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a b c d e f Ezard, John (29 April 2002). "Durrell Fell Foul of Migrant Law". The Guardian . Retrieved 30 January 2007. Living on this bare promontory, snatched every night from darkness by Arcturus, far from the lime-laden dust of those summer afternoons, I see at last that none of us is properly to be judged for what happened in the past. It is the city which should be judged though we, its children, must pay the price. He was predeceased by his younger daughter, Sappho Jane, who took her own life in 1985 at age 33. After Durrell's death, it emerged that Sappho's diaries included allusions to an alleged incestuous relationship with her father. [16] [23] [24] [25] Durrell's government service and his attitudes [ edit ] a lecture on poetry and is about to go home to his mistress, a sad Greek dancing girl named Melissa, when he is sought out by the book's heroine, Justine, a beautiful Jewess married to Nessim, a sensitive Coptic millionaire. I recall the furtive languor with which we dressed and silent as accomplices made our way down the gloomy staircase into the street. We did not dare to link arms, but our hands kept meeting involuntarily as we walked, as if they had not shaken off the spell of the afternoon and could not bear to be separated. We parted speechlessly too...with only one look - as if we wished to take up emplacements in each other's mind forever."

Drama Shakespeare Other Drama Other Poetry Junior Classics Young Adult Classics Collections& Sets Unabridged My landlord told me the French consul longed to replace me as Justine's lover and tormented me with the story of her first marriage to Arnaute, a French Albanian. How she longed to be beaten for the remission of her adulterous sins. "Engorge-moi in a syllogistic love," she would implore him. Can real people only exist in the imagination of great artists? Non. Just as the novel distinguishes the multiple facets, it is the prism through which Durrell invites us to observe moments in the lives of the city and a select few of its inhabitants.To have written so much and to have barely mentioned Balthazar is an omission. He was the doctor of venereal diseases who cut through Alexandrian scepticism with his devotion to the Cabbala. We talked in Delphic riddles of Sufism, Capodistria and of Justine's Jewish roots, while reading the aphorisms of Heraclitus. "I am a poet of the subconscious," I said. "Then you should meet Clea," he answered. The mental intimacy is conceptualised as a single shared entity, a unity, that is projecting a total picture. MacNiven, Ian S. (1998). Lawrence Durrell: A Biography. London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-17248-2. p. xiii.

Other works from this period are Sicilian Carousel, a non-fiction celebration of that island, The Greek Islands, and Caesar's Vast Ghost, which is set in and chiefly about the region of Provence, France. For the majority of this book all I saw were four characters egotistically satisfying their own desires, needs and wishes. Self-centered characters using people. Sex and jealousy and self-gain. I tremendously disliked the style of writing. The adjectives that went through my head were highbrow drivel, pretentious language and convoluted philosophizing. A friend here at GR, Sandra, described it as “amoral sophistry”. I thought she hit the nail right on its head. Another problem is Durrell’s verbiage. Apparently he was lauded for his descriptions, but I found the prose more purple and perfervid than rich and beautiful. There are only so many dying trees ‘burnt to the color of coffee’ one can take, and here, they’re layered on each other relentlessly. The language is dense, and not particularly effective. That and there are endless mentions of ‘the old poet’, who is only identified in what appear to be editorial footnotes. One of the book’s reputed draws is the flavor of Alexandria, but all I came away with was the feeling of what one expatriate’s time in the city was like.Our senses glean information about their object "like pieces of a broken wineglass". Then, our minds reassemble them (even if they can't be reassembled in real life). Character, insofar as it is equally an object, is described in the same manner:

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