Justine: The Alexandria Quartet, Book 1
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Justine: The Alexandria Quartet, Book 1
Lawrence Durrell
Literature
Aug 1, 2018
At one point in The Alexandria Quartet, a character warns another that in life, “each fact can have a thousand motivations, all equally valid, and each fact a thousand faces,” thus revealing the underlying tenet of Lawrence Durrell’s absorbing and brilliantly slippery tetralogy, which presents four views of the same series of events. Set in the sensual city of Alexandria just before (and eventually during) World War II, Durrell’s tale of love, duplicity, and the vagaries of desire begins in Justine as an exiled Irish schoolteacher named Darley seeks to unravel his obsessions with two women, both now lost to him.
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Oct 28, 2018
I only read the first book in this quartet because I found the writing horribly pretentious and weak
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Nov 8, 2018
Can't believe that all four books are on this list. Durrell's writing is so overblown and, as DeAnn says, horribly pretentious, it would be on my list of "Books to Avoid At All Costs".
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May 18, 2019
A must
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