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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-03-11 06:24
Subject: [funny] Lawrence Durrell on Serbian railroad crews
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Reading after my nap on the first leg of my flight home, this made me laugh out loud:
"The engine was a very old one. It had been abandoned before the war by an American film company, and the Yugoslavs had tied it together with wire. Its gaping furnace, which was white hot, was being passionately fed by some very hairy men in cloth caps who looked like Dostoevsky's publishers."

— "The Ghost Train" by Lawrence Durrell, from Esprit de Corps, 1958

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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-03-11 17:19 (UTC)
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Bahahaha! ...For more laughs, don't miss Durrell's Pope Joan, which is as much a sharp dagger in the snooty end of publishing as it is a humorous retake on the legend of the female pope.
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User: icedrake
Date: 2011-03-11 18:24 (UTC)
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Given how much I adore Lawrence Durrell's younger brother and his writing, I really should read more widely in that family. Anything you care to recommend as the starting point?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-03-11 23:54 (UTC)
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See above comment, and his Alexandria Quartet is very well thought of, I believe.
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User: catsparx
Date: 2011-03-12 11:13 (UTC)
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Ha! I'm a big Durrell fan. Both of them
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