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"Mountolive who had already found the open sesame of language ready to hand, suddenly began to feel himself really penetrating a foreign country...." 

In Mountolive, the third volume in Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, the events surrounding the interwoven community of Nessim, Justine, Narouz, Pursewarden and the other major characters are given a very different perspective. The intrigues and complex relationships are seen through the political prism of a world plunging toward war. David Mountolive, once emotionally involved with Nessim’s set, now returns to Egypt as the British ambassador....

©1958 Lawrence Durrell (P)2022 Naxos AudioBooks UK Ltd.

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  • 10-25-21

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"Mountolive" is perhaps the best of the four novels that comprise "The Alexandria Quartet": partly because it reveals so many surprises and explanations of what truly (or allegedly truly) happened during the previous two books, and partly because - ironically - it is the least stylistically experimental of the four. This in itself is deliberate, since Durrell challenges us to think about whether a third-person narrator can be truly impartial, but it also gives the novel a consistency which is its strength. Nicholas Boulton continues to impress with his clear-headed, varied, erudite narration.