The Alexandria Quartet

Durrell, Lawrence (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Alexandria Quartet

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L.G. Darley attempts to reconcile himself to the end of his affair with the dark, passionate Justine Hosnani - setting alight a beguiling exploration of sexual and political intrigue that the author himself described as 'an investigation of modern love'.

Authors: Durrell, Lawrence
Statement of Responsibility: Lawrence Durrell
Title: The Alexandria quartet
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2005
Characteristics: 884 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject Headings: Alexandria (Egypt) Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories, English
ISBN: 057122556X
Branch Call Number: FIC D
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Aug 22, 2011
  • c_anderson rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Superb, evocative writing. There is little plot to speak of, and the same characters are examined from 4 different points of view over the 4 novels - each enriches and expands the previous.

So far, I have only read the first two books in this compilation - Justine and Balthazar. Justine was one of the most beautiful, poetic books I've ever read. Reminded me a lot of Michael Ondaatje. Balthazar, sadly, was a little disappointing in comparison. But still a series well worth investing in (and eventually finishing!)


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