Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters.
In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.
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"[Justine] demands comparison with the very best novels of our century." (The New York Times Book Review)
An excellent~~superb book and the narrator is one of the best.
That said i must also inform all those who purchased this title in the few months after it came out in october to ask audible for the version which is now available and is 9 hours 55 minutes and NOT the 8 hour 55 minute one[ only just taken down last week] which is missing part 4 of the book!!!
without the ending one is missing much of the story and would have difficulties continuing with the quartet--which i strongly recommend.
A torrent love affair erupted b/w the damaged Jewish wife of an Egyptian aristocrat and his poor English friend, while the living, breathing city of early 20th century Alexandria injects its exotic mixture of degradation, desires, and philosophical reasoning into each of them. Durrell's prose is smooth as silk and sharp as daggers, his characters studies are forthright and bald on which the none linear plot weaves and slithers unto the pinnacle of writing art form.
Hard to comment on the book because I was so put off by the narration. The narrator's normal voice was great but all his other voices sounded like a horribly constipated Gollum from the Lord of the Rings movies.
The reader sounds pompous. More of an 'everyman' voice would be more appropriate. The writer is a teacher, not a jaded aristocrat.
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