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Justine (Faber Fiction Classics) de Lawrence…

Justine (Faber Fiction Classics) (original: 1957; edição: 2001)

de Lawrence Durrell

Séries: Alexandria Quartet (1)

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On the eve of World War II in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, an exiled Irish schoolteacher becomes involved with Justine, the Jewish wife of a Coptic Christian.
Título:Justine (Faber Fiction Classics)
Autores:Lawrence Durrell
Informação:Faber & Faber Ltd (2001), Paperback, 223 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Etiquetas:fiction, 20th century

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Justine de Lawrence Durrell (1957)


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Woke up in the middle of the night and decided to finish this. This is my second Durrell book--I read his travel memoir Bitter Lemons of Cyprus which I adored. The prose in this book which is the first of the Alexandria Quartet is breathtaking. I had my Kindle highlighter on and running.

I posted this one the other day which sums of the kind of prose and imagery you will find: "In a grocer's window I saw a small tin of olives with the name Orvieto on it, and overcome by a sudden longing to be on the right side of the Mediterranean, entered the shop: bought it; had it opened there and then: and sitting down at a marble table in that gruesome light I began to eat Italy, its dark scorched flesh, hand-modelled spring soil, dedicated vines."

This was a good book to read with a Kindle-I found both the dictionary as well as the X-Ray of the book helpful to track characters.

And thank you Internet--I was able to listen to a portion of this audio of Lawrence Durrell speaking at UCLA in 1972. In the audio he talks about his friendship with Henry Miller and other writers. https://youtu.be/4ZTajhgR82M Also sort of fun--this audio at first sounds like it could have been recorded recently until the questions start. At about 17:40 some idiot poet starts off calling those around him intellectual facists, mentions he isn't allowed on campus during the day for political reasons, whines that poets should be able to make money, and then goes on to demand Durrell read him because he is "quite good." Something you could only find on campus between the late sixties and early seventies. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
The author of "Justine", Lawrence Durrell, was a perceptive and honest observer of human character and desires and provides a firsthand description of Alexandra in Egypt before World War II, having lived there around that time.

There are some annoyances. Durrell appears rather self-consciously to have been trying to Write Literature. Perhaps it was a late 1950's mannerism. Untranslated French seems to appear on every other page (Penguin, 1991). The reader should be rather familiar with classical Mythology. The occasional sexual candor was likely an attraction (and asset) once but is common today.

Not recommended for the general reader. Writers may enjoy the book as might anyone especially interested in that time and place. ( )
  KENNERLYDAN | Jul 11, 2021 |
Very beautifully written, complex description of love, longing, and lust in a sort of menage a quatre set in pre-WWII Alexandria. Not much story though. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Justine is a story of adultery, of fate, of attraction. It's the story of Alexandria, Egypt as well, which the narrator blames on page one for all that follows. It's a fascinating setting brought to life with Durrell's Proustian descriptive passages - but not really so dry as that. He demonstrates the city's character through its citizens, exposing us to a wide swath of the social scale and all of their qualities. Alexandria as he portrays it is a den of self-aware licentiousness closely tied to a sense of the inevitable. This serves to feed the same beliefs in the character Justine.

Justine believes she is a slave to fate, that she must inevitably act upon attraction even before it burgeons into love. It's a strange belief I can't relate to, but I found solace from confusion in the narrator - her latest lover - who doesn't really believe in it either. Nonetheless it is part of the mystery of her that attracts him in return. Both of them betray other loves in their lives, each of those relationships with its own complications. Their secret cannot be kept forever.

Dialogue like music, its lyrics like poetry, whatever the subject matter. Nearly everyone in this novel is fiercely introspective, if not always correct in their analysis. The narrator is aided by a novel written by Justine's former lover that he uses as a map to navigate his own relationship with her. Perhaps here Durrell is cribbing from an earlier draft of a similar story, his own "Go Find a Watchman". The title's borrowing from Marquis de Sade does not at first seem as direct in the novel's content. The Justine of this novel acts more like her own torturer, until we learn her behaviour is likely explained by childhood abuse. Possibly it was darker abuse than we know, further shaded by fears for her lost daughter. The reader should anticipate a bolt of lightning? ( )
1 vote Cecrow | Apr 18, 2021 |
Justine inicia la obra que la crítica mundial ha saludado unánimemente como una de las más extraordinaria, audaz y original de estos últimos años: la tetralogía denominada El cuarteto de Alejandría.
Su autor, ya conocido como uno de los mejores poetas de la lengua inglesa, se revela aquí no sólo como un prosista prodigioso, donde cada palabra parece inesperada y nueva, sino además como uno de los pocos escritores de hoy capaces de describir con inteligencia y rigor, y a la vez con el encanto de una conversación maravillosa, la turbadora complejidad de la vida contemporánea.
Justine ha sido definida como una penetrante investigación del amor moderno, y, también, como la más sorprendente descripción del sentimiento trágico de la vida.
Durrell no sólo evoca magníficamente lo exótico, lo poético, lo extravagante, lo diabólico: su Alejandría, donde se confunden la realidad y el sueño, es sin embargo de una precisa belleza y ha sido comparada con la Roma de Hawthorne y el París de Proust. En este fabuloso escenario, el relato, y el mismo amor de Darley, el narrador, por la enigmática Justine parecen crecer incesantemente, hasta alcanzar en la fascinadora cacería del lago Mareotis una insólita y dramática intensidad.
Lawrence Durrell nació en 1914 en Bombay, de padres irlandeses, Vivió en Londres y Corfú, y como diplomático inglés, en Egipto, Argentina, Chipre y Europa Central. Reside en el sur de Francia. Es el autor de El libro negro y Cefalú, y un libro clásico sobre Chipre, Limones amargos. El cuarteto de Alejandría ha sido traducido a más de doce idiomas.
  ArchivoPietro | Oct 24, 2020 |
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This extraordinary novel is a sensuous and beautifully written hymn to the "postcoital sadness" of mankind. [...] When the book is finished the people fade, but the riddles of existence and the cruelties of love remain as vivid images. And Alexandria remains as well, with its dusttormented streets, its lemony sunlight, where even the sulky young "struggle for breath and in every summer kiss they can detect the taste of quicklime."
adicionado por Widsith | editarTime (Aug 26, 1957)
This is the best work of fiction I have read in some years [...] a book that demands comparison with the very best books of our century and specifically, since it treats also of recollected experiences of love, with Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past." Mr. Durrell has become a truly important writer [...] His people, his places are masterly. It is a long time since a new book obliged me to read so slowly, so savoringly.
adicionado por Widsith | editarNew York Times, Gerald Sykes (Aug 25, 1957)

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