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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.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Lawrence Durrell's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview – where James Atlas interviews Daniel Mendelsohn about the life and work of Lawrence Durrell – begins as soon as the audiobook ends.
©1957 Lawrence Durrell (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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"[Justine] demands comparison with the very best novels of our century." (The New York Times Book Review)
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By Alan on 03-31-11

Excellent/ with fine narration

An excellent~~superb book and the narrator is one of the best.


That said i must also inform all those who purchased this title in the few months after it came out in october to ask audible for the version which is now available and is 9 hours 55 minutes and NOT the 8 hour 55 minute one[ only just taken down last week] which is missing part 4 of the book!!!

without the ending one is missing much of the story and would have difficulties continuing with the quartet--which i strongly recommend.

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By Judith on 06-19-12

Durrell and Alexandria

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

I don't think it is actually better than the print version, but I read that four times over twenty years and love it madly. That said, the audio version with Jack Klaff is quite wonderful. He gets the characters and seems to understand the city and the circumstances better than most. I think his voice works well for this title...and probably the whole quartet as well.

What did you like best about this story?

The slow unfolding of the storyline/plot is beautifully handled and neither too fast nor too slow. I love this because there is a sense of leisure and of the Alexandrian baroque in the book. He is right when he says the city is a character...it affects everything that happens and everyone. This story would not have been the same in another city.

Time unfolds and the plot unfolds in a way which is not usually seen in novels. I love the books because there is time to savor what happens and discover what it means to the characters and to me.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Flossie16 on 11-14-11

Justine

This amazing book, the first of four very complex novels, takes us to the heart of Durrell's true love; the Levant. He introduces characters that will appear in all four works. This is a powerful novel where the reader is expected to work.
Although I appreciate the tour de force which is Jack Klaff's reading, it did not 'carry me', this may be because I had already read the work in print and had formed my own internal voice.
The character of Justine is drawn with sympathy and conviction. The engaging mystery is to understand motivation through complex and partial revelation.

To read only Justine is to miss the excitement and richness that awaits us as we move through the three subsequent novels.

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By Amy on 03-17-15

Return to a classic

Enjoyed the book and now the audio, was almost put off by a poor review but glad I took the chance.

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By Isabelle on 12-06-17

ruined by narrator

I think I have a pretty high tolerance for dubious narration but this really takes the breath away. at 1.5 faster the general narration is good but the voices of the characters are so so awful. I read this book with my eyes and so had an idea of the elegance of Justine, the wittiness of Purswarden and so on. I think it's really sad and I just don't know how he got the gig. If you can turn off (that part of) your ears and pretend that Justine isn't speaking in the voice of a drunk cartoon toad then go for it. I bought the whole series because I really like this book :)

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