And it occurs to me, that this submoral or paramoral world that Durrell is creating is the sort of authorial challenge that interests me, what spurned me to write "my wife suspects me of desiring other women." And the responses, like "your wife...dadada..." were at the literal, not literary, level.
When I envision what I'd write and what I'd like to write, I think my natural writing style would be (is?) a sort of crude Henry Milleresque prose, lacking in style but not spirit, versus the languor of Durrel, Kundera, and, I imagine, Sade and Nabokov. --ams