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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This view jibes so well with my own opinions about how the universe works that I have a hard time being objective about it, but I do believe that Durrell succeeded admirably. Its probably the best since Stendhal. Durgell at this stage I should stop and hand over.

A large part of him also enjoyed suffering; if not that then the being made to duurrell his self-inflicted wounds. Hence, by understanding the city, we will understand its inhabitants. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Darley also loves Justine.

The solace of such work as I do with brain and heart lies in this—that only there, in the silences of the painter or the writer can reality be reordered, reworked and made to show its significant side. I would write madly and read widely, but not too much, lest I disturb the growth of my inner, bookish cool.


Clfa are supposedly meant to be quirky, delicate, or raging, in order to succeed as profitable personalities. Justine is clearly the gem of the bunch, and could be read as a stand-alone novel though the others could notI found them all worthwhile ways to spend my — now limited — reading time. Durrell was not well-liked.

Clea – Lawrence Durrell

Jul 05, Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it. Jan 10, Julia rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. And so I would conclude that, though somewhat less enjoyable than the first lwrence, Clea is a worthwhile conclusion.

Others have aged but take dudrell their friendships with him. I felt it would be my favorite. It’s really really good. Justine Balthazar Mountolive Clea Yeah, that’s where we are Not quite as strong, I thought, as the other three.

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Look, you lazy fans of romance or historical fiction; get your act together. Indeed, there are dozens of other strands this brief survey might have touched upon.

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.

Mnemjian is a prosperous barber, and possibly brothel owner. Does being a critic and a writer help or hinder? Durrell admitted in a Paris Review interview that he had a tendency to procrastinate and then work really quickly when he found himself in severe financial straits.


It is disappointing to find out that those in power, the rich and the politically well-connected, are really running the show. The imperatives from which there is no escape are: Clea herself, of course, is the beautiful blonde artist, whose entanglement with the dark and lovely Justine added some salacious interest to Justineand who created the portrait of Justine that gives the narrator Darley such comfort in his island exile But your choice of a antidote to reading such heavy stuff is brilliant—P.

So where are we? Thence an uncharitable view springs up every time his blasted books are mentioned; he IS all hat and no cattle.

I used to read in order to let all manner of books have their way with me. I found the whole idea pretty damn charming.

Clea Alexandria Quartet 4 by Lawrence Durrell. Difficult for anyone but Durrell.

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

Cleea if the books are about love, they are also about hate. In concepts if not necessarily language that evoke Hegel, the writer Pursewarden theorises: Laugh till it hurts, and hurt till you laugh!

The power of invention has been conferred by nature upon few, and the labor of learning those sciences, which may by mere labor be obtained, is too great to be willingly endured; but every man can exert such judgment as he has upon the works of others; and he whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.


For it is a perfect symbol for a book that is itself incestuous. Whereas the first volumes of the Alexandra Quartet begin with a quotation from “Justine” by the Marquis de Sade, Clea starts with a quote from a different work by de Sade. Dufrell itself is as much a state of mind as a geographical location. Creeping her way down a cobblestone street in Alexandria; feeling her way along the wall with her hands. Kawrence chapter in Clea, “My conversations with Brother Lqwrence could have been left out.