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Tunc (The Revolt of Aphrodite #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  141 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A scientist discovers that his famous invention leads to a dangerous outcome

Felix Charlock’s scientific genius is unrivaled—and so is his very special invention. So special, in fact, that a shadowy and enigmatic international firm, called Merlin, recruits Felix and marries him into the family. He is betrothed to the erratic Merlin heiress, Benedicta, and given access to an
ebook, 316 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1968)
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That reading through tears is a bitter sweet experience. That, through the published words of another, you can come undone.
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in December 2003.

The titles of the two novels which together are known as The Revolt of Aphrodite are taken from a Latin quotation familiar in translation - "It was then, or never". This fact is one which either you know or which you find out when you read the second, an action which generally makes Tunc rather clearer.

For here we are not staying in the relatively accessible territory of The Alexandria Quartet, Durrell's best known collection of novels. Indee
After some wandering around at the beginning, the story got on track and a mystery began about the protagonist's employer and wife. Then the ending fell flat and didn't connect with the beginning. Then when I picked up Durrell's other book "Nunquam", I realized this is a continuation. So maybe I'll revise my opinion of this book after I finish the next.
Very well written, and the atmosphere created a cross between a sci-fi, James Bond thriller, and an Italian surrealist film from the 1960s. Then again, that could have been my own mind bringing too much to the table. I read this about five years ago, and gave it another shot - with a more grounded mind. Extremely enjoyable from beginning to end.
Lynne King
This a very unusual book but I'm glad that I purchased it. A review whenever...
aut tunc, aut nunquam (Petronius, Satyricon). Brilliant.
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Lawrence George Durrell was a critically hailed and beloved novelist, poet, humorist, and travel writer best known for The Alexandria Quartet novels, which were ranked by the Modern Library as among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century. A passionate and dedicated writer from an early age, Durrell’s prolific career also included the groundbreaking Avignon Quintet, whose ...more
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