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I only read the Sappho Durrell section properly, while dipping into other stories. Will revisit it at another time, I'm sure. But her writing confirmed some of my suspicions on Durrell, I have to say...
The full title of this volume is "The Family: they Fuck You Up" but fo some reason the good folks at Goodreads couldn't bring themselves to commit that to writing. This volume includes contributions by Sappho Durrell (daughter of the brilliant writer Lawrence Durrell and Eve Cohen), Mikal Gilmore (younger brother to the infamous Gary Gilmore who coined the phrase "Just Do It" while facing a firing squad in Utah (or was that Nike?), Geoffrey wolff (the lesser known but older brother of Tobias Wol...
The first three stories in this are tough to read: A remembrance of Gary Gilmore by his brother, which also works as a harsh recounting of Portland before its heyday; the diary entries of Lawrence Durrell's daughter, Sappho, who later committed suicide; and a very disturbing account of an entire family lost to field burning. Three stars because of a very shallow "memoirs of a backpacker" style piece on Egypt.
I borrowed this issue of Granta from a friend after I developed an interest in the itv series The Durrells and started reading Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals. I loved the series and the Durrell family but kept having this sense that something is not quite right, esp. in the relationship between Mother and Lawrence. Why doesn't Lawrence move to a place of his own? More importantly, why do Louisa and Lawrence behave to each other more like a couple than mother and son? Why is Nancy,