By Lawrence Durrell
The ultimate installment of the Alexandria Quartet, hailed by way of the recent York instances booklet evaluate as "one of crucial works of our time"
Years after his liaisons with Justine and Melissa, Darley turns into immersed in a courting with Clea, a bisexual artist. the consequent chain of occasions transforms not just the enthusiasts, however the lifeless to boot, and ends up in the series' remarkable and unforeseen resolution.
Praised via lifestyles as one of the "most mentioned and greatly popular critical fiction of our time," Clea contains on Durrell's guaranteed and unwavering kind, and confirms the series' status as a convincing masterpiece of twentieth-century fiction.
This book features a new creation through Jan Morris.
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You are most surely better suited to life among the stars: no doubt you hide yourself lest 1 For Supplementary Letters, see pp. 214–27, and the Note on the Text. Letter 16 23 you darken the sun; you have no blemishes like that star, but like the sun, you cover yourself with clouds. Your learning is an abyss deeper than the ocean, your mind is more penetrating than Zufagar,* that sword of Ali’s with two points; you know what is happening in the nine choirs of the celestial powers; you read the Qur2an upon the breast of our divine Prophet, and when you ﬁnd a passage obscure, an angel unfolds swift wings at his command, and descends from the throne to reveal to you its secret meaning.
Do you want milk for your ﬂocks, or fruit from our trees? ’ These words were dismissed with contempt, and those barbarous people took up their arms and invaded the land of the Troglodytes, whom they believed had only their innocence to defend them. The Troglodytes, however, were well prepared for their defence, and had placed their women and children in their centre. They were amazed by the injustice of their enemies, not by their numbers; their hearts were ﬁlled with fresh ardour: this Troglodyte wished to die for his father, that one for his wife and children, another for his brothers, and yet another for his friends; all wanted to die for the Troglodyte people.
Meanwhile, a cruel disease was ravaging the country; a skilful doctor came from a neighbouring land, and dispensed such appropriate remedies that he cured everyone who consulted him. ’ Erzeron, the 3rd of the Moon of Gemmadi 2 1711 letter 12 Usbek to the same, at Ispahan You have seen, my dear Mirza, how the Troglodytes perished through their own wickedness, and became victims of their own injustice. Out of all those families, there remained only two that escaped the misfortunes of the nation.
Clea (The Alexandria Quartet, Book 4) by Lawrence Durrell