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Laurence Durrell - The Alexandria Quartet (2nd Hand Paperback)

SKU B002198

Rediscover one of the twentieth century's greatest romances in Lawrence Durrell's seductive tale of four tangled lovers in wartime Egypt: and lose yourself in an iconic modern classic.

The Alexandria Quartet is a tetralogy of novels by British writer Lawrence Durrell, published between 1957 and 1960. A critical and commercial success, the first three books present three perspectives on a single set of events and characters in Alexandria, Egypt, before and during the Second World War.

Lawrence Durrell was one of the bestselling, most celebrated English novelists of the late 20th century. The Alexandria Quartet is his most admired work, at heart a sensuous and brilliant evocation of wartime Egypt.

In this world of corrupt glamour, L.G. Darley attempts to reconcile himself to the end of his affair with the dark, passionate Justine Hosnani - setting alight a beguiling exploration of sexual and political intrigue that Durrell himself described as 'an investigation of modern love'.

Alexandria: the great winepress of love. Trams, palm trees, and watermelon stalls lie honey-bathed in sunlight; in darkened bedrooms, sweaty lovers unfurl. But in a world trembling on the brink of war, passion and death are inextricable. When a penniless schoolteacher begins an affair with Justine - a married Egyptian lady of unparalleled glamour - their partners are sucked into a whirlpool of jealousy and violence.

One of the world's greatest romances, rich in political and sexual intrigue, Lawrence Durrell's scandalous 'investigation of modern love' set the world alight in 1957. This omnibus edition collects all four novels together in all their glory.

  • Format : Very Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
  • Category : Fiction - Modern Classics
  • Published : 1962 (This Edition 2012 - Faber & Faber)
  • ISBN : 9780571283934
  • SKU : B002198
  • PPC : SP600gm
  • RRP : £16.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

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External Reviews

'A formidable, glittering achievement.' - TLS.

'One of the great works of English fiction.' - The Times.

'Dazzlingly exuberant . . . Superb.' - The Observer.

'Brave and brazen . . . Lush and grandiose.' - The Independent.

'A masterpiece . . . Legendary . . . Casts a spell . . . Reader, watch out!' - The Guardian.

'Lushly beautiful . . . One of the most important works of our time.' - NYTBR.

"This is a novel I have always wanted to read. It did not disappoint. The narrative took you to time and place so that you could almost smell and hear the experiences of the complex interwoven relationships of those described. What a master of language!" - Booktopia Review.