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The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Lawrence Durrell
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16. Februar 2012
Lawrence Durrell was one of the best-selling, most celebrated English novelists of the late 20th century. "The Alexandria Quartet" is unquestionably his most admired work, at heart a sensuous and brilliant evocation of wartime Alexandria. In this world of corrupt glamour, L.G. Darley attempts to reconcile himself to the end of his affair with the dark, passionate Justine Hosnani - setting alight a beguiling exploration of sexual and political intrigue that the author himself described as 'an investigation of modern love'.

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  • Taschenbuch: 880 Seiten
  • Verlag: Faber and Faber Ltd. (16. Februar 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0571283934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571283934
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,6 x 19,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 41.440 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Consisting of Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive and Clea, The Alexandria Quartet explores the sexual and political intrigues of a group of expatriates in Egypt before and after the Second World War. In Justine, L. G. Darley attempts to reconcile himself to the recent end of his affair with the dark, passionate, multi-faceted Justine Hosnani. Balthazar is named for Darley's friend, a doctor and mystic, and it provides a retelling of Darley's romance with Justine from a more philosophical perspective. Mountolive is the narrative of English ambassador David Mountolive. The final volume, Clea, finds Darley maturing into the knowledge that the gifted painter Clea Montis is the woman for whom he is truly destined. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Lawrence Durrell was born in 1912 in India. He attended the Jesuit College at Darjeeling and St Edmund's School, Canterbury. His first literary work, The Black Book, appeared in Paris in 1958. His first collection of poems, A Private Country, was published in 1943, followed by the three Island books: Prospero's Cell, Reflections on a Marine Venus, about Rhodes, and Bitter Lemons, his account of life in Cyprus. Durrell's wartime sojourn in Egypt led to his masterpiece, The Alexandria Quartet, which he completed in southern France where he settled permanently in 1957. Between the Quartet and The Avignon Quintet he wrote the two-decker Tunc and Nunquam. His oeuvre includes plays, a book of criticism, translations, travel writing, and humorous stories about the diplomatic corps. Caesar's Vast Ghost, his reflections on the history and culture of Provence, including a late flowering of poems, appeared a few days before his death in Sommieres in 1990.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Grotesque-triste 30. März 2000
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Justine is a gallery of desperate characters, lost in the labyrinth of the self. Incapable of helping themselves or each other, they wound one another or allow themselves to be wounded, instead. In the character of Justine is the intensification of the novel, its bruised and bloody heart. The lines between cruelty and weakness blur and dissolve in her person, and we quickly learn that everyone is a victim of their own temperament, and that no one is to blame.
Justine is a book full of awful music and terrible poetry, of helpless posession and excorcism,of bitter truths & life-sustaining illusions. A pained and painful meditation on Love and, ultimately, Life.
For all of Mr. Durrell's masterfully crafted and stirring descriptions of Alexandria, the city soon falls off (like so much dead skin) and, there emerges the Human Face - grimacing.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gutter Lyricism 28. März 2000
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'We are all in the gutter,' Wilde says somewhere, 'but some of us are gazing at the stars'. This is such a star-gazing book: gutter lyricism. Startling in its content and style, Justine deals with Great Love ... grown sick, or bad. Terribly beautiful.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Your brain will never be the same. 9. März 2000
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This is how an old friend convinced me to read Durrell's stupendous "The Alexandria Quartet": Picking up the book and flipping to a page at random, she let her finger settle on a line, which she then read out loud. And whatever the line was (I don't remember) I crumpled inside. And so she flipped to another page and read another line. And damn me if it wasn't better than the first! A desert island book if there ever was one.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Impressive prose marred by defective sociology 17. Mai 1999
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I read Justine, the first of the Quartet, and was initially very taken with Durrell's great facility in sketching emotional landscapes, and an almost mesmerizingly poetic prose style. Unfortunately, the book is marred by quite a few blatantly racist descriptions, of black people in particular; I'll spare you the details. Surprising in a book written past the half-century mark (published in 1957, I believe) and purportedly about an ultra-cosmopolitan city.
The other problem I had was the complete implausibility of most of the dialogue; it was as if Durrell didn't know how to make his characters distinct from the narrator's own sensibility; they all talk like master prose stylists with ultra philosophical and literary bents. Some may say this was intentional stylization, but if so, it works against the book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The joys of encountering a true wordsmith! 5. Juli 2000
Von Bevan Lee
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A tetralogy containing some of the finest usage of the English language in the Twentieth Century. No lover of literature should miss this wondrous reading experience.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Reading! 1. Juli 2000
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The Alexandria Quartet I will read and re-read many times in my life. The 4 books make up a beautiful journey through the streets of Alexandria, Egypt. It's rare to read books with such depth of soul. I believe there is not a human emotion left untouched by Durrell in the Quartet.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen mountolive is the takeoff 3. März 2000
Von tom
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like everyone else, i read the quartet in order, but found that mountolive is the platform from which to take on the others. mountolive is rock solid and his journey so conventional that his record of events are home base for the others.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Clea, the unknowable, lovable Clea 8. Februar 2000
Von Josef
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I would have given the book a rating of 5 stars if it were not for Mountolive, the weakest book of the quartet. But, nevermind! I was not able to get a copy of balthazar after about 4 months after reading Justine. I made up my mind not to read Mountolive and Clea without first reading Balthazar. Obviously, I made the wrong choice. For the quartet presents the same story in different time and perspective. Justine was well written and beautiful. I don't know if I would be hypnotized by Justine but i do know that Clea is something else. It was a different feeling after reading Clea. I immediately set out to find her. But she is only in literature. And yet I could not get her out of my mind. The words Durrell used to describe Justine and Clea were magnificent. He did not used words like "beautiful" and "pretty". He had the uncanny ability to say those two words in infinite sentences with each word lingering to our senses long after we have read it. It was really a dishonor to Durrell and other Quartet lovers that his book was ranked very low in Modern Library's 100 best books of the century.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Menschenverflechtungen im schönen Alexandria
Vier Leute, die sich kennen, leben in Alexandria. Das Beziehungsgeflecht im ersten Band der Tetralogie -"JUSTINE"-, das als schöne Lovestory begann, wird in den... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. März 2003 von Erik Müller
1.0 von 5 Sternen Forgettable
I just had to write in on this one because this novel exasperated me!On the surface this looks like a good novel-some stunning writing,lovely descriptive passages and of course it... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Mai 2000 von Liam Sinclair
4.0 von 5 Sternen Clea, the unknowable, lovable Clea
I would have given the book a rating of 5 stars if it were not for Mountolive, the weakest book of the quartet. But, nevermind! Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Februar 2000 von Josef
5.0 von 5 Sternen Quick question...
After having read the Quartet, I wonder to myself whether the books need to be read in any particular order. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Februar 2000 von P Clinton
5.0 von 5 Sternen Quick question...
After having read the Quartet, I wonder to myself whether the books need to be read in any particular order. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Februar 2000 von P Clinton
5.0 von 5 Sternen This Quartet Must Be Read.
Durrell is a master with the word and the mind-- his creation of four separate books are united by love, deceit, and desperate measures, wrapped in sensual language and the exotic... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. November 1999 von Laura Bagnetto
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