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  • Title: Clea
  • Author: Lawrence Durrell
  • ISBN: 9780140153224
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the final volume of the Alexandrian Quartet , Darley returns to Alexandria now caught by war fever The conflagration has its effect on his circle on Nessim and Justine, Balthazar and Clea, Mountolive and Pombal The story is supplemented by music from Debussy, Ravel, Britten and Piazzola.
    Clea In the final volume of the Alexandrian Quartet Darley returns to Alexandria now caught by war fever The conflagration has its effect on his circle on Nessim and Justine Balthazar and Clea Mountoli

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    1. Para alguns, entre n s, o implac vel dia chegaDa grande escolha, da grande decis o De dizer Sim ou N o.Aquele que em si sentir a sede de afirmarPronuncie se sem demora.Os caminhos da vida abrir se o para eleNuma cornuc pia de benesses.Mas o outro, o que nega,Ningu m o poder acusar de falsidade,E repetir cada vez mais alto a sua descren a.Est no seu direito e, contudo, esta pequena diferen a.Um N o por um Sim afunda uma vida inteira Konstandinos KavafisQuem pretender ler algo sobre O Quarteto de [...]

    2. The final part of the Quartet and it s been a wonderful journey Not quite as strong, I thought, as the other three It is set about seven years later Darley has been living on a Greek island looking after Melissa s daughter with Nessim Balthasar arrives with information and writing from the late Pursewarden Many of the aps from the previous novels are filled in Darley returns to Alexandria, reuniting Nessim with his daughter He bumps into Clea and begins a romantic relationship with her It is Cle [...]

    3. This Precious Image Mountolive , the third volume in The Alexandria Quartet , initially alienated me, but totally turned me around Clea started in the same manner, but patient this time, I let it work its magic It fell into place much quickly, and the rewards came sooner as well.Initially, I wondered whether it might be a grab bag of ideas and impressions stitched together as an afterthought to what might otherwise have constituted a trilogy.Even if it had been conceived of as a trilogy, Clea [...]

    4. In this final volume of the Alexandria Quartet, Durrell returns to Darley s active narrative 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 Some of his old friends have died, but their stories are very much alive and inform the plot Others have aged but take up their friendships with him He and Clea, the enigmatic painter, become lovers, an [...]

    5. After an absence of 7 years or so we return to Alexandria during the last year of WWII with the reliable Darley as narrator It seems that Durrell actually intends to give us some resolution to this multi faceted story, so we revisit the same cast of characters, some now dead, some forever altered s difficult to even conjure up the first impressions I had of this exotic bunch.Of course, the emotional thrust of the story revolves around Clea, someone that we ve only met obliquely in the earlier bo [...]

    6. Last of the Alexandria Quartet I ve quoted from the other three, so here s a bit of Clea A phrase of Pursewarden s came into my mind as I softly closed the door of the ward The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time Individually, any of the four is a gem Altogether, the Quartet is magnificent I don t love, or even like, Elizabeth Gilbert, but I read a quote of hers a bit ago about listening in a college freshman English class to some dude saying how Harper Lee was a one hi [...]

    7. Sadly, I have come to the end of The Alexandria Quartet It has been a revelatory reading experience and I now see why this dated collection is still read, praised, even loved.I found Clea the weakest of the four, perhaps because Durrell is winding down, as is the historic city of Alexandria These days it is considered an unsafe location for tourists During the time covered by Clea, the British Empire s heyday is coming to a close In his inimitable way, Durrell infuses all of this into a sad fare [...]

    8. Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.Wow, I didn t expect such a sudden dislike Allow me to retreat to my hutch to scratch together a review.

    9. Clea is the fourth and final installment of Lawrence Durrell s Alexandria Quartet If you have not already done so, you should read the others in sequence before starting this one 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 And if you thought perhaps Durrell would run out of material after writing three other books on the same subjects quite the contrary there are many revelations here, events not visible from t [...]

    10. To finally have finished the fourth in this amazing quartet of books feels like a journey of sorts 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 traditions starting in the romantic 1930 s through to wartime The contrast between the British characters Mountolive, Darley, Pursewarden and others, many eccentric tales there , to the Egyptian wealthy socialites ,wealthy lan [...]

    11. Clea, the fourth volume of Lawrence Durrell s Alexandria Quartet, opens with several years having passed since the events of the first three volumes Darley, the narrator, is living on a Greek island with the six year old illegitimate daughter Nessim fathered with Melissa After running into Balthazar and his Inter Linear, he eventually heads off for Alexandria again with the child, full of both trepidation and anticipation about the past and the people he knew there.When Darley arrives in Alexand [...]

    12. Without question the weakest volume of the Quartet I thought it had a really pointless, tacked on, Godfather III quality Durrell admitted in a Paris Review interview that he had a tendency to procrastinate and then work really quickly when he found himself in severe financial straits Ideally, had I not been short of money, I would have written the four, and matched them properly, because there are still quite a lot of discrepancies which will have to be tidied up if the thing is gathered But sho [...]

    13. Incestuous NOTE This review is intended for people who have read at least the first three volumes of The Alexandria Quartet I do not recommend starting the series with Clea, and these notes will not be helpful to those that do Lawrence Durrell set himself a huge challenge in his Alexandria Quartet three volumes looking at the same events from different angles, and a fourth that would extend the story forward in time he intended it as an analogy to the three dimensions of space and the one of tim [...]

    14. An amazing book and whole tetralogy I wish people would read this liberating non judgemental book about personal life juxtaposed with war and history.

    15. There are four volumes in Lawrence Durrell s sumptuous, stupendous narrative experiment Alexandria Quartet and taken as a whole, they will astound any sensitive reader It is a one of a kind literary experience which amply deserves all the sensation and renown which surrounded its original release Durrell erudite, wordy, perspicacious, sensitive Writes with supreme adroitness towards both female and male characters This particular experiment of his is the very last word in the psychology of love [...]

    16. It s difficult to articulate the incredible achievement Durrell has produced with the Alexandria Quartet, and this, the final novel and, in many ways, key to the series As Durrell noted in the introduction to the second volume, _Balthazar_, his overall plan was based on the four dimensional space of Einsteinian relativity physics, and this last volume, indeed, introduces, explicitly, the effects of time into Durrell s narrative, including all the ramifications time represents for interpersonal r [...]

    17. Mountolive den sonra, kitaba hala yeni karakterlerin girmesi ile asl nda s regelen hikayenin ihtiya duyulan a klamalar n n bu kitab n ortalar na kadar a klanmam olmas biraz can s k c Mountolive o kadar heyecanl ve z m odakl yd ki bu kitap biraz g lgede kald Ayr ca herkesin birbirine s rekli yan g zle bakmakta olu u da art k 4 kitapta biraz batmaya ve a rtmamaya ba lad Sonlar na do ru Clea ile ilgili olarak geli en yan hikaye bile heyecan artt ramad Seri, Mountolive de bitirilebilirmi belki de.

    18. At first this final book in the series didn t hold up as much as the other 3 because requited love can be boring compared to the angst of requited But oh how lovely to settle into that flush of union of spirits and Durrell s poetry captures that transcendence Plus it s vital to the complete series and the horror the soul experiences as it tries to assimilate the hate and ugliness of war I only keep books that I love And are worth rereading and while I doubt I will do that in its entirety so many [...]

    19. Punto final al Cuarteto de Alejandr a La ciudad, sometida a los rigores de la guerra, es el escenario donde Darley y Clea nos llevar n hasta el desenlace de todas las historias previamente trazadas en los otros tres libros Pero como gran reflejo de la vida, los cierres de las historias abren otras historias nuevas Lo que pasa es que ya no las veremos.

    20. En la ltima novela se desarrolla el final de cada personaje En la anterior se deja ver que toda la historia tiene un motivo pol tico Y ahora se muestra a los personajes con todo la brutalidad de la realidad Nessim tuerto , Justine sin su belleza, los dos solos, abandonados y fracasados, Leila muy lejos de Alejandr a, Pombal enamorado de una casada, Mountolive enamorado de la hermana ciega de Purserwarden, Darley con Clea Pero ya nada es igual La guerra ha terminado con todo La ciudad est derruid [...]

    21. kristinsbookblog Clea the fourth and final installment in Lawrence Durrell s Alexandria Quartet returns us to the narrative style of Balthazar, and picks up where it left off.At the conclusion of Balthazar, Darley receives a letter from Clea, though since I read that novel almost a year ago I don t have any recollection what that letter was about But anyway, it was enough to prompt Darley, who had been living on an island with Nessim Melissa s daughter, to return to Alexandria.Everything is diff [...]

    22. A fantastic finale to the quartet These four books are among the few literary works I would describe as astonishing What an achievement I plan to reread them soon.

    23. CleaClea is the denouement for the series the Alexandria QuartetFinished the book Sunday, April 19, 2009.The lives of Justine, Nessim, Narouz, Pursewarden, Melissa have all unraveled or ended Pursewarden and Melissa are already dead 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 By this time WWII is raging and the remaining characters are either ren [...]

    24. The finale of this quartet of books is pretty satisfying and finally has some gripping plottwists and romantic intrigue, including a James Franco esque handcutting scene that s pretty kick ass Books one, two, and four are in Darley s voice, so after the departure of book three, we re back to the over the top style begun in Justine I liked Darley s observations about Egypt and writing through Pursewarden in this book than in the first two, and I think part of my preference derives from Durrell t [...]

    25. CLEA 1960 Lawence Durrell If you haven t read the first three books of Durrell s tetraology, The Alexandria Quartet, then this book will be essentially meaningless for you In it, Durrell has his protagonist and narrator, Darley, migrate from one of the Greek islands to Alexandria The action takes place just before WW II With him is Nessim s illegitimate daughter, who is now six years old When he and Nessim meet again, they begin to lapse into reminiscences of old times and old friends Most of th [...]

    26. Beautiful and problematic just like Clea herself Based on my understanding of Durrell s project, I didn t expect any sort of neat and tidy conclusion, and a good thing The entangled and entwined characters, the metaphors Freud , the art ey all come together and then move apart and then come together again, though not with any clear end in sight even death does not provide any sort of finality.The human drama, in tandem with or in some cases, in spite of the political drama and the social climate [...]

    27. Clea is the FINAL chapter in Lawrence Durrell s Alexandria Quartet my reviews for Justine, Balthazar, and Mountolive have already been posted As previously stated, this quartet just gets better and interconnected the further into the series you read Clea was my ABSOLUTE favorite of the Alexandria Quartet novels In the ruse of returning Nessim s illegitimate daughter to him, Darley finds himself running into his comrades in Alexandria, of whom he has been formulating a novel Darley is welcomed [...]

    28. Considering he spent the previous three books essentially giving us three different views of the same story while inserting various tweaks into what we knew or thought we knew along the way, I had anticipated that the fourth volume, which would finally move the timeline forward, would be a final revelation of sorts and reveal the real story behind all the events that we had seen previously All the questions that abounded would be answered What were Justine and Nissim really up to Did Mountolive [...]

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