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The Alexandria Quartet

The Alexandria Quartet

Author(s): Lawrence Durrell

Location(s): Alexandria

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): WW2



Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea make up the Alexandria Quartet. Lawrence Durrell was one of the best-selling, most celebrated English novelists of the late 20th century. The Alexandria Quartet is unquestionably his most admired work, at heart a sensuous and brilliant evocation of wartime Alexandria. 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 the author himself described as ‘an investigation of modern love’.

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One of the english classics, I would say: the story is essentially the about a group of people living, loving and interacting in Alexandria in the late 30s and early 40s. The city of...

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