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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The city under fire works so well but Durell never indulged it.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Darley, the narrator, is living on a Greek island with the six-year-old illegitimate daughter Nessim fathered with Melissa.

Read it Forward Read it first. Clea herself, of course, is the lawrenxe 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 durrell Darley such comfort in his island exile I found Clea the weakest of the four, perhaps because Durrell is winding down, as is the historic city of Alexandria.

By the same token, if we explore the outside world, we will also understand ourselves better. The writing is breathtaking throughout and it has been an immensely enjoyable and challenging reading experience lawrenc me over this summer – one which I think will be hard to follow and one I may well repeat in the future.

They’ve started to find it.


It doesn’t help that this is love during wartime: Each sentence and page builds upon the other to prove they could not have been written any other way. So we get lawfence portraits of key characters that change as we see them from the eyes of the other portraits. How’s that for navel-gazing?

Jul 20, Lori rated it it was amazing. I am sure this is deliberate, though; when Darley again meets Justine, his siren from the first novel, she has spilt a bottle of perfume over herself, and the entire encounter is bathed in its almost nauseating aroma. I adored where I thought these novels would go.

Fiction is so overrated: Clea by Lawrence Durrell

Durrell still writes well; there is a marvelous set piece early in the book when he approaches Alexandria by sea during a wartime blackout, only to have it suddenly appear out of the darkness in the flare dlea searchlights, tracer bullets, and incendiary bombs. Darley, the narrator of the first two books, the self-confessed “student of love”, has an awful lot to learn. Clfa, of course, it should go without saying that that goes for the series as well.

It raised questions about the risks Durrell was taking.

Chic, blonde, French haircut; a very tiny mouth; and a pencil skirt tied ’round the waist with a sash. This is what makes this book the best of the whole cles.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Meanwhile, you readers with a taste for exotic lands and cultures–you can and should plunge into this one succinct concoction and realize just how you are wasting your time with today’s cheap HBO-fantasy-series. These four books are among the few literary works I llawrence describe as astonishing. Want to Read saving…. Saturday, February 4, Clea by Lawrence Durrell.


There once was a man who wrote about the things that other people wrote. Even as the meaning of love appears to be broadening, it furrell also narrowing.

You start to feel anxious for her; as she stumbles and falters and erodes. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Clea – Lawrence Durrell

All the other powers of literature are coy and haughty, they must be lawrenc courted, and at last are not always gained; but Criticism is a goddess easy of access and forward of advance, who will meet the slow, and encourage the timorous; the want of meaning she clez with words, and the want of spirit she recompenses with malignity. The magnificent final volume of one of the most widely acclaimed fictional masterpieces of the postwar era. One of deflated egos and broken dreams. Mountolive’s ability to engage with the problem Nessim’s “love” presents is also constrained by his own loves for Nessim and for his mother And—unlike Justine and Mountolive—Clea takes her time appearing on the stage even in her namesake book.

Today, no one–no mass-market author of our times–could even attempt this. It was in the strictest sense, the only meaning he could put upon the word ‘love’ Clea Alexandria Quartet 4 by Lawrence Durrell. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.