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Mountolive By Lawrence Durrell,

  • Title: Mountolive
  • Author: Lawrence Durrell
  • ISBN: 9780140153200
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mountolive is a novel of vertiginous disclosures, in which the betrayer and the betrayed share secret alliances and an adulterous marriage turns out to be a vehicle for the explosive passions of the modern Middle East.
    Mountolive Mountolive is a novel of vertiginous disclosures in which the betrayer and the betrayed share secret alliances and an adulterous marriage turns out to be a vehicle for the explosive passions of the m

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    1. Past DiplomacyWhen I was in secondary school, one of Gerald Durrell s books was all the rage It might even have been on the syllabus Looking through his bibliography, the only one I can think it might have been is Beasts in My Belfry It wasn t particularly demanding, so my English master who was also the librarian suggested that I would enjoy his brother, Lawrence Thus it came to be that I read, first, White Eagles over Serbia and then Justine.While the latter began a passion that has survived t [...]

    2. Third in the Quartet and according to Durrell the nail that held the rest together It centres on the diplomat David Mountolive and approaches the events of the first two books from a different angle with a longer timeline This is probably the most autobiographical of the novels and Mountolive has many elements taken form Durrell himself.At this point you realise who little Darley knew in the first novel and how much complex were the ebbs and floes going on around him Mountolive has been little [...]

    3. Quando se ama sabe se que o amor um pedinte, um pedinte sem amor pr prio e os gostos da simples piedade humana podem consolar na aus ncia do amor, disfar ando se numa felicidade imagin ria Alexandria

    4. What I said in my comment about the absence of plot in Durrell, is quite wrong With Mountolive, I can now see why people think the Quartet is a masterpiece.

    5. I guess I m allowing too much time to elapse between Alexandria Quartet novels because I had no memory of Mountolive Here, Mountolive comes to Egypt in his twenties working for the British Foreign Office, has an affair with the middle aged, still married Copt Leila Hosnani, and becomes friends with her Oxford educated son Nessim Years later it s now some time in the 1930s, there are rumblings of war he returns as ambassador On his plate is a troubling issue regarding Nessim and some illegal arma [...]

    6. After a long break from Balthazar, I thought it might be tricky getting back into the Quartet but instead I feel back at home I ve tried reading other books but this one kept beckoning My god, the language transports me This narrative starts out predating the ones presented by Darley and Balthazar in books 1 and 2.Finished yesterday So far my favorite The most straight forward narrative so far, mostly from the POV of Mountolive, but then switching to the omni narrative The prose, oh my god, the [...]

    7. The sound of water trickling and of sponges crushing softly upon the body of his brother, seemed part of an entirely new fabric of thought and emotion.Sorry for any undue disclosures, but I m attempting to keep my stride, however flailing and gurgling, towards the conclusion A reddened, sweaty review of the Quartet is to follow.

    8. Mountolive is the third installment of the Alexandria Quartet, and it was by far my favorite of the four novels I believe I liked the change of pace, from dogged introspection through recollections, to something akin to a roman de moeurs I also could not resist the elements of political intrigue, the complex canvas of betrayals that occur throughout the novel and one of my favorite themes, the notion of forbidden love All throughout the novels, taboos are being brushed against and we all have t [...]

    9. Originally published on my blog here in July 2005.The third novel of the Alexandria Quartet may cover the same events for a third time, but it is quite different from both Justine and Balthazar Mountolive moves away from the first person narrative by a young poet whose name, we learn, is Darley, significantly similar to Durrell It is replaced by a third person tale which mainly follows the point of view of Mountolive, a much older man and British ambassador to Egypt just before the war a man of [...]

    10. Mountolive is the third novel in Durrell s Alexandria Quartet It is far linear in plot than its two predecessors David Mountolive is a British diplomat not mentioned at all in Justine and only alluded to in Balthazar The action begins much before the events of the first two novels, occurring when Nessim is hardly out of his teens, a time when Mountolive was first in Egypt studying Arabic and became the lover of Nessim s mother Leila, herself much older than Mountolive David leaves Egypt shortly [...]

    11. I m not so sure about these Durrell s prose is evocative but feels ornately dated, and his attitudes somewhat follow suit his cast and landscape are diversely spread, but always feel trapped in a kind of fading colonialism.In the pages beyond the end of Balthazar lie a few pages of notes from interviews with the novelist Pursewarden One of them is Durrell s own map to his quartet To the medieval world picture of the World, the Flesh and the Devil each worth a book we moderns have added Time a fo [...]

    12. The Alexandrian quartet is of an adventure than a read The people and city reveal themselves not as simply characters in a story, but as four dimensional beings, viewed from completely different perspectives I ve read the quartet four times and I m planning, soon, to read it again I suppose that I ll start with Justine, but I ve been wondering if it might be enjoyable to read them in the reverse of the usual order.Having said all this, Lawrence Durrell isn t for everybody some even prefer his [...]

    13. Impressive, gives a completely new view of the complex relationship between characters, full of sudden and unexpected turns I was shocked most of the time while reading Going back now, I cannot help the feeling that Justine was just an illusion, an imaginary bubble created by poor Darley, and together with Balthazar served just as an introduction to this part which revealed all the complexity of human relations What most affected me was that in this part Durrell really hit one and true love betw [...]

    14. Really 4.5 stars, if not .Hard to rate as this book builds on the previous two in the quartet, so while I enjoyed this immensely I m not sure I would ve to the same extent if I d read it as a stand alone Within the context of the quartet though, it is probably the best one yet It s straight forward and doesn t seem to be as filtered through the eyes of the narrator so I felt confident that I was at last getting to the heart and truth of things It was excellent, adding layers and building the t [...]

    15. A wonderful book Once again, lush and evocative language of exotic locations and complex, passionate characters I enjoyed the contrast of Mountolive s very Englishness to the free thinking, sophisticated inhabitants of Alexandria Nessim, Justine, Balthazar, Clea and the others in their social circle of foreign officials, writers, artists and spies living through a sultry undercurrent of political and religious unrest Towards the end came a crescendo of impending doom then a violent close and I a [...]

    16. Durrell s Alexandria Quartet is like a kaleidoscope, always refracting his characters and story in each succeeding book In Mountolive, the third volume, the sense of political intrigue that began in Balthazar takes on an even deeper character Mountolive is a young British diplomat in training when he meets Leila, who takes him as a lover on the advice of her crippled husband.As we know already from Justine, Leila is mother to Nessim, Justine s husband Now we learn that both women take lovers for [...]

    17. reviewstaphorosis 2.5 starsWhen I was young, I used to play in the Pacific Ocean, where it meets the Oregon Coast Even in summer, the water is cold so cold that it hurts Children, though, are tough, and I found that if I could take the pain long enough, eventually it would stop My body would recognize that my brain just wasn t listening, and it would turn off the signal I d go numb, and then I could play in the water as long as I wanted so long as I didn t get out again.I hope that s not what s [...]

    18. Five stars for language, three stars for narrative choices which disappointed profoundly.In the words of Balthazar, Truth naked and unashamed That s a splendid phrase But we always see her as she seems, never as she is Each man has his own interpretation How true this has proven in the first two novels, and indeed is still borne out in the characteristic epistolary passages that abound throughout Mountolive As a sibling to Justine and Balthazar, I had my heart set on Mountolive being a further e [...]

    19. One of the great virtues of the Alexandria Quartet is its ability to describe the cosmopolitan joie de vivre of a Mediterranean port city which most certainly includes its vices, class system and heroic assemblage of often less than savory characters.I say heroic because the old Mediterranean ports where a collage of just about anyone, gainfully employed or forced to work, found a place in this world It was a world that was brazenly materialistic yet religion was a cornerstone, Morals depended o [...]

    20. Asl nda son kitab g rmeden be y ld z vermemek mi gerekirdi bilmiyorum ama imdiye kadarki kitaplar n en iyisiydi Olaylar netle ti daha ziyade derinle ti sanki.

    21. Now, this was slightly unexpected.After reading two books where a perenially sad Irishman told us in great detail how he went to Egypt and then proceeded to screw up two relationships at the same time while musing on the allure of Alexandria and love, its almost like Durrell was like, This is nice but we need to liven things up Thus, cue the intrigue In what has to be classified as one of the great literary left turns, Durrell goes from writing like an exotic John Updike to deciding that what we [...]

    22. The scenes in this novel are brimming with beauty and grotesqueness as you suddenly recall their brief mention or unexpectedly come across them fully realised in one of the other instalments I love Durrell s narrative approach throughout the quartet events hinted at or described in a few lines in one novel, taken and expanded upon in another Mountolive is by far the most straightforward and accessible a good place to start reading the entire opus I m unsure if starting with Justine and ending w [...]

    23. In this, the third volume of Durrell s The Alexandria Quartet, the narrative shift focuses, this time to Mountolive, a character who has perhaps in common with the real life Durrell than even Darley, who narrated both volume I Justine and will narrate volume IV Clea Both Durrell and Mountolive were born in India and later joined the Foreign Service abroad.In this sibling companion to the other volumes, we find both growing political intrigue and romantic machination Just as Balthazar reconstit [...]

    24. In the beginning, I almost didn t give this book a fifth star, if only because the new perspective almost threw me from my seat I will not spoil it because the transition is one that a reader should experience on his or her own However, in hindsight, I adore the idea Durrell throws certain hints around, but he never does fully explain why he took such drastic change in Mountolive Certainly not in the way he explained the purpose of Balthazar from the very beginning Whatever he is up to, I have c [...]

    25. Mountolive is by far my favorite in the quartet so far I agree, this is the nail holding these books together In many ways the mustachioed British diplomat David Mountolive, is the most developed character in the series By relating his experiences in the close 3rd person, the rest of the characters come into focus Finally we get Darley s role summed up in a one liner, and Justine s nymphomania is complicated by her complicity in Nessim s plot to run guns to Palestine in support of the Zionist ca [...]

    26. Bloody fallout 4 is slowing down my reading challenge progress Anyway, best of the series without a doubt An uncovering of political agendas molding and destroying the love affairs that began in Justine As much as this entry is about politics, it s also as much about loss By the end of the book the main characters have lost just about everything they ve put on the table to gamble view spoiler Narouz has lost his life and possibly a true prophet of his lord put down as a political sacrifice by hi [...]

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