[lit-ideas] From Iguaçu to Buenos Ayres: the Coward Diaries -- and beyond

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:23:20 EDT

In a message dated 9/14/2010 4:22:41 A.M. Time,  mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx 
: In cowardly vein, JLS described Noel's  arrival in Argentina via the 
falls. A friend told me that the best view of  the falls is on the 
Argentine side.

--- Yes.
I wouldn't know exactly what route Coward followed. If you look at a map,  
that river is quite a bother. It's the Parana. I am familiar with the way 
the  river 'ends' on the River Plate. 
I wouldn't know WHERE he got ONTO the boat. Surely the "Falls" (Iguacu --  
with 's' under the 'c' -- or Iguazu) is pretty turbulent, so I wouldn't know 
 where exactly you take the boat. But it would have taken like quite a bit 
to  descend downstream from the Falls to the Harbour of Buenos Ayres.
It is my understanding that Coward went to Chile after the Buenos Ayres  
stay. And he must have arrived to Rio (where the South American leg of his 
trip  started) by transatlantic.
----- The trip was just a necessity for Coward since he had suffered a  
mental breakdown, if that's the word. It was that busy year in London when he  
had presented "Cavalcade" and other gems. And the critics were always so 
violent  against him.
---- (A workaholic, plus, he was).
If he arrived in the Harbour of Buenos Ayres, he is never too clear where  
in Buenos Ayres he stayed. He mainly focuses on how boring the Brits were -- 
who  approached him and wanted him to be JUST with them. He makes the 
comment that  the whole point of visit a country is to mix with the locals 
than with  the expats. And makes this passing reference to Guedala.
I first thought he was being ironic (like, "who cares for Guedala") -- but  
I did find Guedala's exquisite "Argentine tango" -- his memoirs in Buenos 
Aires  -- and possibly Coward was slightly envious of the way Guedala had 
been a sort  of 'darling' of Society --. He was Oxford educated, too, as I 
recall, which  Coward wasn't (and somewhat resented). (In Coward's case, he 
never was  'educated', never mind Oxford -- his classrooms were the stages of 
Iguazu Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls (Portuguese: Cataratas do  
Iguaçu [kataˈɾatɐz du iɡwaˈsu]; Spanish: Cataratas del Iguazú [kataˈɾataz 
ðel  iɣwaˈsu]) are waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of 
the  Brazilian State of Paraná and the Argentine Province of  Misiones
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