You know that thing where because you read so much of one genre, you keep expecting non-genre books to follow the same conventions? Durrell paints a cast of unfortunate characters to descend into the titular abyss on the island of Crete. The rest of the novel gives some background to most of the characters, and then details their experiences within the labyrinth. The story is set on Crete just after the War, as an odd assortment of English travellers come ashore from a cruise ship to explore the island and in particular to examine a dangerous local labyrinth. They include an extrovert painter, a spiritualist, a Protestant spinster with a fox terrier, an antiquarian peer and minor poet, a soldier with guilty memories of the Cretan resistance, a pretty convalescent and an eccentric married couple. They will delight maliciously in Tunc.
Labürint ise kahtlemata küll, pime ja põnev, sees ja väljas. Re constructing Reality: Complexity in Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet. That doesn't mean you need to understand 1940s Britain to get the novel; it just means that understanding these people live in a basically recognisable but actually very different world is an important thing to keep in mind. This captivating Mediterranean novel was written by Lawrence Durrell immediately after finishing his exquisite vignette about Corfu, Prospero's Cell, and a decade before Justine. But the others parts are tedious and quite repetitive. El libro, escrito por Gordon Bowker, autor que desconocía pero que arrastra algo de fama desde su obra sobre Malcolm Lowry, carece de edición española, de versión digital e incluso parece que hace décadas que no se reedita, lo cual es una pena pues es sumamente atractivo para cualquiera interesado en el autor de El Cuarteto d Estos días he terminado de leer Through The Dark Labyrinth, la biografía de Lawrence Durrell que tenía pendiente, reposando en la mesita de la cama, desde hace ya dos años. He died of a at his house in Sommières in November 1990.
Not as good as the Alexandria Quartet by far, but still pretty great. This captivating Mediterranean novel was written by Lawrence Durrell immediately after finishing his exquisite vignette about Corfu, Prospero's Cell, and a decade before Justine. A temporary British military government was established in the Dodecanese at war's end, pending sovereignty being transferred to Greece in 1947, as part of from Italy. I had no desire to read it. During his years on Corfu, Durrell had made notes for a book about the island. The middle novel, , was nominated for the 1982. I know the Durrell family from having read My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell at school, and then reading several more of his memoirs off my own bat.
The Dark Labyrinth is very San Luis Rey, which may reveal too much but by the second page the deed is done, so there. Durrell learned to Lawrence Durrell worshipped landscapes almost as much as he worshipped the un-ensouled female body. Durrell went on to work for the in Bengal. But O Dear Reader, the zags! Return to list of reviews -. A group of English cruise-ship tourists debark to visit the isle of Crete's famed labyrinth, the City in the Rock.
The law was covertly intended to reduce migration from India, Pakistan, and the West Indies, but Durrell was also penalized by it and refused citizenship. Durrell married four times, and treated all of his wives abominably. Despite the powerful Mediterranean atmosphere one could discern that Durrell is still struggling in the wake of Huxley, yet to depart for his own singu The Dark Labyrinth is very San Luis Rey, which may reveal too much but by the second page the deed is done, so there. EdmontonL U Alberta P, 2014. Beginning in 1974, Durrell published , using many of the same techniques.
But that is precisely what makes this novel all the more enchanting. He preferred to be considered as. His last great novel cycle, The Avignon Quintet, has intrigued with its formal complexity and compelling mystery - the story of his generation through peace and war. There are sub-plots about the mysterious Axelos, who lives in a h When a group of first class passengers on a cruise disembark at Crete for a guided tour of a labyrinthine cave system at Cefalu, they are trapped by a rock-fall, with only Lord Graecan being on the right side of the rocks to make his way back out and raise the alarm. The climax is a disastrous visit to the labyrinth, with its reported minotaur. Certainly their eventual story is the most captivating. He returned to London with Eve in the summer of 1948, around the time that Marshal of Yugoslavia broke ties with 's.
I knocked it off in a month in order to hold my depression at bay. If you survive the excruciatingly dull character development during the first two thirds of the book you will be rewarded with a really great conclusion from the point they enter the labyrinth. After the , Lawrence and Nancy escaped via to ,. I wouldn't class them as fully allegorical, because I can't come up with a meaning beyond the surface one for some aspects of each novel. Like many other children of the British Raj, at the age of eleven, Durrell was sent to England for schooling, where he briefly attended before being sent to ,.
A classic tale from the master. New York: Peter Lang, 2005. I say this not because the illustration of religious ideas is the most frequent and best known reason for the use of allegory in literature, but because Durrell explicitly uses Biblical images like Eden alongside pagen Greek myth. Sappho, after years of cruel treatment by her father, which she tellingly described as a form of psychological incest, hanged herself at the age of 33. However, while these themes provide the structure of the Quartet, they run comfortably in the background of the story, which is most notable for its rich and memorable characters and the beauty and eloquence of the prose. From his dorm window, he could see the snow-capped Himalayas and, on clear days, even Mount Everest itself.
The book was very boring at the beginning but I was stubborn enough to move thorugh it and as the action unfolds, the story gets really exciting, even a bit surreal. The parts of the Durrell family in Corfu that I disliked turned out to be the most truthful---crazy family and not so wonderful mother. He wrote about his time in Cyprus in , which won the Duff Cooper Prize in 1957. Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking. The story unfolds with a peculiar blend of allegory and symbolism, which some readers have rejected as being too uneven. Quiero pensar que procedía de un expurgo y no había sido obtenido por otros medios ciertamente censurables.
But the others parts are tedious and quite repetitive. Born in India, schooled under Mount Everest, Durrell spent his most productive years in Greece and around the Mediterranean. Thus the labyrinth has three meanings: a set of Cretan caves, the mythological haunt of the monster, and a psychological crisis. Would I choose to read more of Lawrence Durrell? She was a Jewish woman born in Alexandria. The Alexandria Quartet Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea 1957—1960 The Alexandria Quartet is arguably Lawrence Durrell's finest work, an exploration of modern love utilizing Einsteinian notions of time and Freudian ideas about the fluidity of identity. University Press of Kentucky, 1986.