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 . 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. 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.

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For my comments on JustineBalthazarand Mountolivethe first three books of the Alexandria Quartet, follow the respective links.

And, of course, it should go without saying that that goes for the series as well. Alexandria itself is as much a state of mind as a geographical location.

Essentially, this is the book in which religion and politics have their way with the cast of characters. But I must try. The Alexandria Quartet — Lawrence Durrell s: Xurrell, of course, this being the Alexandria Quartet, there is another way of looking at things.

Want to Read saving…. The grand turn hidden in this last book hinges on the title lawrencd, Clea. She has made amends with Memlik Pasha by discovering he just wanted an entrance into society. Even if it had been conceived of as a trilogy, “Clea” fits in neatly.

And so I would conclude that, though somewhat less enjoyable than the first three, Clea is a worthwhile conclusion. Never seen one so well drawn. A change of assignment. But at this stage I should stop and hand over. Please try again later. Durrell still writes well; there is a marvelous set piece early in the book when he approaches Alexandria by sea during a wartime blackout, only to have it suddenly appear out of the darkness in the flare of searchlights, tracer bullets, and incendiary bombs.


In returning to a tight focus on Darley and one woman, from a more mature or at least more experienced perspective, Durrell does something quite opposite to the prospect Pursewarden deplores so loudly—in no way does he “put a tea-cosy over reality” p.

I am sure this is deliberate, though; when Darley again meets Justine, his siren from the first novel, she has spilt a bottle of perfume over herself, and the entire encounter is bathed in its almost nauseating aroma. The language is eloquent, the plot more intricate and surprising than I could have anticipated, and the total accomplishment is beautiful. It can often lead nowhere.

He then leaves Egypt to serve in posts abroad for many years. But Darley refers to it as a “poisoned loving cup”. However, Leila has in the meantime survived smallpox, which has left her face scarred. I would write madly and read widely, but not too much, lest I disturb the growth of my inner, bookish cool. But the Darley of Clea returns to a lesser avatar of Pursewarden, as a kind of fun-house mirror for himself.

Meddling with Time Pursewarden makes a similar point in relation to Proust: As in Justine the series begins and ends with the protagonist Darley, the Irish ex-patriot.

However, its concerns seem to revolve around the questions: She even defends herself to Darley saying she lied but he lied to himself in deifying her. I’ve quoted from the other three, so here’s a bit of Clea: Oh, and if ever I was gonna durreell a fictional dad it would be Nessim.

I would have preferred it more focused.

The Alexandria Quartet: ‘Love is every sort of conspiracy’

This site uses cookies. Each reader must and shall form their own image of her; but howsoever you imagine her, she is a uniquely intense fictional wraith which will remind you of what great literature can do. But to the same end! Everyone who remained behind is falling apart: 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.


My primary reading focus is literary fiction, and young adult fiction with occasional hazardous dabblings in fantasy. The prose throughout the series is absolutely stunning, the characters completely believable including a range, in each, from sympathetic to unsympathetic as the reader meets them in different circumstances and with different knowledge.

Creeping her way down a cobblestone street in Alexandria; feeling her way along the wall with her hands.

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Thank you for your review. It may be entirely dead as a style with any contemporary power. Some, however, have moved on or shuffled off this mortal coil.

I am thinking back to the time when for the four of us the known world hardly existed; days became simply the spaces between dreams, spaces between the shifting floors of time, of acting, of living out the topical.

I hope you will enjoy Avignon… it is a tough novel, not as brilliantly written, but much more ambitious and therefore capable of falling far….

Inexplicably, he shuns her.

Rather cpea and frail physically, but doesn’t admit it. I invented these terms: They ride the spiral of time together. Few books have been awaited as eagerly as Cleathe sensuous and electrically suspenseful novel that resolves the enigmas of the Alexandria Quartet. No, for Darley, as a surrogate for Durrell though far from being his wish-fulfillment “Mary Sue,” admits that he himself would rather read Pursewarden’s prose.