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Penguin Putnam
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 Clea, the sensuous and electrically suspenseful novel that resolves the enigmas of the Alexandria Quartet. Some years and one world war was after his bizarre liaisons with Melissa and Justine, the Irish émigré Darley becomes enmeshed with the bisexual artist Clea. That affair not only changes the lovers, it transforms the dead as well, revealing new layers of duplicity and desire, perversity and pathos in Lawrence Durrell’s masterly construction.

“A massive, marvelously concrete, deeply felt statement of faith. . . . His style glows with the mineral deposits of many cultures. One of the most important works of our time has come to an end.”—The New York Times Book Review

Clea rounds out the tetralogy with grace, beauty, and stunning impact. . . . This rich, exciting fare is Durrell’s finest writing style, a manner of writing few living authors can equal. . . . A magnificent achievement.”—The Detriot News

“The reader is carried along on a current of superbly accomplished prose, as flexible and colorful as that of any contemporary writer. . . . What Durrell has given us is well worth having.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Baker & Taylor
After the war Irish emigre Darley becomes involved with Clea, a bisexual artist

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1991
ISBN: 9780140153224
Branch Call Number: Fiction Durrell
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 20 cm


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Apr 04, 2018

India-born British novelist Lawrence "Larry" Durrell is famous for "The Alexandria Quartet," which he published between 1957 and 1960. It was listed as one of the best novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library, but, well, I just couldn't get into. It has the kind of bland modernist style that seems experimental (shifting points of view, radical subjectivity, no clear narrative) but is really just kinda exhausting. Yeah, he writes well, but I had no interest in the characters or anything that was happening. In fact, I'm not even sure what was happening. Something about love and Alexandria. Fun fact: Durrell was buddies with Henry Miller. Fave line: "Foreskins will fall like snow tonight."


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