The Alexandria Quartet (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, Jun 12, 2012 - Fiction - 884 pages
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Lawrence Durrell’s complete Alexandria Quartet—a story of passion and betrayal that stands as one of the most acclaimed and beloved works of twentieth-century fiction
The Alexandria Quartetis a striking and sensuous masterpiece, breathing vivid life into each of its unforgettable characters and the dusty Mediterranean city in which they live. Set in Alexandria, Egypt, in the years before, during, and after World War II, the books follow the lives of a circle of friends and lovers, including sensitive Darley, passionate Justine, philosophical Balthazar, and elegant Clea. Written in Durrell’s trademark evocative prose, these four novels explore the central theme of modern love, building into a remarkable whole that the New York Times hailedas “one of the most important works of our time.” This ebook features a new introduction by Jan Morris.
  

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Review: The Alexandria Quartet (Alexandria Quartet #1-4)

User Review  - Russell - Goodreads

This is a set of four novels (Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, and Clea) that are meant to be read together as one work. The setting is Alexandria, Egypt during the World War II years. The plot ... Read full review

Review: The Alexandria Quartet (Alexandria Quartet #1-4)

User Review  - Max - Goodreads

The Alexandria Quartet is often profound and beautiful but at times becomes boring and banal. We are treated to a unique and deep exploration of one's perception of reality. There are also fine ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
BALTHAZAR
Part I
II
Part II
Part III
Part IV
MOUNTOLIVE
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Born in Jalandhar, British India, in 1912 to Indian-born British colonials, Lawrence Durrell was a critically hailed and beloved novelist, poet, humorist, and travel writer best known for the Alexandria Quartet novels, which were ranked by the Modern Library as among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century. A passionate and dedicated writer from an early age, Durrell’s prolific career also included the groundbreaking Avignon Quintet, whose first novel, Monsieur (1974), won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and whose third novel, Constance (1982), was nominated for the Booker Prize. He also penned the celebrated travel memoir Bitter Lemons of Cyprus (1957), which won the Duff Cooper Prize. Durrell corresponded with author Henry Miller for forty-five years, and Miller influenced much of his early work, including a provocative and controversial novel, The Black Book (1938). Durrell died in France in 1990.  

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