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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (20 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571203973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571203970
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justine by Lawrence Durell tells the tragic story of the mysterious and fascinating Justine, and those whose lives she touched in pre-war Alexandria.

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Lawrence Durrell was born in 1912 in India. He attended the Jesuit College at Darjeeling and St Edmund's School, Canterbury. His first literary work, The Black Book, appeared in Paris in 1938. His first collection of poems, A Private Country, was published in 1943, followed by the three Island books: Prospero's Cell, Reflections on a Marine Venus, about Rhodes, and Bitter Lemons, his account of life in Cyprus. Durrell's wartime sojourn in Egypt led to his masterpiece, The Alexandria Quartet, which he completed in southern France where he settled permanently in 1957. Between the Quartet and The Avignon Quintet he wrote the two-decker Tunc and Nunquam. His oeuvre includes plays, a book of criticism, translations, travel writing, and humorous stories about the diplomatic corps. Caesar's Vast Ghost, his reflections on the history and culture of Provence, including a late flowering of poems, appeared a few days before his death in Sommières in 1990.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kim on 26 Jan. 2011
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I've just finished reading this book for the first time. As a middlebrow I realised early on that there was no point wondering exactly what Durrell meant - just read on, otherwise one would never get through it. The book is aimed at far more intelligent and cultured people than myself. (It would be nice if there were an annotated "For Dummies" edition - but perhaps it would be impossibly long. I'd probably buy it though.) What I got out of this primarily was the depiction of Justine as a woman who inspires spiritual love. It reminds me of the pre-Raphaelites who are generally denounced as pornographers nowadays. It's surprising to me that Durrell is not denounced similarly. Certainly the Justine character is hyper-erotic. Perhaps the characters in the story are mythical rather than realistically human. Anyway I've ordered Vol 2 - "Balthazar".
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By jo on 24 Jan. 2014
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The Alexandria Quartet and Justine are probably the most beautiful books I have ever read. They would be my desert island choice as they contain layers within layers of exploration and depth. I admit to being a Proust lover so these were light reading in comparison, with far more going on. Plus, having spent time 20 years ago, in Alexandria, I still have a picture in my head of the elegance and faded decadence of the time that Durrell was writing about. There's also no point just reading Justine - it's only a prologue really. Things become much clearer, or more complex, with Balthazar. Amazing.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE on 8 Jun. 2013
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Jack Klaff narrated my audio version and he gives a sterling performance. I wonder what he thought of this book. Did the ten hours it took to narrate feel as interminable as the ten hours it took to listen?

Egoism and narcissism in simile-land. Hours and hours of people trying to find themselves and looking for meanings in their lives whilst using the word 'exiguous' a lot. Hated it and it will now be deleted from my kindle as punishment for ruining two days of my holiday.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR M HURST on 6 May 2013
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I rarely give up on books, but I did on this one.
I didn't like any of the characters, couldn't care less about Alexandria and as another book club member commented, "if you're going to have lots of sex in a book, surely someone should be enjoying themselves!"
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs M A Stobie on 2 Dec. 2013
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This book was suggested at our book club. The English is beautiful, but it has become boring. I thought I would really enjoy it as it is set in the part of the world I know and although the sounds and smells are there, this could have been written using half the words.
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