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Clea (Alexandria Quartet #4)

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Los tres primeros volúmenes de la tetralogía durrelliana, Justine, Balthazar y Mountolive, son tres dimensiones de la misma ilusoria realidad. Clea, en cambio, es la secuela que proporciona una dimensión temporal. Mnemjian, el barbero, llega a la isla, portador de un mensaje de Nessim. Darley regresa a Alejandría. La ciudad está en plena guerra. Pero Clea lo aguarda. Así s ...more
Paperback, 1st edition, 337 pages
Published March 1986 by Edhasa (first published 1960)
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Teresa
Jul 24, 2016 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-estrelas, n-india
"Para alguns, entre nós, o implacável dia chega
Da grande escolha, da grande decisão
De dizer Sim ou Não.
Aquele que em si sentir a sede de afirmar
Pronuncie-se sem demora.
Os caminhos da vida abrir-se-ão para ele
Numa cornucópia de benesses.
Mas o outro, o que nega,
Ninguém o poderá acusar de falsidade,
E repetirá cada vez mais alto a sua descrença.
Está no seu direito — e, contudo, esta pequena diferença.
Um "Não" por um "Sim" — afunda uma vida inteira."

Konstandinos Kavafis

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Paul
Mar 01, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-durrells
The final part of the Quartet and it’s been a wonderful journey. Not quite as strong, I thought, as the other three. It is set about seven years later. Darley has been living on a Greek island looking after Melissa’s daughter (with Nessim). Balthasar arrives with information and writing from the late Pursewarden. Many of the aps from the previous novels are filled in.
Darley returns to Alexandria, reuniting Nessim with his daughter. He bumps into Clea and begins a romantic relationship with her.
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Ahmed
Jun 18, 2014 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رباعية الاسكندريه , ياالله على الجمال .
عندما يتحدث أى أجنبى عن مدينة أو مكان ما , فأنت امام احتمالين :
-ان يشوه فى هذا المكان (او يُجمل فيه) أى يغلب رأيه الشخصى
-أو أن يقدم شخصيات وأحداث بوجهة نظر حياديه عن مكان يعشقه.
فى هذا العمل : أجنبى يتحدث عن مدينه من أعرق مدن العالم (وهى الإسكندريه) من خلال شخصيات انتقاها بعنايه ليقدم من خلالها وجهة نظره.
(من قرأ شيكاغو سيفهم وجهة نظرى) لكن الفرق بين ما قام به العظيم علاء الأسوانى وما قام به لورنس: هو ان الأسوانى كان يُركز فى المقام الأول على تأثير الغربه عل
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Ian Vinogradus
This Precious Image

"Mountolive", the third volume in "The Alexandria Quartet", initially alienated me, but totally turned me around.

"Clea" started in the same manner, but more patient this time, I let it work its magic. It fell into place much more quickly, and the rewards came sooner as well.

Initially, I wondered whether it might be a grab bag of ideas and impressions stitched together as an afterthought to what might otherwise have constituted a trilogy.

Even if it had been conceived of as a
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Bruce
May 04, 2012 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this final volume of the Alexandria Quartet, Durrell returns to Darley’s active narrative. Darley has now departed his Aegean island and returned to Alexandria, resuming his story there during World War II when the city is held by the Free French and is periodically being bombed by the Italians. Some of his old friends have died, but their stories are very much alive and inform the plot. Others have aged but take up their friendships with him. He and Clea, the enigmatic painter, become lovers ...more
David
Oct 27, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After an absence of 7 years or so we return to Alexandria during the last year of WWII with the reliable Darley as narrator. It seems that Durrell actually intends to give us some resolution to this multi-faceted story, so we revisit the same cast of characters, some now dead, some forever altered ..it's difficult to even conjure up the first impressions I had of this exotic bunch.

Of course, the emotional thrust of the story revolves around Clea, someone that we've only met obliquely in the earl
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Julia
Jan 10, 2010 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, part-of-a-set
Last of the Alexandria Quartet. I've quoted from the other three, so here's a bit of Clea: "A phrase of Pursewarden's came into my mind as I softly closed the door of the ward. 'The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.' "

Individually, any of the four is a gem. Altogether, the Quartet is magnificent. I don't love, or even like, Elizabeth Gilbert, but I read a quote of hers a bit ago about listening in a college freshman English class to some dude saying how Harper Lee wa
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Judy
Dec 15, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of great literature

Sadly, I have come to the end of The Alexandria Quartet*. It has been a revelatory reading experience and I now see why this dated collection is still read, praised, even loved.

I found Clea the weakest of the four, perhaps because Durrell is winding down, as is the historic city of Alexandria. (These days it is considered an unsafe location for tourists.) During the time covered by Clea, the British Empire's heyday is coming to a close. In his inimitable way, Durrell infuses all of this into a s
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Jonfaith
Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.

Wow, I didn't expect such a sudden dislike. Allow me to retreat to my hutch to scratch together a review.
Islam
Dec 12, 2013 Islam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
يا عمّى يا ابو الفانوس..نوّر لى ها العتمة

إن كان هناك تفسيران، على نفس القدر من الجودة، أو أكثر لفعل إنسانى واحد، إذن ماذا يعنى هذا الفعل غير أن يكون وهماً. إيماءة تصدر فى مواجهة الخلفية الضبابية للحقيقة، غدت ملموسة فقط نتيجة الطبيعة الخداعة للانقسام البشرى.

حظى السىء – أقول- وجّهنى متأخرا للتعرف على لورانس داريل. أحيانا ما نعثر فى طريقنا على كتاب أو عمل أدبى ونظن أننا وقعنا على لقية أو كنز متأثرين أشد التأثر أنه ساعدنا على اختصار الزمن وتكثيفه للوصول إلى طبقات للوعى واللاوعى عميقة مدفونة فى حفريا
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James
Sep 15, 2012 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Without question the weakest volume of the Quartet. I thought it had a really pointless, tacked-on, Godfather III quality. Durrell admitted in a Paris Review interview that he had a tendency to procrastinate and then work really quickly when he found himself in severe financial straits. "Ideally, had I not been short of money, I would have written the four, and matched them properly, because there are still quite a lot of discrepancies which will have to be tidied up if the thing is gathered. Bu ...more
Alan
Jan 17, 2013 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard-nosed nostalgia buffs, bleeding hearts and artists and other such scum
Recommended to Alan by: Clayton W.; previous and subsequent work; the Paradox Book Store in Wheeling, WV
Clea is the fourth and final installment of Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet. If you have not already done so, you should read the others—in sequence—before starting this one. I toyed with the notion of reading these out of order myself, but in the end I'm glad I stuck with the way Durrell presented them. And if you thought perhaps Durrell would run out of material after writing three other books on the same subjects... quite the contrary; there are many revelations here, events not visible ...more
John David
Jan 08, 2013 John David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
“Clea,” the fourth volume of Lawrence Durrell’s “Alexandria Quartet,” opens with several years having passed since the events of the first three volumes. Darley, the narrator, is living on a Greek island with the six-year-old illegitimate daughter Nessim fathered with Melissa. After running into Balthazar and his Inter-Linear, he eventually heads off for Alexandria again with the child, full of both trepidation and anticipation about the past and the people he knew there.

When Darley arrives in A
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Angie
Sep 11, 2010 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To finally have finished the fourth in this amazing quartet of books feels like a journey of sorts.

I have really adored being emersed in the lives of this group of individuals, thrown together through public and political life in a backdrop of exotic Egyptian locations and traditions starting in the romantic 1930's through to wartime. The contrast between the British characters: Mountolive, Darley, Pursewarden and others, (many eccentric tales there), to the Egyptian wealthy socialites ,wealthy
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Roger Brunyate
Aug 21, 2016 Roger Brunyate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, ww2
Incestuous

[NOTE: This review is intended for people who have read at least the first three volumes of The Alexandria Quartet. I do not recommend starting the series with Clea, and these notes will not be helpful to those that do.]

Lawrence Durrell set himself a huge challenge in his Alexandria Quartet: three volumes looking at the same events from different angles, and a fourth that would extend the story forward in time; he intended it as an analogy to the three dimensions of space and the one o
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Feliks
May 11, 2016 Feliks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are four volumes in Lawrence Durrell's sumptuous, stupendous narrative experiment ("Alexandria Quartet') and taken as a whole, they will astound any sensitive reader. It is a one-of-a-kind literary experience which amply deserves all the sensation and renown which surrounded its original release.

Durrell: erudite, wordy, perspicacious, sensitive. Writes with supreme adroitness towards both female and male characters. This particular experiment of his is the very last word in the psychology
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Christopher Sutch
Jul 16, 2011 Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult to articulate the incredible achievement Durrell has produced with the Alexandria Quartet, and this, the final novel and, in many ways, key to the series. As Durrell noted in the introduction to the second volume, _Balthazar_, his overall plan was based on the four-dimensional space of Einsteinian relativity physics, and this last volume, indeed, introduces, explicitly, the effects of time into Durrell's narrative, including all the ramifications time represents for interpersonal ...more
Lori
Jul 20, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first this final book in the series didn't hold up as much as the other 3 because requited love can be boring compared to the angst of requited. But oh! how lovely to settle into that flush of union of spirits and Durrell's poetry captures that transcendence. Plus it's vital to the complete series and the horror the soul experiences as it tries to assimilate the hate and ugliness of war. I only keep books that I love. And are worth rereading and while I doubt I will do that in its entirety - ...more
Ezgi
Sep 11, 2014 Ezgi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabancı
Mountolive'den sonra, kitaba hala yeni karakterlerin girmesi ile aslında süregelen hikayenin ihtiyaç duyulan açıklamalarının bu kitabın ortalarına kadar açıklanmamış olması biraz can sıkıcı. Mountolive o kadar heyecanlı ve çözüm odaklıydı ki bu kitap biraz gölgede kaldı. Ayrıca herkesin birbirine sürekli yan gözle bakmakta oluşu da artık 4. kitapta biraz batmaya ve şaşırtmamaya başladı. Sonlarına doğru Clea ile ilgili olarak gelişen yan hikaye bile heyecanı arttıramadı. Seri, Mountolive'de bitir ...more
Francisco
Jun 04, 2015 Francisco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela, ingleses
Punto final al Cuarteto de Alejandría. La ciudad, sometida a los rigores de la guerra, es el escenario donde Darley y Clea nos llevarán hasta el ¿desenlace? de todas las historias previamente trazadas en los otros tres libros. Pero como gran reflejo de la vida, los cierres de las historias abren otras historias nuevas... Lo que pasa es que ya no las veremos.
Jules
Apr 18, 2016 Jules rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Janet
Nov 28, 2015 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I vacillated a lot while reading this and in deciding how to rate this book. It was wonderful to have all the loose strings of the quartet tied up. Durrell's descriptions of Alexandria and the Greek island that Darley resides in when he is not in Alexandria are wonderful. The description of the mulid for El Scob was fascinating. However, the plot didn't have a continuous flow(I thought the other three books of the quartet were more organized) and the section containing the extracts from Pursewar ...more
Kristin
Jul 27, 2010 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clea – the fourth (and final) installment in Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet – returns us to the narrative style of Balthazar, and picks up where it left off.

At the conclusion of Balthazar, Darley receives a letter from Clea, though since I read that novel almost a year ago I don’t have any recollection what that letter was about. But anyway, it was enough to prompt Darley, who had been living on an island with Nessim & Melissa’s daughter, to ret
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Tony
CLEA. (1960). Lawence Durrell. ***.
If you haven’t read the first three books of Durrell’s tetraology, “The Alexandria Quartet,” then this book will be essentially meaningless for you. In it, Durrell has his protagonist and narrator, Darley, migrate from one of the Greek islands to Alexandria. The action takes place just before WW II. With him is Nessim’s illegitimate daughter, who is now six years old. When he and Nessim meet again, they begin to lapse into reminiscences of old times and old fr
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Sarah
Feb 01, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and problematic.
(just like Clea herself?)
Based on my understanding of Durrell's project, I didn't expect any sort of neat-and-tidy conclusion, and a good thing!
The entangled and entwined characters, the metaphors (Freud!), the 'art'...they all come together and then move apart and then come together again, though not with any clear end in sight--even death does not provide any sort of finality.
The human drama, in tandem with (or in some cases, in spite of) the political drama and the s
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David
Jun 16, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The finale of this quartet of books is pretty satisfying and (finally) has some gripping plottwists and romantic intrigue, including a James-Franco-esque handcutting scene that's pretty kick-ass.

Books one, two, and four are in Darley's voice, so after the departure of book three, we're back to the over-the-top style begun in Justine. I liked Darley's observations about Egypt and writing (through Pursewarden) more in this book than in the first two, and I think part of my preference derives from
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Deborah Palmer
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Sarah
Clea is the FINAL chapter in Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet [my reviews for Justine, Balthazar, and Mountolive have already been posted]. As previously stated, this quartet just gets better and more & more interconnected the further into the series you read! Clea was my ABSOLUTE favorite of the Alexandria Quartet novels!

In the ruse of returning Nessim's illegitimate daughter to him, Darley finds himself running into his comrades in Alexandria, of whom he has been formulating a novel.
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Andrew
The final installment of one of literature's great series, it's pretty much what I expect from Durrell. Lush prose, dense and interweaving storylines, and a heavy sense of nostalgia. That being said, I found the first two volumes of the Alexandria Quartet far better than the second two, even if the second two were decent enough. As a book, would barely be OK, but as the capstone of Durrell's effort, it's far better.
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The first two volumes Justine and Balthazar cover the philosophical pondering of love, as the narrator falls for Justine, and Justine loves? All the philosophy turns out to be describing 'real' activities in the third of the series Mountolive, which is where we finally learn the narrator's name, though he is no longer narrating, and more of the action, such as it is takes place.

The Alexandria Quartet is written in an 'artsy' manner, one that I couldn't quite get into, though it does have its mo
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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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Alexandria Quartet (4 books)
  • Justine (The Alexandria Quartet, #1)
  • Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet, #2)
  • Mountolive (The Alexandria Quartet, #3)

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