The Alexandria Quartet
Lawrence Durrell's series of four novels set in Alexandria, Egypt during the 1940s. The lush and sensuous series consists of Justine (1957) Balthazar (1958) Mountolive (1958) Clea (1960). Justine, Balthazar and Mountolive use varied viewpoints to relate a series of events in Alexandria before... show more
Lawrence Durrell's series of four novels set in Alexandria, Egypt during the 1940s. The lush and sensuous series consists of Justine (1957) Balthazar (1958) Mountolive (1958) Clea (1960).
Justine, Balthazar and Mountolive use varied viewpoints to relate a series of events in Alexandria before World War II. In Clea, the story continues into the years during the war.
One L.G. Darley is the primary observer of the events, which include events in the lives of those he loves and those he knows. In Justine, Darley attempts to recover from and put into perspective his recently ended affair with a woman. Balthazar reinterprets the romantic perspective he placed on the affair and its aftermath in Justine, in more philosophical and intellectual terms.
Mountolive tells a story minus interpretation, and Clea reveals Darley's healing, and coming to love another woman.
Publish date: December 1st 1991
Pages no: 884
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Modern Classics
Series: Alexandria Quartet (#1)
A magnificent work, tightly constructed... it is impossible to consider these four volumes independently. Though published separately, they form a whole. I had thought about reading this since I was 20, when I had read what Henry Miller had to say about Durrell. Of course, I would not have understo...
"I suppose...that if you wished somehow to incorporate all I am telling you into your own Justine manuscript now, that you would find yourself with a curious sort of book - the story would be told, so to speak, in layers...a series of novels with 'sliding panels'"Balthazar, p. 338JustineA rhythmic, ...
From the Frontspiece: Durrell's wartime sojourn in Egypt led to this masterpiece which he completed in Southern France, where he settled permanently in 1957.
If you're wondering why I grabbed this book, listen to this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2012/feb/10/lawrence-durrell-100-podcast
Simply amazing. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful meditations on love, life, war, everything. The story of a group of people living in Alexandria just before World War II - but its so much more than that. Give yourself a few months and take your time - something I rarely, if ever, do - and soak up this...