Justine

  • by Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by Jack Klaff
  • 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural, and political - of a group of quite varied characters.
In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

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What the Critics Say

"[Justine] demands comparison with the very best novels of our century." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Customer Reviews

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Justine, The Alexandria Quartet

Would you consider the audio edition of Justine to be better than the print version?

No. Sadly, I didn't care for the reader. I wish for every reader of great literary fiction to revel in his prose.


What other book might you compare Justine to and why?

Justine is one of four sibling novels in The Alexandria Quartet. All are worth a read, as are his other works.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is an excellent reader of poetry. But for a novel, his eloquence was a distraction. I found it impossible to listen to. I would really like to listen to this novel, but with a straightforward reading. I know that Durrell's work is great literature, but I don't need every other word to be pronounced with deliberate poignance.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Impossible to pick from one sentence more beautiful than another, but here's one:
“These are the moments which are not calculable, and cannot be assessed in words; they live on in the solution of memory, like wonderful creatures, unique of their own kind, dredged up from the floors of some unexplored ocean.”


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- DreamEye

Ruined...

...by the reader. The Alexandria Quartet is a fascinating series of novels, and could have been a delightful listen. But the reader is simply atrocious -- affects such mannered voices for all characters that he spoils the prose. For instance, the voice of beautiful, young Justine sounds like an eighty-year-old woman who has smoked all her life. It would be wonderful if Audible would get these books by another reader.
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- Tambi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-20-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios