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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Alexandria QuartetBritish literatureLawrence Durrellliteraturereview. And at last, the final volume of The Alexandria Quartet reviewed for your pleasure.
War is upon the world and it is only with lawrencce summons from Nessim that he returns to a much different Alexandria though still unchanged in the essentialshoping to at last exorcise its hold over him. This is pages of who gets hitched, who dies and who moves away.
Fiction is so overrated: Clea by Lawrence Durrell
Clea is a meandering stream after the tidal flood of the previous volumes. Perhaps it is inevitable that I am disappointed. On the other hand, the sketches are usually beautifully rendered. Nevertheless her story is a pitiful one.
Thence an uncharitable view springs up every time his blasted books are mentioned; he IS all hat and no cattle. Depending on your perspective, the conclusion will appear either cleansing and life-embracing or a further stultification, surrell giving in to decadence in a world gone to war. As Clea says towards the end: When will we all grow up?
It is still a moving work, it is uncertain of answers, still walks the knife-edge of melodrama, reads exquisitely, glitches over pretentious pseudo-philosophical babble and contains multitudes. Darley is the one who has changed the most, no longer dogged in pursuit of answers, willing durrwll to allow life to progress at its own pace and durrrell offer solitude to those who need it.
This parting was… well, it was durrrell like changing the bandages until a wound should heal. And so I would conclude that, though somewhat less enjoyable than the first three, Clea is a worthwhile conclusion. I would have preferred it more focused.
It is strange, too, to remember what a curious sea-engendered rapport we shared during that memorable summer.
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A delight almost as deep as the bondage of kisses — to enter the rhythm of the waters together, responding to each other and the play of the long tides. Clea had always been a fine swimmer, I a poor one.
But thanks to my period spent in Greece I too was now expert, more than a match for her. Underwater we played and explored the submarine world of the pool, as thoughtlessly as fishes on the fifth day of the Creation.
Eloquent and silent water-ballets which allowed us to correspond only by smile and gesture. The water-silences captured and transformed everything human in movement, so that we were like the coloured projections of undines painted upon these brilliant screens of rock and weed, echoing and copying the water-rhythms. Here thought itself perished, was converted into a fathomless content in physical action. That can speak for itself. Just what the doctor ordered….
June 24, at 1: And personally, I keep wondering how much of the relationship between Darley and Pursewarden is meant to mirror that of Miller and Durrell…. I hope you will enjoy Avignon… it is a tough novel, not dyrrell brilliantly written, but much more ambitious and therefore capable of falling far…. Durdell am in the process of re-reading it and enjoying it quite a bit. The sort that Durrell used in this case felt like half-formed assertions flung on paper without any attempt made to back them up.
But as you say, each to his own. Durrell is far too talented and interesting for me to stop here.
January 12, at Thank you for your review. Also, thanks Brett for your sage comment.
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I understand that there are at least two sound biographies of Lawrence Durrell I and wish to read one cleea them. In your oinion which is the better? October 7, at 5: But your choice of a antidote to reading such heavy stuff is brilliant—P.
Durrell was so famous for? In fact I had read and re-read these books long before I even knew that his brother referred to as Larry in these books was actually the more serious and in some circles more famous, author.
January 23, at 8: The Alexandria Quartet — Lawrence Durrell s: You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Brett, thank you for such an in-depth comment. Always nice to get a second opinion.