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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I so wanted that to happen. Even the central relationship between Darley and Clea seems to come about too easily, rather than as the product of the interplay of personalities revealed in this novel; and currell the relationship later encounters difficulty, that too is largely arbitrary and unexplained.

It had a rousing little effect on me when I first read it. This Precious Image “Mountolive”, the third volume in “The Alexandria Quartet”, initially alienated me, but totally turned me around. I started to write, to please that older vision of myself as writer. This page was last edited on 15 Julyat He runs into Clea in the street – and they effortlessly pick up an affaire de coeur – this time unencumbered by the interfering physical presences of Justine and Melissa.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. A memory which catches sight of itself in a mirror. In concepts if not necessarily language that evoke Hegel, the writer Pursewarden theorises: The force of her femininity alone. 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.


L awrence Durrell claimed that the four books of The Alexandria Quartet were “an investigation of modern love”. January 12, at We see Darley looking through his drafts and exercise books as he writes about his life and friends in Alexandria. This rich, exciting fare is Durrell’s finest writing style, a manner of writing few living authors can equal. For Durrell’s project is nothing less than the construction of a multidimensional perspective on a single series of events, a “science-fiction” in his own words based on a view of space-time as a unified continuum.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He wanted them to succeed. Justine, Nessim, even Bathazar. Or are our choices simply limited to lawwrence number of cards in the pack?

I hope it will give comfort to great numbers who are passing through the world in obscurity, when I inform them how easily distinction may be obtained. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Not quite as strong, I thought, as the other three.

Clea – Lawrence Durrell

I took it as a measure of my maturity that I was filled no longer with despairing self-pity but with a desire to be claimed by the city, enrolled among its trivial or tragic memories—if it so wished. It’s hard, perhaps impossible, to summarize four unique novels succinctly, let alone attempt to describe their cohesive whole. They interlap, interweave, in a purely spatial relation.

Alexandria QuartetBritish literatureLawrence Durrellliteraturereview. This is pages of who gets hitched, who dies and who moves away. It seemed to me then to be somehow symbolic of the very reality we had shared—a palimpsest upon which each of us had left his or her individual traces, layer by later. Our common actions in reality are simply the sackcloth covering which hides the cloth-of-gold—the meaning of the pattern. A fantastic finale to the quartet.

Few books have been awaited as eagerly as Cleathe cle and electrically suspenseful novel that resolves the enigmas of the Alexandria Quartet.


Read it Forward Read it first. And so I would conclude that, though somewhat less enjoyable than the first three, Clea is a worthwhile conclusion.

Fiction is so overrated: Clea by Lawrence Durrell

For culture means sex, the root-knowledge, and where the faculty is derailed or crippled, its derivatives like religion come up dwarfed or contorted—instead of the emblematic mystic rose you get Judaic cauliflowers like Mormons or Vegetarians, instead of artists you get cry-babies, instead of philosophy semantics.

Clea and Darley seem to be haunted by the ghosts of Pursewarden and Melissa; of course Darley has been caring for Melissa’s baby by Nessim, the little girl named Justine for several years before his return to Alexandria. 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: Reading would be my wholesome fuel.

He said to tell it like it happened. A Palestianian arms plot is the real axis, or so Durrell has enjoyed making us think. Folks, TAQ is challenging, psychologically-realistic literature as well as sensually gratifying. I had found it a little difficult to get into the first volume, Justinebecause the combination of the almost incestuous doings of a cosmopolitan coterie in Alexandria in the late s, coupled with Durrell’s perfumed prose, was too exotic a cocktail for me at first.

I love the ache in the language here, the yearning to remember in order to understand the conflicts that took place in this mystical city. Jul 05, Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it.