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The Alexandria Quartet

Series of four novels by Lawrence Durrell. The lush and sensuous tetralogy, which consists of Justine (1957), Balthazar (1958), Mountolive (1958), and Clea (1960), is set in Alexandria, Egypt, during the 1940s. Three of the books are written in the first person, Mountolive in the third. The first... Read more

  Justine The first volume of The Alexandria Quartet, four interlinked novels set in the sensuous, hot environment of Alexandria just before World War II. Justine's emotional and sexual wildness fuels a highly-charged atmosphere which caught famously by Durrell's poetic language, made this set of novels both... Read more

  Prospero's Cell : A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corcyra This is a memoir about Durrell's stay of several years on the Island of Corfu and about the delightfully intelligent and profoundly cultured bevy of lunatics who make up his circle of friends. There is an Armenian jounalist, a studious doctor, a member of the nobility of dubious origins. There are... Read more


  Reflections on a Marine Venus : A Companion to the Landscape of Rhodes This is a lovely piece of travel writing about the Island of Rhodes by a master observer of both the human character and the land- and seascapes with which Greece and its islands always delight us. It is a richly sensuous account of Durrell's years in the British civil service just after the end of... Read more


    Balthazar The second book of the Alexandrian Quartet mirrors all the happenings in the first, only this time from Balthazar's perspective. Beautifully written, this books gives the characters more depth than the naive and intellectual Darley first perceived. Here the complexities of love and obsession are... Read more


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