By birth he was a Greek Jew. His parents had come from Corfu, and so Italian was his first language. He spoke Greek, Arabic and English fluently. Obviously, then, a typical citizen of Alexandria, and so ideally equipped to answer a question that had been bothering me for several years. As soon as I decently could I asked, "Is the Alexandria of Lawrence Durrell's novels anything like the city you remember? But the Alexandria of Mr.
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It is impossible to discuss this fourth volume in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive apart from It is impossible to discuss this fourth volume in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive apart from the others, as it would be difficult to read it without having read the others. But the initiated will find themselves happily engulfed once more from the opening sentences.
The first three novels encompassed the same material and time, with sundry plots and counterplots of both a personal and a political nature in the period leading up to World War II.
Each was told from a different angle. Clea moves forward in time, the events taking place during and after the war. It is told by Darley, the schoolroom teacher-writer, as were the first two, and concerns primarily his love affair with Clea, the bi-sexual painter, and the growth of both into mature artists. But since these books are about everything, or at least the literary preoccupations of our times, there are other characters at least as important and other themes more thoroughly explored.
The writing is again rich with implication, color, evocation, humor, wit and poetry. The characters are as vivid as dreams, and the city of Alexandria is as intensely realized as any character.
Quartet is a magnificent whole, with each of its plots running into the others like a Rorschach ink blot, producing colors and forms as strange and significant.
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Clea by Lawrence Durrell
Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened. Wow, I didn't expect such a sudden dislike. Allow me to retreat to my hutch to scratch together a review. Not a lot of plot but great prose, almost Wolfean. A good example of mid-century British writing describing friends and experiences in an Alexandria that no longer exists. Lawrence Durrell.
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The magnificent final volume of one of the most widely acclaimed fictional masterpieces of the postwar era. Few books have been awaited as eagerly as Clea , the sensuous and electrically suspenseful novel that resolves the enigmas of the Alexandria Quartet. His style glows with the mineral deposits of many cultures. One of the most important works of our time has come to an end.