The Black Book Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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'The first piece of work by a new English writer to give me any hope for the future of prose fiction.' -- T.S. Eliot
'This is a wild, passionate, brilliantly gaudy and flamboyant extravaganza; it is intrinsically and essentially, the book of a young man ... richly obscene, energetically morbid, very often very funny indeed, self-pitying, but, above all, stylistically and verbally inventive as no other young man's novel of the period was even attempting to be.' --Philip Toynbee, Observer
'[Durrell's] prose renders ordinary scenes brilliantly strange ... while [the novel] may no longer shock, it will astonish.' --Independent on Sunday
A group of intellectuals live a life of debauchery in The Black Book, Lawrence Durrell's third novel.See all Product description
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Contrary to what the previous reviewer has said, The Black Book was Durrell's third novel, preceded by Pied Piper of Lovers (1935) and Panic Spring (1937). That said, the author was still only twenty-four when he wrote it, and youth (albeit a misspent kind of youth) does shine through in the vitality of the prose. Yes, there are 'jaundiced' and 'cynical' patches, but one comes to expect that from inter-war European fiction. There are also swathes of beautiful, sometimes experimental writing and pages brimming with a very modern kind of stylistic inventiveness that belies Durrell's age.
The vivid sexual imagery may be indebted to Miller but it never feels forced or derivative. There is a very British feel which sets it apart, and makes the attempts at a modernist style even more unexpected and welcome (ur-modernist T. S. Eliot was a fan, apparently.)
The Black Book was not published in England until 1973, banned by an establishment wary of any kind of sexual reference, but it would be shallow and lazy to think of it as some kind of under-the-radar, cultish version of Lady C. The squalor and disaffection - bound to the sex and the excess by a brilliant new use of language - sets it apart. It may not be as good as Durrell's later novels in a technical sense, but it is a hell of a lot more exciting.
Most characters meet an unpleasant demise.
A cynical, jaundiced work, expressing adolescent anger.
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