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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Clea – Lawrence Durrell

Clea, who had always been a shadowy presence in the earlier novels, now has her day. But to the same end! Retrieved from ” https: At every corner the violet shadows fell and foundered, striped with human experience—at once savage and tenderly lyrical. In Cleawe see exactly how much of certain characters lives we missed in Mountolive ; Justine’s had a stroke, Nessim lost an eye and a finger, both are on house arrest and aren’t free travel about the city as if Nessim could be clez down.

I felt I was saving Nessim with every kiss I gave you.

I think we can add anti-Semite to the list of bad things lawrencf well. He is quoted on seemingly every page. And kisses themselves became charged with the deliberate affirmation which can come only from the foreknowledge and presence of death. But as you say, each to his own.

Notify me of new posts via email. I planned to celebrate what I had heard was an amazing series of books, and I loved the first, but then, halfway through the second, I got some bad news via email: I know these comments must sound a bit wild.


What does he think he’s saying in the above? And yet, elsewhere, observations such as this ring true to me: It doesn’t help that this is love during wartime: This particular experiment of his is the very last word in the psychology of love and of people in udrrell.

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

I adored where I thought these novels would go. You can pick up any 1-of-the-4 volumes in the quartet–at any page, and its the same starting-and-ending point.

This structure, with its interpretations and counter-interpretations by other characters all seems very logical, given that they are well-educated writers or artists.

I wish more people would read this liberating non-judgemental book about personal life juxtaposed with war and history. She was forced to use you as a decoy in order to protect him from the jealousy of Nessim whom she had married.

Clea – Lawrence Durrell | Pseudo-Intellectual Reviews

And there is so much else to read. They embrace the whole of the human motive. Jun 09, David rated it really liked it.

May 01, Roger Brunyate rated it liked it Shelves: They’ve worked out what they’re seeking after. They interlap, interweave, in a purely spatial relation. Durrell writes his love tale with multiple characters which twists-around-on-itself. I found Lawrnce the weakest of the four, perhaps because Durrell is winding down, as is the historic city of Alexandria.

Lawrejce what the lawrennce ordered…. 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. Jan 07, John David rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mnemjian arrives unexpectedly to see Darley with a message from Nessim and news of events in Alexandria—notably the fall from prosperity of the Hosnani family Nessim, his wife Justine, and brother Narouz—the latter dead.


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.

Where Clea isn’t about Darley and Clea, in fact, it’s primarily about Pursewarden—the fragile, brilliant author whose notebook “My Conversations with Brother Ass” makes up a big chunk of this book’s middle third. She has made amends with Memlik Pasha by discovering he just wanted an entrance into society.

Clea (The Alexandria Quartet #4) by Lawrence Durrell

A large part of him also enjoyed suffering; if not that then the being made to endure his self-inflicted wounds. I plan to reread them soon. So we get these portraits of key characters that change as we see them from the eyes of the other portraits. And if you thought perhaps Durrell would run out of material after writing three other books on the same subjects So much else to write. She even defends herself to Darley saying she lied but he lied to himself in deifying her. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Hard-nosed nostalgia buffs, bleeding hearts and artists and other such scum. I’m not gonna talk about periodontal disease right now, but yeah Aug 27, Ezgi rated it liked it Shelves: I’ve talked too much.

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.