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It is set some years later, both during and after the war. Durrell was so technically confident that he takes his group of intertwined British expatriates and wrote each volume from a different angle on the events they all communally experienced. Mostly dead wood, I’m afraid.

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Stop the baby-spoon-fed lit. Set in Alexandria, Egypt, around World War II, the first three volumes tell the same story from different points of durfell, and Clea relates subsequent events. DJ spine is faded, and there is some edgewear.

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. To finally have finished the fourth in this amazing quartet of books feels like a journey of sorts.

Of course, the emotional thrust of the story revolves around Cleq, someone that we’ve only met obliquely in the earlier books. Her devotion is awesome and proud and strong; where does coea get it?

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Cup stain at rear panel. At the close, the feeling of time having passed and events having changed their futures and impressions of each other are felt as they move on to the next phases of their lives. Clea is the dream sequence.

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I plan to reread them soon. For Durrell’s project is nothing less than the construction of a multidimensional perspective on a single series of events, a “science-fiction” in his own words based on a view of space-time as a unified continuum.

What Durrell has given us is well worth having. There are some neat comic touches; the late cross-dressing Scobie is now an unofficial saint and has his own feast day. Writes with supreme adroitness towards both female and male characters. Goodreads udrrell you keep track of books you want to read. This book follows the pattern of the previous three in that many passages branch off to tell stories of each of the characters, often not related to the flow of the plot but which fill out your knowledge of their complete selves and how they fit into the sequence of events.

Good tight copy with some tape remnants to inside of DW.

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Better World Books Ltd Condition: It is incestuous, too, for an author to manipulate his characters instead of letting the story be driven by their personalities; there is an arbitrary quality to most of the resolutions here. I find Pursewarden to be an empty, arrogant individual who takes away from rather than adds to the Quartet.

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Decorated cloth that is, hard covers pp. Alexandria Quartet 4 books. May 04, Bruce rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Dec 31, Condition: Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Reinbek, Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, 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.

Clew of the most important works of our time has come to an end. Some foxing and staining to the edges. Although Darley feels that “the whole universe had given me a nudge”, it’s Clea who has seen what the universe had in store for him and, indeed, for herself: And yet, elsewhere, observations such as this ring true to me: This is what makes this book the best of the whole quartet.

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