, based on comments that have been left when I wrote about the articles I mentioned earlier. So when I get the opportunity to I will indulge. I think Amazon is going to be my best bet here. It’s how I acquired most of my Lawrence Durrell books so far.
Theodore Stephanides (wiki link for personal details) who is Gerry’s friend, tutor and fellow botanist also played a big part in his life. He features in Lawrence’s Prospero’s Cell and Henry Miller‘s The Colossus of Maroussi. I have also written an article about Theodore Stephanides as he is the answer to another question that I was asked and at that time I couldn’t answer him.
It’s amazing how I start writing about one thing and I follow the trail that is made and it ends up becoming a rabbit hole with many offshoots in which one can become lost in. My posts are becoming an interconnected web of life in the 1920s and 30’s.
He is the Fifth part of the foreigners series who are interested in Greece:
Other series include Greek Poets, Painters, Authors, Musicians, Famous Greeks, and Rural Villages in Lefkás. All the links can be found here Series links.
Here are his specific personal details. Gerald Durrell
He was friends with Lawrence Durrell and an inspiration to him. They had a life long friendship upon meeting and he was also another prolific writer. He wrote novels, poetry and plays of the slightly scandalous variety. At least by 1930’s standards anyway.
His most famous works are Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and The Colossus of Maroussi which was written about the couple of years he spent in Greece with Lawrence Durrell in the 1930’s.
I haven’t actually read any of his work nor do I have any copies of it. However for a man who had to publish in France because his work was banned in the USA and England until at least the 1960’s due to the provocative content. With some not even being published until after his death in 1980; this isn’t surprising. His work isn’t in circulation as much due to its risqué content and his first novel has never been published.
For details by someone who is more familiar with his work read Cristian Milai’s article here Henry Miller.
Here are the details of Miller’s personal life.Henry Miller.
He is part of my series of articles on writers that are connected in some way to Greece.
Other series include Greek Poets, Authors, Musicians, Famous Greeks, Rural Villages in Lefkás and Foreigners who have become interested and or benefited Greece in some ways. All the links can be found here Series links.
The “Mystery Blogger Award” rules are as follows:
- Put the award logo/image on your blog
- List the rules
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
- You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
- Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
- Share a link to your best post(s)
I would also like to thank Okoto Enigma, creator of “Mystery Blogger Award.” Okoto’s blog can be found here.
What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma
I would like to thank Bogdan (DM) of Pointless Overthinking https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/90611393
for A) nominating me for this award and B) asking me to write for him.
Three things about myself doesn’t even begin to describe who I am but I am
1.Unique which is a very good thing as you wouldn’t want to be me trust me on this
2. Autistic hence I say things that the average person doesn’t which can be quite troublesome at times
3.English which is kind of indicated by the fact I am the https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B01G9629BG?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1554286028&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true&ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&rfkd=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true&sr=8-1
English Introvert but I will pretend to be many others things when it suits me like Greek.
For my nominations I have the following candidates
a) Weiss – Nix,https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/86250983
b) Mathias Sager,https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/66247424
f)Don Massenzio, https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/24176271
h)The Mind of RD Revilo, https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/36908700
i)Breakaway individual, https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/89907265
Now is time for the questions:-
i)Why did you decide to start blogging in the first place?
ii)Do you have a plan for your blog?
iii)How much time do you devote to your blog?
iv)What has made you happiest so far about your blog?
v)What would you like to change/improve to make your blog better?
The answers to the questions that I was asked:-
What would you sacrifice so your dreams can come true?
Compromises are always necessary in life as we simply don’t have the time, energy or motivation to achieve everything that needs to be done. So we are always sacrificing something regardless of whether we want to or not. The choice here is to change the dynamic so that you are choosing what gets left by the wayside, not the universe and everything else.
What is your relationship with pain?
I have been through a near fatal car accident, a force 5 hurricane, experienced a fire, earthquake tremours, floods and powercuts. I also get bad monthly pains so I’m used to it but I don’t like it. I think I have a strong pain threshold but I’m yet to experience the ultimate ie childbirth.
What type of behaviour do you consider weird?
I am an extraordinarily weird person so you have to do something quite shocking and unusual to make me think you are weird. On the other hand things which you find normal I may find weird simply because its different from what I am used to.
How does your writing help others?
Well I would hope that it assists others to lead better lives and to have more understanding of the breadth of diversity that is currently out there in the world.
What is the funniest dream you have ever had?
I very rarely remember my dreams but the one that sticks in my memory is when I dreamt about giving birth to a black baby and since the mind can’t comprehend a pain it hasn’t experienced yet, it was completely painless so very bizarre.
Finally some of my blog posts
Thankyou for reading this massive post
If your at a more advanced level with your Greek this post will help you sound more natural and less like all of your learning came from a book, app or cd
what would you like to achieve with your language learning goals if you have any?
Imagine you’re strolling along the street in Athens, a lovely sunny day of Spring… A lady is standing on the sidewalk. She chats with her friend who’s sitting at her little geranium-filled balcony. You can’t help but overhear their chat: – Τα έμαθες; Η ανιψιά μου πήγε στην Αμερική. Στο καλύτερο
A beautiful piece about the return of spring and lots of Greek to practice on too!
Λεπτομέρεια από τον πίνακα του Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema,(1836-1912) “Εαρινή ισημερία” , 1894.
In ancient times, the spring equinox marks the time of the return of the goddess Persephone from the Underworld. Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, goddess of the earth and, at the fall equinox, she descends downward into the Underworld to visit with the dead.
In her absence, Demeter searches in vain for her daughter, and becomes consumed by grief, causing all of the earth to wither and die. The gods later intervene, bringing Persephone back up from the Underworld to reunite with her mother at spring time, thus the blossoming of the earth anew. Grecian history marks the story of
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