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Publisher's Summary

Justine is the first volume in The Alexandria Quartet, four interlinked novels set in the sensuous, hot environment of Alexandria just before the Second World War. Within this polyglot setting of richly idiosyncratic characters is Justine, wild and intense, wife to the wealthy business man Nessim, a mari complaisant. Her emotional and sexual wildness fuels a highly charged atmosphere which, caught famously by Durrell's poetic language, made Justine (1957), and three novels that complete the Quartet - Balthazar (1958), Mountolive (1958), and Clea (1960) - both a critical and a popular success.
(P)1995 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd,; ©1995 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Lawrence on 08-12-04

A Crime to Abridge

Groundbreaking literature that flows like rhythymic waves of sensual atmospheric honey to the ears and mind. Here are lives and loves and place so exquisitely examined. Abridgement here is a disservice to anyone who has never read this 1st novel of the Alexandrian Quartet, and painful to one who has. Sigh; Dream; Ache; Fear; Yearn for more.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Cecil Stelzer on 10-22-17

Not the whole book

This is a good recording, but it isn't the full book. It is heavily abridged, maybe only 70% of the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 08-09-16

Brilliant book, brilliantly read

Heavily abridged, but still brilliant. I am always puzzled why it is not on any 100 best works of literature lists.
Anatomy of a doomed love affair against the (beautifully described) backdrop of 1930s Alexandria.

Beautifully read by the wonderful Nigel Anthony.

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