And at last, the final volume of The Alexandria Quartet reviewed for your pleasure . In Clea () we finally gain a true sequel to the story thus. As soon as I decently could I asked, “Is the Alexandria of Lawrence Durrell’s ” Clea” takes up the same group again in a later period, World War II, and thus is a . Clea (Alexandria Quartet) [Lawrence Durrell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The magnificent final volume of one of the most widely.

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Whereas the first volumes of the Alexandra Quartet begin with a quotation from “Justine” by the Marquis de Sade, Clea starts with a quote from a different work by de Sade.

During a pleasant horseback ride around the grounds, Narouz pauses near a creek, not just to let his horse get a drink but to open his saddlebag and neatly dispose of a human head, as he smiles in embarrassment at his brother.

However, it has not stopped my sentimental hope—equally dangerous—that one day I will again enjoy another pure reading experience. These days it is considered an unsafe location for tourists. This structure, with its interpretations and counter-interpretations by other characters all seems very logical, given that they are well-educated writers or artists.

To finally have finished the fourth in this amazing quartet of books feels like a journey of sorts.

Something about their success made him feel hopeful about the world and himself.

It doesn’t really work; it’s not supposed to; it’s anything but traditional. It seems that Durrell actually intends to give us some resolution to this multi-faceted story, so we revisit the same cast of characters, some now dead, some forever altered.


Spoiler, Or, A Reckoning with Sentimental Habits By Way of Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet

Wow, I didn’t expect such a sudden dislike. I am in the process of re-reading it and enjoying it quite a bit. June 24, at 1: There is also a wonderful scene later on, set at dusk, with Narouz drunk off whiskey and using a bullwhip to kill bats in mid-air as he stands on a high balcony of the Hosnani family estate.

This parting was… well, it was only like changing the bandages until a wound should heal. And how ludicrous that is to say about someone who wrote a definitive perhaps the definitive novel on racism in America.

Clea – Lawrence Durrell

It is a one-of-a-kind literary experience which amply deserves all the sensation and renown which surrounded its original release. They embrace the whole of the human motive.

Someone who goes on about the role of the Artist as much as Durrell does shouldn’t be so indifferent to the discipline of craft. This particular experiment of his is the very last word in the psychology There are four volumes in Lawrence Durrell’s sumptuous, stupendous narrative experiment “Alexandria Quartet’ and taken as a whole, they will astound any sensitive reader.

On the other hand, the sketches are usually beautifully rendered.

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The Hosnani plotlines contain hundreds of wonderful details. Mountolive ends with a terrifying scene where Mountolive gets drunk and wanders into the city, only to end up in a oawrence filled with little girls. It was crosshatched, crabbed, starred with questions and answers in different-coloured inks, in typescript. It is as thoroughly lawreence as the first three volumes and equally enjoyable. Now I read with the intent to opine, worrying about the very real possibility of being exposed for a rube.

Jul 12, Pages. Meanwhile, you readers with a taste for exotic lands and cultures–you can and should plunge into this one succinct concoction and realize just how you are wasting your time with today’s cheap HBO-fantasy-series.


There must be at least a few artistic gods to worship. That can speak for itself. All of the main participants take some sort of bow. Posted by Chad Hull at Saturday, February 04, Things do not all lead forward to other things: Altogether, the Quartet is magnificent.

Realizing this stunned me. Beyond that idea, too, I want to stop all lawernce. Jan 07, John David rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her limbs are wispy and slender; her skin white and durrfll but she has a greedy sexuality. To view it, click here. I feel similarly about Durrell. His style glows with the mineral deposits of many cultures. Aquele que em si sentir a sede de afirmar Pronuncie-se sem demora. But your choice of a antidote to reading such heavy stuff is brilliant—P.

The past seems to shape both the present and the future: I was able to read for a while and forget, but later, more than once, unable to forget the accusations, I saw no point in finishing the books. His “A”-game prose is poetic in the best sense of that over-used word. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Clea is a painter; she is in Egypt to paint but also to love. Perhaps, then, Pursewarden in contrast to Proust focuses more on the present than either the past or the future.

I want to know that there will be celebrations to come.