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  • 19 March 2020
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Summary ´ The Alexandria uartet Í PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read ð PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free í Lawrence Durrell Nded affair with a woman Balthazar reinterprets the romantic perspective he placed on the affair and its aftermath in Justine in philosophical and intellectual terms Mountolive tells a story minus interpretation and Clea reveals Darley's healing and coming to love another woma Well This was far from being among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century as claimed by the so called Modern Library whoever they are It was uniue challenging and bizarre as well as at times inconsistent dare I say flawed And yet somehow in the flaws is a level of honesty not found in so many books that smoothly portray reality with details intended to seduce the reader into believing That trickery of perceptionHere s how it went for me beautiful poetic writingfollowed by casual racismthen brilliant artistic insightsthen ugly amoral behaviorthen cultural revelationsthen awkward constructionthen imaginative atmospheric metaphors capturing a sense of place and timethen postmodern literary devicesetc etc This book is such an odd duck that it certainly does achieve something uite uniue in English literature I do agree with that I can almost compare it in a way to Infinite Jest not in content or style but in the innate inconsistency that defies categorization The awkwardness at times felt as though the author was showing his work and a writer is the main character So is it post modern or is it not It s ambiguous sprawling beastly occasionally boring It s not one thing It s four books that meander through a continuous storyline in diverse waysOne of the oddities is the perspective changes Book One Justine is told from the first person perspective of the writer Darley Book Two Balthazar is also told by Darley however it completely alters the understanding we have about the characters from Book One It straddles this odd border between metafiction and fiction because it features a partial retelling of the events from Book One I would subtitle it The Misperceptions of Darley The premise is that Darley gave the manuscript of Book One it s implied but never uite stated that Durrell s actual Book One is Darley s manuscript to this other character Balthazar who then corrects all of Darley s misperceptions Much like an editor might use Comments in Microsoft Word to make revisionary suggestions to an authors draft Book Two reveals that there was so much behind the scenes that Darley didn t understand it completely repositions a new perspective the characters from Book One One of the repeated themes of the book is that we really never understand each other what makes up a self is highly uestionable as well and over and over in the series new facets of individuals and motives and previously unrevealed actions causes us to reevaluate the characters many times over Couple that with changes that happen to them over time it highly destabilizes the concept of identityBook Three Mountolive throws another wrench into the consistency of the story in that it is told from a third person perspective a close god s eye view from inside some of the characters featured in Books One and Two This was a strange shift that was not particularly justified by Durrell and presents details that Darley never could have known authorial invention One might hypothesize that it represents a book written by Darley as if the character wrote Book 3however this premise is again never directly stated so I found the shift awkwardThe fourth book Clea returns us to Darley s first person perspective much as in Books One and Two Again new aspects to the characters are revealed or have evolved We never really knew them and they are constantly in a state of flux just as uantum particles and the universe areMost impressive throughout The Alexandria uartet is the nearly baroue poetic language Durrell is uite masterful and insightful when he allows his characters to be There are in fact TWO writers as characters in the book and Durrell manages to make them both talented artistic and elouent and yet utterly distinct Very skillful subtle writingThe racism is absolutely disturbing without uestion It would seem likely that being true to British expats living in Egypt before and just after World War II the characters are going to be infused with racialist views But the casual use of racist epithets to describe black music and black musicians is disturbing not to mention the exotic portrayal of Egyptians Exoticism in its own way is something that betrays a level of racism that has been written about by various cultural critics it portrays races as other and incomprehensible If Durrell were weaving this into his story for a thematic reason giving him the benefit of intentionality it would likely be to point out that we are ALL exotic and incomprehensible to each other Durrell certainly never sugarcoats the brutality or prejudice of his characters and makes no obvious judgement upon them He presents the occurrences rather neutrally or amorally This is dicey indeed Does it matter what he the author thought Or is it important how we now reflect on this series published in the late 1950s It s jarring to read such casually used language as if it s just an everyday thing Yet I think it was rather valuable in an odd way because it put me in the mindset of how Trump spoke about immigrants infesting this country or like Roseann Barr tossing off her racist tweets This is casual conversation for many Americans It might have been a very small aspect of this book to Durrell but it had a big effect on me as a reader today Racist beliefs are just an assumed automatic and off hand aspect of the worldview of so many individuals that changing it will reuire a lot of significant social change Of course right now we are going in the opposite direction with the mainstreaming of racismWithout a doubt this is an unusual and powerful work but not one I can particularly recommend I would think those with patience for the unfolding of a story who appreciate off kilter experimental works that live in an undefinable uantum state of wtfthen yes perhaps this is for you Strangely enough I ve heard this described by some as a romance It seemed an anti romance to me

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Summary ´ The Alexandria uartet Í PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read ð PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free í Lawrence Durrell World War II In Clea the story continues into the years during the war One LG Darley is the primary observer of the events which include events in the lives of those he loves and those he knows In Justine Darley attempts to recover from and put into perspective his recently e While I was reading Les Trois Mousuetaires last week I wondered a couple of times if it had served as partial inspiration for The Alexandria uartet One of the cleverest things about the Dumas novel is the way he reinterprets early 17th century French history as really being about the romantic lives of Anne of Austria on the large scene and D Artagnan on the small one a sort of Sherlock HolmesBasil the Great Mouse Detective deal Here Durrell takes the idea a step further The first three novels give interlocking views of the same story In Justine we have an account of a complex love affair from the point of view of one of the people involved The second novel Balthazar gives a different external perspective on the same affair suddenly a number of things which previously didn t uite make sense come into perspective In Mountolive we get a third take the whole thing was really about a messy political intrigue And the last book is a seuel to all threeIn contrast to Dumas Durrell doesn t say that any of the versions is the true one I wondered too if Jan Kj rstad was in his turn inspired by Durrell when he composed the Jonas Wergeland trilogy again we have the same events shown from three complementary perspectives Though I noticed no overt reference to Durrell and Kj rstad usually likes to give you a hint or two

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Summary ´ The Alexandria uartet Í PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read ð PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free í Lawrence Durrell Lawrence Durrell's series of four novels set in Alexandria Egypt during the 1940s The lush and sensuous series consists of Justine1957 Balthazar1958 Mountolive1958 Clea1960 Justine Balthazar and Mountolive use varied viewpoints to relate a series of events in Alexandria before I supposethat if you wished somehow to incorporate all I am telling you into your own Justine manuscript now that you would find yourself with a curious sort of book the story would be told so to speak in layersa series of novels with sliding panels Balthazar p 338JustineA rhythmic rolling book without too much plot to speak of However as a novel it works brilliantly as a sort of literary expose about human relationships and love If there is one thing you can take away from reading this it is the sensuous evocative and delectable language It is a treat for the literary senses One of the criticisms of modern books like A Game of Thrones Kraken and Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West is that collectively they try too hard to be gritty atmospheric or sexy Justine in contrast is a prime example of how to write an atmospheric novel with an underlying exploration of sexuality without appearing to physically strain words through a blender The language is organic not relying upon cursing or vivid description of sexual organs Rather skilful use of adjectives creates the right sense and connotation for the reader to understand what Durrell aims to say about love and sensualityThe main criticism of this novel is the apparent lack of plot That said there appears to be no plot merely because the plot is buried within woven language of such elaboration and complexity that any linear plot as readers normally understand them can be hard to observe Justine was still a beautiful start to this uartet and easily a 4 and a half star bookBalthazarThis novel is far difficult to understand than its predecessor Justine due to what appeared to be shifts in the narrative chronology and also narrator Durrell changes his narrators in subtle ways meaning that you have to be focusing intently to grasp the inner complexities of the story making it in many ways similar to Titus Groan albeit less bizarre yet the thickness of the text is very similar In many ways this makes Balthazar a stronger novel than Justine and a weaker novelThis appears a weaker novel simply because those who found the first book lacking in plotting may find this second novel a tedious venture As mentioned the changes in narrator and possibly timeframe for the viewpoint create a challenge for the reader Yet it feels as if Durrell purposefully makes his work complex in order to allow the reader to observe that love and relationships are complex and often very messy particularly the modern way love is approached by individuals as a free for allIt also appears that Durrell s intentions are clear in this novel as to what he is attempting to achieve hence making it a stronger work entirely His skills as a wordsmith and stylist which leads one to compare him to Mervyn Peake are fully on display in phrases like the cloying grunting intercourse of saxophones and drums and The dark tides of Eros which demand full secrecy if they are to overflow the human soul The first phrase particularly fascinated me because it indicated a subtle sense of humour in the writing which I assume given by Durrell s intelligent nature is intentional This humour stems from the fact that the word for Jazz which Durrell powerfully describes originally came from a word meaning the act of intercourse The second phrase in conjunction with the first also reveals that though Durrell is a classy poetic writer the evocation of Eros is sublime he has a hint of earthiness to his uality In other words he is both a man of the gentry or bourgeoisie as well as the peasantry On the whole easily a five star novel Very highly recommended for anyone who appreciates literary novels classics or fine prose over traditional plottingMountolivePerhaps the weakest of all the four novels in this tetralogy Mountolive again takes the reader back through the narrative arc of the first two novels Yet even through its weakness this novel reveals the strength of the overall work the ability to weave a portrayal of a city and its people into a complex analysis of politics and modern loveOften when a writer travels back over narratives already familiar to the reader what events will occur next is rather obvious Yet Durrell is able to convince the reader that they understand very little of the events of the previous books unearthing new layers and new details for the reader In particular the hidden elements connected to espionage and war profiteering Yet as mentioned Mountolive for whatever reason is weaker than the other four tales in the entire Alexandria uartet Perhaps it is the fact of how the narrative shifts to other characters than in previous novels and in the final novel The main character of this novel the titular David Mountolive is a less fascinating and enigmatic character and the encounters he has are from his perspective less engaging to the reader That said the scenes with Pursewarden in this novel are some of its greatest aspects and not to be missed by any readerFour starsCleaIt is in Clea that the full experimental and uniue nature of this entire work is revealed Lawrence Durrell in the previous books had experimented with chronology and nesting narratives into the tale yet in Clea this experimentation reaches a glorious crescendoWhere the previous three novels had followed the same plotline from different perspectives Clea takes the reader into the future to observe what happens to the characters after For the most part the conclusions are not happy or beautiful rather they reveal a sense of the corrupting influence of the city Yet this novel is the most beautifully written of all of them in how it merges poetry and prose into an exploration of the impact of modern loveUltimately the conclusion that can be drawn from this novel is that in acting selfish one can expect ill gains in the future Where the idea of free love had entered the public awareness Durrell seems to suggest that love is never free Indeed he seems to challenge the reader as to the nature of real healthy love and ask them to observe that sexual love is a defining knowledgeable act That love in its entirety is also deep and complex much like the narration s flow is also an aspect of this final conclusion s didactic tale Five starsThe Entire WorkAs a work of fiction The Alexandria uartet in its entirety is profound serenely beautiful and complex It reminds the reader of Ulysses in how it experiments with the reader s understanding of plot lines and it reminds one of The Great Gatsby in its poetic prose style Yet this is a uniue work one of those which shall be remembered for years as a truly classic novel Essentials of Kayak Touring events in Alexandria before I supposethat if you wished somehow to incorporate all I am telling you into your own Justine manuscript now that you would find yourself with a curious sort of book the story would be told so to speak in layersa series of novels with sliding panels Balthazar p 338JustineA rhythmic rolling book without too much plot to speak of However as a novel it works brilliantly as a sort of literary Larry Boots Exterminator expose about human relationships and love If there is one thing you can take away from reading this it is the sensuous GMAT Official Guide 2018: Book Online example of how to write an atmospheric novel with an underlying Compromise Conformity Courage exploration of sexuality without appearing to physically strain words through a blender The language is organic not relying upon cursing or vivid description of sexual organs Rather skilful use of adjectives creates the right sense and connotation for the reader to understand what Durrell aims to say about love and sensualityThe main criticism of this novel is the apparent lack of plot That said there appears to be no plot merely because the plot is buried within woven language of such Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship) elaboration and complexity that any linear plot as readers normally understand them can be hard to observe Justine was still a beautiful start to this uartet and Flight Risk easily a 4 and a half star bookBalthazarThis novel is far difficult to understand than its predecessor Justine due to what appeared to be shifts in the narrative chronology and also narrator Durrell changes his narrators in subtle ways meaning that you have to be focusing intently to grasp the inner complexities of the story making it in many ways similar to Titus Groan albeit less bizarre yet the thickness of the text is very similar In many ways this makes Balthazar a stronger novel than Justine and a weaker novelThis appears a weaker novel simply because those who found the first book lacking in plotting may find this second novel a tedious venture As mentioned the changes in narrator and possibly timeframe for the viewpoint create a challenge for the reader Yet it feels as if Durrell purposefully makes his work complex in order to allow the reader to observe that love and relationships are complex and often very messy particularly the modern way love is approached by individuals as a free for allIt also appears that Durrell s intentions are clear in this novel as to what he is attempting to achieve hence making it a stronger work Welder's Handbook: A Complete Guide to Mig, Tig, Arc & Oxyacetylene Welding entirely His skills as a wordsmith and stylist which leads one to compare him to Mervyn Peake are fully on display in phrases like the cloying grunting intercourse of saxophones and drums and The dark tides of Eros which demand full secrecy if they are to overflow the human soul The first phrase particularly fascinated me because it indicated a subtle sense of humour in the writing which I assume given by Durrell s intelligent nature is intentional This humour stems from the fact that the word for Jazz which Durrell powerfully describes originally came from a word meaning the act of intercourse The second phrase in conjunction with the first also reveals that though Durrell is a classy poetic writer the Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity evocation of Eros is sublime he has a hint of Arrow earthiness to his uality In other words he is both a man of the gentry or bourgeoisie as well as the peasantry On the whole Exploration of Himself easily a five star novel Very highly recommended for anyone who appreciates literary novels classics or fine prose over traditional plottingMountolivePerhaps the weakest of all the four novels in this tetralogy Mountolive again takes the reader back through the narrative arc of the first two novels Yet 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