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She is an artist, a painter. View all 3 comments. He runs into Clea in the street – and they effortlessly pick up an affaire de coeur – this time unencumbered by the interfering physical presences of Justine and Melissa. Jul 31, Jesse rated it really liked it. She is rather sensitive but private about it. I have really adored being emersed in the lives of this group of individuals, thrown together through public and political life in a backdrop of exotic Egyptian locations and durerll starting in the romantic drrell through to wartime.

Alexandria itself is as much a state of mind as a geographical location.

Not in much detail or with any prurience or very believably eitherbut that is relatively unimportant. I find Pursewarden to be an empty, arrogant individual who takes away from rather than adds to the Quartet.

Clea,: a novel

One of the most important works of our time has come to an end. Former owner’s name, place and date of acquisition [] neatly inscribed to the ffep, later small bookplate partly affixed to the ffep, otherwise a near fine copy in a near fine unclipped dustwrapper, now with the red elements of the spine somewhat faded.

It had come so softly towards us over the waters, this war; gradually, as clouds which quietly fill in a horizon from end to end. His “A”-game prose is poetic in the best sense of that over-used word. Upon Darley’s return to Alexandria he tries to step back into a memory like in a painting or a photograph but is hit by reality much like Mountolive was when he met up with Leila.


The first two books of the Alexandria Quartet were the foreplay, lovemaking and orgasm, these last two books; Mountolive and Clea are the climax, then the limp, flaccid state in which one reflects. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. I toyed with the notion of reading these out of order myself, but in the end I’m glad I stuck with the way Durrell presented them. A very presentable copy.

Meddling with Time Pursewarden makes a similar point in relation to Proust: The Alexandria Quartet is one of the most beautiful and haunting works of fiction that I have encountered. Inexplicably, he shuns her. There only remained this fourth novel, Cleato complete the story and make a fitting capstone to the whole impressive edifice.

Clea and Darley seem to be haunted by the ghosts of Pursewarden and Melissa; of course Darley has been caring for Melissa’s baby by Nessim, the little girl named Justine for several years before his return to Alexandria. In a beautiful musical analogy, Darley writes to Clea that the individual events in our lives might “plant themselves in the speculative mind like single notes of music belonging to some larger composition which I suppose one will never hear.

The only real passion anyone appears to have has been for Justine. To view it, click here. A full length study of these four books would be easily possible and perhaps has already been produced many times over. An about fine copy in good price-clipped dust-jacket which has a stain on its front panel and a little silver-fishing on the rear.

Clea, who had always been a shadowy presence in the earlier novels, currell has her day. Only the rumour of it gripped the heart with conflicting hopes and fears.

Durrell still writes well; there is a marvelous set piece early in clfa book when he approaches Alexandria by sea during a wartime blackout, only to have it suddenly appear out of the darkness in the flare of searchlights, tracer bullets, and incendiary bombs. Wow, I didn’t expect such a sudden dislike.


Clea by Durrell, Lawrence

Here for a night and a day I lived the life of an echo, thinking much about the past and about us all moving in it, the ‘selective fictions’ which life shuffles out like a pack of cards, mixing and dividing, withdrawing and restoring.

But is this Durrell’s perspective or Darley’s, or is Darley just a self-effacing projection of Durrell? I thought it had a really pointless, tacked-on, Godfather III quality. Darley has now departed his Aegean island and returned to Alexandria, resuming his story there during World War II when the city is held by the Free French and is periodically being bombed by the Italians.

Lo que pasa es que ya no las veremos. Durrell said that he wanted to explore the many varieties of love. Rather slight and frail physically, but doesn’t admit it.

The jacket with price has a bright and clean front and back cover. May 04, Bruce rated it it was amazing. Book weighs 1 pound. Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.

Mountolive, Darley, Pursewarden and others, many eccentric tales thereto the Egyptian wealthy socialites ,wealthy To finally have finished the fourth in this amazing quartet of books feels like a journey of sorts.

It’s hard, perhaps impossible, to summarize four unique novels succinctly, let alone attempt to describe their cohesive whole. True, we have met all these characters in the earlier books, but Mountolive in particular has brought them into the light of the real world; I find myself no longer interested in re-entering the darkness of their self-obsessions.

Literature can be salacious and brazen and slutty and drunken –and still blinding, blazing, stunning, and fine. Quite an amazing work of art.