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The time is the eve of the World War II. The place is Alexandria, an Egyptian city that once housed the world's greatest library and whose inhabitants are dedicated to knowledge. But for the obsessed characters in this mesmerizing novel, their pursuits lead only to bedrooms in which each seeks to know--and possess--the other. Since its publication in 1957, Justine has inspired an almost religious devotion among readers and critics alike.
Publisher: New York, Dutton, 1961, c1957
ISBN: 9780140153194
Characteristics: 253 p. ; 21 cm


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Apr 12, 2015

"Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us?"
I was reading Henry Miller's book about his time in Greece, "The Colossus of Maroussi," and the English novelist Lawrence Durrell, who lived in Greece, makes a number of appearances. His reputation rests on "The Alexandria Quartet," which came out between 1957 and 1960 and is ranked by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century. The other reviewers clearly loved it, but I couldn't get into it and found it pretty dull. Followed by "Balthazar." I do like the cover, which was done by a tattoo artist.

Jan 24, 2011

I don't think that Balthasar is the second one in the series. Isn't it Clea?? It's vital that you read them in the correct order. It's a magnificent series. I'm about to read it again after a long time. I usually rate it as one of my all-time favourites when people ask.

Oct 22, 2009

This book blew me away. One of the most powerful experiences I have had with a novel. Totally unexpected and wonderful. Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

Sadly, I was not as blown away by the next book in the series - Balthazar


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