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A Menage in Provence,
This review is from: The Avignon Quintet: Monsieur, Livia, Constance, Sebastian and Quinx (Paperback)
No-one quite captures the spirit of time and place like Lawrence Durrell. He defined for all time pre-war Alexandria in the famous Quartet, and, as I embark on a second reading of this voluptuous melancholic odyssey, I realise that, even if outside the rain is falling, I can always transport myself to a land of olive trees and cafes in shady squares in the pages of this book.
Here it is a group of friends and a chateau in Avignon and Vichy France; there are Templar legends and gnostic rites, there are jolts, time-shifts and multiple viewpoints. It is Durrell at almost the top of his game. (The top i.e. The Alexandria Quartet being very high indeed)