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    Lawrence Durrell(Author)

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This captivating Mediterranean novel was written by Lawrence Durrell immediately after finishing his exquisite vignette about Corfu, Prospero's Cell, and a decade before Justine. The story is set on Crete just after the War, as an odd assortment of English travellers come ashore from a cruise ship to explore the island and in particular to examine a dangerous local labyrinth. They include an extrovert painter, a spiritualist, a Protestant spinster with a fox terrier, an antiquarian peer and minor poet, a soldier with guilty memories of the Cretan resistance, a pretty convalescent and an eccentric married couple.To some extent the book is a roman a clef and Durrell's characters talk with great reality about their experiences, themselves and a certain psychological unease that has led most of them to embark on their journey. The climax is a disastrous visit to the labyrinth, with its reported minotaur. The novel is a gripping piece of story-telling, full of atmosphere and the vivid first-hand writing about Mediterranean landscape and people of which Durrell was a master.

'The writing is nearly always superb, not only in the great passages of poetical description but also in the asides, the casual wit and the brilliance of comment.' Philip Toynbee, Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 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 Sommieres in 1990. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Nikki on September 28, 2013

    Have searched used book stores for this small but powerful book and am glad to see it offered on Amazon where searching and purchasing is easy!

  • By des slassors on September 22, 2013

    Wonderful use of the English language.Superb character painting with quite unique and diverse people.Never been to Crete but now would like to.

  • By Kilian85710 on August 2, 2017

    It took me two attempts to finish this book, and I wouldn't have finished it the second time if it didn't fill a block in my Book Bingo card (published in the year you were born). Maybe I would have been better off with The Diary of Anne Frank after all.The set-up is given right at the beginning: an ill-assorted bunch of tourists are trapped in a labyrinth by a cave-in. This is followed by flashbacks telling the history of the people, in more depth than is interesting. In fact, by the time came for the cave-in, I couldn't have cared less if all of them had been smooshed. Some survived and some didn't, and it didn't much matter to me which category each character fell into. The only way I could finish this book was by skimming over most of the description.I don't think the author was any more interested in his characters than I was.

  • By LitCrit101 on November 21, 2014

    Tantalizing and rich

  • By genevieve nunan on September 25, 2017

    Hard, pretty boring, read. Very unsatisfactory ending.

  • By Geoffrey Boehm on October 7, 2015

    One of the most profoundly thought provoking books ever by one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

  • By [email protected] on September 3, 1998

    Durrell (The Alexandria Quartet) originally published this "adventure" under another name, but it's pure Durrell; multiple character's find their appropriate discovery in the labyrinth under Crete, and an O.Henry style conclusion offers new possibilities. Deeper than you think.


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