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. 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 . Clea (Alexandria Quartet) [Lawrence Durrell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The magnificent final volume of one of the most widely.

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View all 6 comments. They gain value with each successive book. Do you have any idea how difficult this might have been to accomplish?

So we have a thirty-page passage of one writer dissecting another, both alter-egos of the author. One of deflated egos and broken dreams.

Jan 10, Julia rated it really liked it Shelves: Mostly dead wood, I’m afraid. If so, would I see evidence between the lines of the Quartet? No one knew the truth back then, although they all find out later on in book four, Clea. Underwater we played and explored the submarine world of the pool, as thoughtlessly as fishes on the fifth day of the Creation.

View all 5 comments. Is my nostalgia too costly?

And the photographs are good enough, evocative of Egypt without being too specific as to place or time. It can be difficult to read and in some instances, difficult to forgive; its creator and its time are not our own. In a beautiful musical analogy, Darley writes to Clea that the individual events in our lives might “plant themselves in the speculative mind like single notes of music belonging to some larger composition which I suppose one will never hear.

Durrfll are a unit. Allow me lawrencr retreat to my hutch to scratch together a review. There are some neat comic touches; the late cross-dressing Scobie is now an unofficial dkrrell and has his own feast day. Conveniently, all the other main characters have read Mouerstoo. And so I would conclude that, though somewhat less enjoyable than the first three, Clea is a worthwhile conclusion.


Would this book be a confession? As in Justine the series begins and ends with the protagonist Darley, the Irish ex-patriot. I currell taken with this quote: Unfortunately, I feel it fails to live up to the challenge. All of the main participants take some sort of bow.

In The New York TimesOrville Prescott noted that the novel “contained fine passages of lushly beautiful descriptive writing and one marvelously grotesque lwrence horrible disaster”, and was “more passive, reflective and meandering” than its predecessors in the Quartet; Prescott also observed that the lengthy digression on the philosophy of literature, purportedly taken from Pursewarden’s notebooks, “makes astonishingly little sense”.

Clea – Lawrence Durrell | Pseudo-Intellectual Reviews

I would set my own book free to dream. Thence an uncharitable view springs up every time his blasted books are mentioned; he IS all hat and no cattle. Three sides of space and one of time constitute the soup-mix recipe of a continuum. Nevertheless her story is a pitiful one. To be honest, I didn’t like Durrell’s last picture of Justine, arguably the linchpin of these books.

Spoiler, Or, A Reckoning with Sentimental Habits By Way of Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet

I invented these terms: It contributes nothing to the book. It must be read in the proper sequence, without much spacing between the novels, because it truly is one continuous story somewhat arbitrarily divided into four parts. This was, so to speak, only its ‘coming to pass’ – its stage of manifestation 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.

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.

I also felt Durrell just got a bit lazy from time to time. There’s a lot of exclamation marks in this book If the axis has been well and truly laid down in the quartet it should be possible to radiate in any direction without losing the strictness and congruity of the continuum. Darley returns to Alexandria, reuniting Nessim with his daughter. Seeing this through to the end has highlighted that each individual book is only a step towards this point, another aspect of the story, sometimes told by other characters, like links in a chain the end of the whole read, and I think you have to plough all 4 to appreciate the work in its entirety.


His prose is unimaginably lovely. Not quite as strong, I thought, as the other three.

Clea – Lawrence Durrell

One pane would be dedicated to each volume, but each volume’s pane would be in color for that book only, and each pane would be zoomed in differently: They proceed to Alexandria, now under nightly bombardment because of the War WW2Darley continues to reminisce, sometimes lamenting, and seeks and sometimes finds, the characters of the earlier book. Obviously, some lovers were never meant for each other at all. Its probably the lawrencr since Stendhal.

I consoled myself with the thought that during this spell of disappointment the least I could do to participate in literary culture a terrible phrase was to try and review some books. Saturday, February 4, Clea cleq Lawrence Durrell. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

When he’s not on, the effect of the purple description can be nauseously over-rich, the narrative consists of endless passages of soporific and shallow self-examination punctuated by calculatedly shocking plot-goosing, and the characters come across as either iterations of the same narcissistic hothouse flower or absurdly cartoonish caricatures.