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Mountolive (1958)

af Lawrence Durrell

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Serier: Alexandria Quartet (3)

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Byen Alexandria før 2. verdenskrig danner rammen om et kompliceret puslespil af filtrede menneskeskæbner, forretninger, meninger og livsholdninger.
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There's not much I can add to these review besides my own personal opinion. I enjoy Lawrence's work, language and ability to capture a moment. The first five chapters were artfully crafted but I found the core of the book to be laboured up until the point of the last three chapters, where it felt Lawrence had a renewed energy for the prose. The characters were all a bit dreamy and I understand that the setting probably overshadowed the diplomatic intrigue and characterisation, but for me there were but few gripping interactions between them. But having said that it is by no means a bad read or poor piece of work, but I had to find a compatible setting to compliment that of the book. ( )
  RupertOwen | Apr 27, 2021 |
This third novel in the Alexandria Quartet switches to a different narrator from the previous two and changes quite dramatically in style. Durrell's prose is still beautiful and engaging, but I didn't find this novel nearly as enjoyable as the previous two.

Of the three books I've read so far in the quartet, all of them have a layer of dismissive colonial racism in them and a similar current of misogyny. The first two books were good enough for this to spoil but not break them, whereas this novel seems more offensive more frequently, and combined with the change in style it just isn't an enjoyable or recommendable book. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
The Alexandria Quartet is a treasure trove of characters and locations, emotions and relationships, history and plot. Above all is the language itself - glorious. A tough read but worth it. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Dec 4, 2020 |
The Alexandria Quartet continues to impress in its third volume. "Mountolive" is the toughest of the three books thus far, since the lead character's impersonal approach to the people of Alexandria comes close to being xenophobic and elitist at times (Durrell or Mountolive, I'm not sure). Yet it's also the most personal. For most of the book, we're directly with the character at its centre (unlike "Justine" or "Balthazar"), allowing us an unhindered look into the journey of one man. The book also clarifies many of the mysteries inherent in the first two texts, including a number of things we didn't even know WERE mysteries!

Yet it's not just the puzzle or the characterisation that satisfies: it's Durrell's approach to human existence and inter-connection. As we gradually realise the scope of his literary experiment, it becomes clear just how no one human can ever truly know any other human, and it's heartbreaking. Durrell's prose is often too rich, veering into a purple so rich Caesar wouldn't wear it, but for every shot that misses, three hit their mark. Mountolive's drive through the storm is rivaled for beauty only by the dust-storm sequence in "Justine", and the final chapter is a slow, pulsing, vivid depiction of the last moments before death. I'll probably give myself a few weeks to cleanse the palate before reading the final volume in the series, but I'm a Durrell convert for life, I can tell. ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
I enjoyed this chapter of the Alexandria quartet, and can see how the layering of the narrative was successful in carrying the spirit of the overall work. Here we get a political angle to the motivations, and a showing of the steel teeth that lay not so far beneath the surface of pre-war Alexandria, and by extension, through the British Empire as a whole. It wasn't any work to press on to the next volume. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 12, 2020 |
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