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This review is from: The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea (Paperback)
This book is a masterful piece of work. At times exciting, always evocative of the great city of Alexandria, this book describes beautifully what it was like before the foreigners were removed. Only traces of this Alex remain today but in many ways the city is the same.
Durrell's flights of fancy, highly seeped in the erotic, are cleverly welded together into 4 stories that becomes 1. I have to admit I started this book many times, but it just seemed too big, too dense to get through. Then I was given the 4 books separately as a present. Not as daunted as I was by the one MASSIVE tome, I enjoyed it much more.
Ideally the place to read it is in Alex itself, on your hotel balcony with wine, beer or ouzo (as you prefer). Go in winter and enjoy the rainstorms over the corniche, the kind yet somehow harsh locals, the fantastic sea food. This book is a good excuse for a holiday.