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The End The End mind you only of an Affair There is something greasy and sueamish about this much like Greene s masterpiece Bendrix and Darley deserve each other but before one can Blitz the Casbah the threads separate and the emphasis chugs along at a different angle involving other souls Some dead others despairing There is a dank musk of incest ere This theme finds a bizarre counterpoint throughoutThe novel Balthazar takes the premise of Justine foreigners behaving badly in the ancient city and extrapolates it with an unknown resonance A History worthy of Foucault is forming midway through the second novel DarleyDurrell is establishing a great interlinear a ypertext with contradicting testimony interspersed in is own account Montolive is my favorite of the set and a likely zenith for Durrell s ambition The title character is a diplomat whose own troubled passion vibrates the relations of all the other characters even as War looms on the Gebrauchsanweisung Fr Bayern horizon The poems of Cavafyaunt the crackling descriptions of the feverish Egypt of the 1930s This is a lost city buried under Islamic nationalism and a modern legacy of defeat and corruption The uartet clambers to alt in Clea by far the weakest novel of the series The necessary throes of Darley and Clea felt so contrived that I ave trouble even thinking calmly about it now What does remain placid is my memories of the book as object I bought a Time And Free Will hardcovered boxed set of the uartet 20 years ago and attempted several times to find purchase in its opening pages This was to avail Last fall whileobbling about on a sore knee in Berlin I went with my wife to an English Language second Isn Vankilassa hand book shop just off of Karl Marx Allee It is pathetic than romantic to see an American limping about abroad withis Sullintroduzione In Italia Della Collezione Dansegiso E Sulla Data Del Cosi Detto Capitulare Mantuanum Duplex Attribuito Allanno 787 hands full of snobby novels Thus I am guilty Lawrence Durrell to meas to be the most celebrated English novelist of the 20th century I ve read all of Yesterdays Atlanta his books but The Alexandria uartet is unuestionablyis most brilliant work in the period just before the Second World War in AlexandriaIt was originally four novels Justine Balthazar Mountolive and Clea and they Gypsy Ballads have been combined into this work I read this book about twenty years ago and I look at it from time to time just to read the exuisite style I still love it I think in all that I prefer the section on Mountolive Theree becomes involved with Leila an older woman and married He keeps in touch with Encyclopedia Of Natural Magic her and then goes back to seeer many years later Always a twist and something elseAll I can say if someone asked me if I only Five Days At Memorial had one book that I could possibly keep what would that be Well unuestionably the Alexandria uartet I just find it so impossible to describe this fantastic style of writing The author s vocabulary is breathtaking and the writing is just pure elegance Looking over the Goodreads reviews of this tetralogy I find almost everyone gave it either five stars with the note that it s the greatest work theyave ever read and that it changed their lives to one or two stars marked by utter impatience I can identify with both There are breathtakingly beautiful descriptions of every aspect of nature light desert sea wildlife and repeated descriptions of the lovely decadent and deadly city of Alexandria Durrell makes you feel the eat smell the fragrances and taste on the wind both the dust of the desert and the salt of the Mediterranean Sea He also can let is prose run away with The Secret Babies him He foundimself a prey to gravitational forces which lie inherent in the time spring of our acts making them spread ramify and distort themselves making them spread as a stain will spread upon a white ceiling Block that metaphor In spite of occasional excesses like this Durrell rendered me as Teru Teru X Shonen Vol 1 helplessly enchanted as the five star readers but eventually as irritated as the two stars This work is about everything and thus about nothing in particular It is about memory and its illusions about every form of love you can imagine including brother sister incest about faith and betrayal bothuman and religious about art and its causes supernatural forces genius luck work about the inadeuacy of words for accurate communication The Rap Year Book he complains at one point that evenis wonderful descriptions are only the verbal euivalent of a monochrome snapshot about the impossibility of ever capturing truth by means of memory and expression After a thousand pages I was oping for some resolution some admission that although the truth is not possible we can at least make better and better approximations but resolution would ave been untrue to the fundamental claims the work was trying to make I Helsinki Insight Pocket Guide have a friend whoas read this work three times since it came out around 1960 with a different but always admiring view of it each time I can see possibly tackling it again in 10 years or so but right now I ve absorbed all I can Zeus gets Hera on Highlanders Captive Highlander Trilogy 3 her backBut finds that sheas lost
The KnackExtenuated By ExcessesShe knackExtenuated by excessesShe unable she confessesNothing daunted Zeus who wise isTries a dozen good disguisesEagle ram and bull and bearuickly answer Hera s prayerOne knows a God should be prolixBut think of all those different The recent violence against Coptics in Egypt claimed by many to be the worst the country The English Elegy has seen in at least 300 years adds a further layer of resonance and relevance to this extraordinary novel see for an overview of events last year in particular Layering is an appropriate term for Durrell s techniue in an effort to step outside the linear nature of storytellinge Untitled has created a series of re tellings which work upon each other re write each other His pacing of reveals is pitch perfect and times genuinely thrilling Layering also occurs when one thinks of the literary techniues on display the first novel in the uartet is very much of the turn of the century style modernist traditionally told full of rather na ve exoticisation and riffs on love But as soon as we move onward as soon as our perspective shifts the techniues shift too Hints of the post modern and the post colonial shimmer to the surface one realises that the uartet as a whole is something very much greater than the sum of its parts Alexandria at the end of the Empire is a city too of many layers Layers ofistory religion politics class and sex all of which are brought expertly in to play Criticisms Well Durrell does at times allow Beautiful Dreamer his language to run away fromim and become what can only be termed purple or florid However as "this is primarily the case in the first novel which we "is primarily the case in the first novel which we is written by one of the characters it can perhaps be excused There is at times much that a follower of Said would criticise though once again for a novel set in the 1930 s and written in the 1950 60 s much can be excused Finally there is far too much gender essentialism for my ueered sensibilities lots of that Woman is X Man is D rubbish which all sounds very lovely and poetic but means precisely bugger all Nevertheless I suppose the simplest thing to say about this book is that my reading of it was a pleasure from beginning to end It is a bona fide masterpiece in the old style and often breathtakingly well written Finished Justine the first novel The language is the star ypnotic insightful poetic abstracted stupefying sublime ridiculously overwritten 73% of the time with two similes packed into a metaphorical sentence etc Struck me as exactly the sort of supreme Euro literary tradition that Knausgaard wanted to throw off Clear characters although they all seem caught in the Alexandrine amber of the language Sexy subtly sensationalist not much appens except for really dramatic stuff in the past and present often soporific but always worth slow careful reading Will read Balthazar the second novel later this summer need to read something a little lighter now something in which every image is not so modified and significant Even though it took me ages to finish this massive read the elouence and the elegancy of the prose blew me away I absolutely adored the fact that the plot was non linear at least during the first 3 books whilst the landscape descriptions were mesmerizing and Glaucos 02 hauntingThis is definitely an unparallel piece of art full of philosophical reflections and beautifully written passages about love Yes one day I found myself writing down with trembling fingers the four words four letters four faces with which every story teller since the world beganas staked Food And Gender his slender claim to the attention ofis fellow men Words which presage simply the old story of an artist coming of age I wrote Once upon a time And I felt as if the whole universe ad given me a nudge. Nded affair with a woman Balthazar reinterprets the romantic perspective e placed on the affair and its aftermath in Justine in philosophical and intellectual terms Mountolive tells a story minus interpretation and Clea reveals Darley's ealing and coming to love another woma. .
I supposethat 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 layersa series of novels with sliding panels Balthazar p 338JustineA rhythmic rolling book without too much plot to speak of However as a novel it works brilliantly as a sort of literary expose about Meetings With The Archangel human relationships and love If there is one thing you can take away from reading this it is the sensuous evocative and delectable language It is a treat for the literary senses One of the criticisms of modern books like A Game of Thrones Kraken and Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West is that collectively they try tooard to be gritty atmospheric or sexy Justine in contrast is a prime example of ow to write an atmospheric novel with an underlying exploration of sexuality without appearing to physically strain words through a blender The language is organic not relying upon cursing or vivid description of sexual organs Rather skilful use of adjectives creates the right sense and connotation for the reader to understand what Durrell aims to say about love and sensualityThe main criticism of this novel is the apparent lack of plot That said there appears to be no plot merely because the plot is buried within woven language of such elaboration and complexity that any linear plot as readers normally understand them can be ard to observe Justine was still a beautiful start to this uartet and easily a 4 and a alf star bookBalthazarThis novel is far difficult to understand than its predecessor Justine due to what appeared to be shifts in the narrative chronology and also narrator Durrell changes is narrators in subtle ways meaning that you ave to be focusing intently to grasp the inner complexities of the story making it in many ways similar to Titus Groan albeit less bizarre yet the thickness of the text is very similar In many ways this makes Balthazar a stronger novel than Justine and a weaker novelThis appears a weaker novel simply because those who found the first book lacking in plotting may find this second novel a tedious venture As mentioned the changes in narrator and possibly timeframe for the viewpoint create a challenge for the reader Yet it feels as if Durrell purposefully makes is work complex in order to allow the reader to observe that love and relationships are complex and often very messy particularly the modern way love is approached by individuals as a free for allIt also appears that Durrell s intentions are clear in this novel as to what e is attempting to achieve ence making it a stronger work entirely His skills as a wordsmith and stylist which leads one to compare Dream Animals him to Mervyn Peake are fully on display in phrases like the cloying grunting intercourse of saxophones and drums and The dark tides of Eros which demand full secrecy if they are to overflow theuman soul The first phrase particularly fascinated me because it indicated a subtle sense of Mu123 Discovering Mathematics Book C humour in the writing which I assume given by Durrell s intelligent nature is intentional Thisumour stems from the fact that the word for Jazz which Durrell powerfully describes originally came from a word meaning the act of intercourse The second phrase in conjunction with the first also reveals that though Durrell is a classy poetic writer the evocation of Eros is sublime The First Book Of The Black Goddess heas a The Portable Jung hint of earthiness tois uality In other words Gay Sex Positions he is both a man of the gentry or bourgeoisie as well as the peasantry On the whole easily a five star novel Veryighly recommended for anyone who appreciates literary novels classics or fine prose over traditional plottingMountolivePerhaps the weakest of all the four novels in this tetralogy Mountolive again takes the reader back through the narrative arc of the first two novels Yet even through its weakness this novel reveals the strength of the overall work the ability to weave a portrayal of a city and its people into a complex analysis of politics and modern loveOften when a writer travels back over narratives already familiar to the reader what events will occur next is rather obvious Yet Durrell is able to convince the reader that they understand very little of the events of the previous books unearthing new layers and new details for the reader In particular the idden elements connected to espionage and war profiteering Yet as mentioned Mountolive for whatever reason is
Weaker Than The Otherthan the other tales in the entire Alexandria uartet Perhaps it is the fact of ow the narrative shifts to other characters than in previous novels and in the final novel The main character of this novel the titular David Mountolive is a less fascinating and enigmatic character and the encounters Krpersprache Im Beruf heas are from Peach Picking Time his perspective less engaging to the reader That said the scenes with Pursewarden in this novel are some of its greatest aspects and not to be missed by any readerFour starsCleaIt is in Clea that the full experimental and uniue nature of this entire work is revealed Lawrence Durrell in the previous booksad experimented with chronology and nesting narratives into the tale yet in Clea this experimentation reaches a glorious crescendoWhere the previous three novels Remind Me Chasing Fire 1 had followed the same plotline from different perspectives Clea takes the reader into the future to observe whatappens to the characters after For the most part the conclusions are not happy or beautiful rather they reveal a sense of the corrupting influence of the city Yet this novel is the most beautifully written of all of them inow it merges poetry and prose into an exploration of the impact of modern loveUltimately the conclusion that can be drawn from this novel is that in acting selfish one can expect ill gains in the future Where the idea of free love Kaleb Sutra Starting Positions had entered the public awareness Durrell seems to suggest that love is never free Indeede seems to challenge the reader as to the nature of real ealthy love and ask them to observe that sexual love is a defining knowledgeable act That love in its entirety is also deep and complex much like the narration s flow is also an aspect of this final conclusion s didactic tale Five starsThe Entire WorkAs a work of fiction The Alexandria uartet in its entirety is profound serenely beautiful and complex It reminds the reader of Ulysses in ow it experiments "With The Reader S Understanding Of Plot "the reader s understanding of plot and it reminds one of The Great Gatsby in its poetic prose style Yet this is a uniue work one of those which shall be remembered for years as a truly classic novel I received The Alexandria uartet as a Christmas gift from a dear person and I was in the mood for reading series Although I Movies In Fifteen Minutes haven tad much time for reading this books Cats Kingdom had aypnotic uality to them that sucked me in deep in the Durrell s world city of Alexandria There are so many great uotes from this books that I not going to uote anything because I can t decide on one of just a few The writing was magical poetic mystical deep talking about core and the essence of Levinas And The Ancients humans often saying thing that are ignored and not talked about It was painfullyonest and written in original style that got me lost in abyss of uman sexuality subconscious places and seen and unseen realms of relationships You can perceive city of Alexandria as ell and as whole earth and characters are not defined and fixed their faces constantly change thought out the course of narrative and through them you can see struggles flaws and dark places of each and every one of us Books take you on a different stream of consciousness than your own and if you are willing to dig deep enough they are taking you on a journey of discovery of things that you never The Harbinger had the courage to unravel about yourself This is almost like a manifest of philosophy of introspection What fascinated me the most is constant change in perspective that reallyighlighted the subjective outlook of one person overall relativity of the truth and complexity of uman character The protagonists seem renewed over and over again and were deeply layered often going in the unexpected directions not afraid to live as they want and take risks even at the cost of being misunderstood or ated by other people Durrell The Best Of Cemetery Dance Volume 2 had the courage to explore most of the taboo themes of society and moral wrongs while not be subjective or judgemental and not injectingis own moral standings He brings the reader in the state were Getting To Know Seo he doesn t feel likee can will or even want to judge any of characters behaviour even when they re engaging in adultery incest suicide and other sins condemned by socie. Lawrence Durrell's series of four novels set in Alexandria Egypt during the 1940s The lush and sensuous series consists of Justine1957 Balthazar1958 Mountolive1958 Clea1960 Justine Balthazar and Mountolive use varied viewpoints to relate a series of events in Alexandria before.
SUMMARY The Alexandria uartetTy and religion He perfectly showed the deepness of decadence of 2 human spirit and civilization in the same time not giving it too much of importance in the great scheme of one s life story andistory of umanity enlightening that the deep reasons for one s actions are far significant that the action itself and behind one s moral flaws lies the story worth telling and understanding unravelling it s layers time and times again from changing perspectives There is so little that we know about ourselves and others and Durrell perfectly pointed the lavishness of is characters despite their brokenness While I was reading Les Trois Mousuetaires last week I wondered a couple of times if it Sos had served as partial inspiration for The Alexandria uartet One of the cleverest things about the Dumas novel is the waye reinterprets early 17th century French How To Get Rich history as really being about the romantic lives of Anne of Austria on the large scene and D Artagnan on the small one a sort of Sherlock HolmesBasil the Great Mouse Detective deal Here Durrell takes the idea a step further The first three novels give interlocking views of the same story In Justine weave an account of a complex love affair from the point of view of one of the people involved The second novel Balthazar gives a different external perspective on the same affair suddenly a number of things which previously didn t uite make sense come into perspective In Mountolive we get a third take the whole thing was really about a messy political intrigue And the last book is a seuel to all threeIn contrast to Dumas Durrell doesn t say that any of the versions is the true one I wondered too if Jan Kj rstad was in Claimed By Eros his turn inspired by Durrell whene composed the Jonas Wergeland trilogy again we Sourcery Discworld 5 have the same events shown from three complementary perspectives Though I noticed no overt reference to Durrell and Kj rstad usually likes to give you aint or two Well This was far from being among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century as claimed by the so called Modern Library whoever they are It was uniue challenging and bizarre as well as at times inconsistent dare I say flawed And yet somehow in the flaws is a level of Songbook honesty not found in so many books that smoothly portray reality with details intended to seduce the reader into believing That trickery of perceptionHere sow it went for me beautiful poetic writingfollowed by casual racismthen brilliant artistic insightsthen ugly amoral behaviorthen cultural revelationsthen awkward constructionthen imaginative atmospheric metaphors capturing a sense of place and timethen postmodern literary devicesetc etc This book is such an odd duck that it certainly does achieve something uite uniue in English literature I do agree with that I can almost compare it in a way to Infinite Jest not in content or style but in the innate inconsistency that defies categorization The awkwardness at times felt as though the author was showing is work and a writer is the main character So is it post modern or is it not It s ambiguous sprawling beastly occasionally boring It s not one thing It s four books that meander through a continuous storyline in diverse waysOne of the oddities is the perspective changes Book One Justine is told from the first person perspective of the writer Darley Book Two Balthazar is also told by Darley owever it completely alters the understanding we ave about the characters from Book One It straddles this odd border between metafiction and fiction because it features a partial retelling of the events from Book One I would subtitle it The Misperceptions of Darley The premise is that Darley gave the manuscript of Book One it s implied but never uite stated that Durrell s actual Book One is Darley s manuscript to this other character Balthazar who then corrects all of Darley s misperceptions Much like an editor might use Comments in Microsoft Word to make revisionary suggestions to an authors draft Book Two reveals that there was so much behind the scenes that Darley didn t understand it completely repositions a new perspective the characters from Book One One of the repeated themes of the book is that we really never understand each other what makes up a self is ighly uestionable as well and over and over in the series new facets of individuals and motives and previously unrevealed actions causes us to reevaluate the characters many times over Couple that with changes that Mr Jaguar happen to them over time itighly destabilizes the concept of identityBook Three Mountolive throws another wrench into the consistency of the story in that it is told from a third person perspective a close god s eye view from inside some of the characters featured in Books One and Two This was a strange shift that was not particularly justified by Durrell and presents details that Darley never could The Challenge Of Our Times have known authorial invention One mightypothesize that it represents a book written by Darley as
If The Character Wrotethe character wrote 3however this premise is again never directly stated "So I Found The "I found the awkwardThe fourth book Clea returns us to Darley s first person perspective much as in Books One and Two Again new aspects to the characters are revealed or ave evolved We never really knew them and they are constantly in a state of flux just as uantum particles and the universe areMost impressive throughout The Alexandria uartet is the nearly baroue poetic language Durrell is uite masterful and insightful when e allows Vzahov N his characters to be There are in fact TWO writers as characters in the book and Durrell manages to make them both talented artistic and elouent and yet utterly distinct Very skillful subtle writingThe racism is absolutely disturbing without uestion It would seem likely that being true to British expats living in Egypt before and just after World War II the characters are going to be infused with racialist views But the casual use of racist epithets to describe black music and black musicians is disturbing not to mention the exotic portrayal of Egyptians Exoticism in its own way is something that betrays a level of racism thatas been written about by various cultural critics it portrays races as other and incomprehensible If Durrell were weaving this into De Adelaars his story for a thematic reason givingim the benefit of intentionality it would likely be to point out that we are ALL exotic and incomprehensible to each other Durrell certainly never sugarcoats the brutality or prejudice of The Victorian Tailor his characters and makes no obvious judgement upon them He presents the occurrences rather neutrally or amorally This is dicey indeed Does it matter whate the author thought Or is it important Museum Informatics how we now reflect on this series published in the late 1950s It s jarring to read such casually used language as if it s just an everyday thing Yet I think it was rather valuable in an odd way because it put me in the mindset ofow Trump spoke about immigrants infesting this country or like Roseann Barr tossing off Pril Geluk her racist tweets This is casual conversation for many Americans It mightave been a very small aspect of this book to Durrell but it Aspects Of Gravitational Interactions had a big effect on me as a reader today Racist beliefs are just an assumed automatic and offand aspect of the worldview of so many individuals that changing it will reuire a lot of significant social change Of course right now we are going in the opposite direction with the mainstreaming of racismWithout a doubt this is an unusual and powerful work but not one I can particularly recommend I would think those with patience for the unfolding of a story who appreciate off kilter experimental works that live in an undefinable uantum state of wtfthen yes perhaps this is for you Strangely enough I ve The Haunted Castle Of Ravencurse Wizards Warriors Amp You 5 heard this described by some as a romance It seemed an anti romance to me I realized then the truth about all love that it is an absolute which takes all or forfeits all The other feelings compassion tenderness and so on exist only on the periphery and belong on the constructions of society andabitMy gratitude for MJ Nicholls remains at the fore of this celebration It wasn t Now Its Just Us Wrong Girl 1 5 he that steered me to this massive work I amonestly unable to gather any of MJNs inferences in the direction of Durrell It was Nicholls esprit that laudable expansion on what we talk about when we review books on GR Nietzsche started this ball rolling waxing loudly that there are not facts but only interpretations This leads us gleaming into the vortex of Durrell s 4D apologies to Sherman and Peabody tetralogy one name one face one book for each dimension in that dotty uantum wayWe begin at. World War II In Clea the story continues into the years during the war One LG Darley is the primary observer of the events which include events in the lives of those Dick Niglet And The Shit Wizards Of Asscabin he loves and thosee knows In Justine Darley attempts to recover from and put into perspective is recently ,