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Nunquam (The Revolt of Aphrodite #2)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Will a desperate scientist’s mastery of technology save him—or be his undoing?

The ominous and compelling sequel to Durrell’s Tunc finds gifted inventor Felix Charlock called upon by the sinister international firm, Merlin, to apply his scientific prowess to a seemingly impossible project. He must literally reinvent his lost lover, Iolanthe, in the form of a living, breath
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1970)
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Jun 02, 2008 Rooney rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind. And into heavy reading.
This book took me totally by surprise. I picked it up because the hardback version I have looked impressive with it's racing green cloth cover and gold lettering, and the name was intriguing.

It turns out this is one of the most engaging books I've ever read, It's the sort of book that draws you in, leading you to empathise with all those concerned as the characters are developed into deep, solid creations. At times confusing, at times disturbing, it's always interesting, and incredibly well writ
I love English expatriates. It's fun to watch their provincial (and post-Imperial) snobbery erode, as they accept the Wisdom of the Barbarians. Slowly, they learn to dance. Great examples (in writing) are "My Guru and His Disciple" by Christopher Isherwood and "A Passage to India" by E. M. Forster. This book is not in their league, but it's not meant to be. It seems to be written largely for Lawrence Durell, as a repository for his observations of the last few years -- this was 1970 -- many of t ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in January 2004.

The completion of The Revolt of Aphrodite begins, like its predecessor Tunc, with a section which is poetic and hard to read. Yet its purpose is the opposite; Tunc is intended to lure the reader with mystification while Nunquam illuminates what was previously obscure. So here the difficult prose has a rationale which is soon revealed to the reader: it is a kind of journal written by Felix Charlock (the narrator of both novels) while he is bein
My jacket never mentioned that this was a sequel, so although there are lots of references to what happened before, it's hard to see this as a complete narrative in itself. Not a great deal of plot. I'm uncertain how seriously we're supposed to take the divine merde line of argument.
The Revolt of Aphrodite (Tunc and Nunquam) were both disappointing reads after having thoroughly enjoyed The Alexandria Quartet. These books lagged in both dialogue and plot. However, simply on the strength of The Alexandria Quartet alone, I still possess faith in Lawrence Durrell.
The first Lawrence Durrell book I've read that has left me feeling slightly disappointed. It was all going so well up until the last 100 pages or so, and with it being the conclusion to a two-book overall story, I was left thinking I must have missed something somewhere.
Interesting with a very bizarre set of characters, including a beautiful robot made in the likeness of a deceased movie star. I wonder if the author knew eccentric and disturbed people like his characters or if he just had a very active imagination.
One of later novels, his play on language and delving into odd characters makes this a valued book to the Durrell collection.
Lynne King
Tunc and Nunquam go together. Different!
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Born in Jalandhar, British India, in 1912 to Indian-born British colonials, Lawrence 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 pr ...more
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The Revolt of Aphrodite (2 books)
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The Alexandria Quartet  (The Alexandria Quartet #1-4) Justine (The Alexandria Quartet, #1) Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet, #2) Mountolive (The Alexandria Quartet, #3) Clea (The Alexandria Quartet, #4)

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