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and saul bellow

...who provided an interesting foil or at least a contrast to durrell:

"Jet engines would tear me from the ground at two thousand miles per hour but where was I going, and what for? The reasons for this terrific speed remained unclear."

"By means of music a man affirmed that the logically unanswerable was, in a different form, answerable. Sounds without determinate meaning became more and more pertinent, the greater the music."

this guy is the master of the pithy phrase. little gems like these by bellow sharpened my ear, helped me catch some of the most miniature overheard items:

"Certain flowers persist."

"I avenged myself by making progress."

and one of my favorite quotes ever:

"Naturally he died a Failure. What else can result from the capitalization of such nouns?"