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Add to GoodRe. The Stronger Sex. The Stronger Sexa study of the women in the fiction of Lawrence Durrell, argues that Lawrence Durrell envisioned a new woman, self-confident, free of male domination, and able to serve, direct, and protect her dependent man.
Far from being a mere follower of D. Lawrence, as many have claimed, Durrell came to insist that man must first cede to woman both the personal and social power and freedom which he has throughout history denied her. Only in this way, suggests Durrell, can modern man both find himself and save himself and so discover and fulfill his own being.
Thus, all of Durrell's women are the saviors of the lost men who must come to them for human completion. Then, paradoxically, and only then, can these same men provide the security, direction, and protection for which their women so desperately search.
Thus, in the "couple" both man and woman are completed in their mutual dependence and final self-discovery. James R. Nichols is chair of the board of The Durrell School of Corfu. He has taught English literature at the university level, both in the United States and abroad.
In this invaluable guide, Nichols writes about Durrell's pervasive focus on women in his novels. Clearly in command of his subject, the author provides numerous insights that clarify the complicated male-female relationships that characterize Durrell's many novels. Durrell and D. Lawrence are often paired, and Nichols begins by addressing this connection and the two authors' similar interest in women figures and their salient differences.
He counsels readers to avoid interpreting Durrell by way of biography; for example, in real life Durrell was notorious for his troubled, even despotic relationships with women. In his fiction, however, he proffers women as exemplars of male completion. For Durrell, woman is the controlling force in life, ushering in the carnality of experience.
Lover, protector, and friend, she is equal to her men in every way and always at the center of a productive relationship.
She is the means to man's freedom, but only as he allows her social and intellectual equality. Durrell emerges as a classicist in his pagan tapestry affirming life's goodness.
Defined by cautiousness and adroit scholarship, Nichols' study is as brilliant in its conception as it is formidable in its telling. Summing Up : Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above.
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