The tragic story of the mysterious and fascinating Justine, and those whose lives she touched in pre-war Alexandria, is told by her lover, an impoverished Irish teacher who has sought refuge across the Mediterranean in Greece.
It is undoubtedly a love story, but the real heroine of the book is its setting: Alexandria, the city 'which decrees that its women shall be the voluptuaries not of pleasure but of pain'.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 20/03/2000
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571203970
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Review by eadieburke
Book Decscription<br/>Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria 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.<br/><br/>My Review<br/>Durrell's writing is beautiful but this book is not for everyone. It is mostly a monologue where he uses his words to create an atmosphere that is pure magic Some of his sentences will stay with you for a long time. After reading Justine, I feel a need to go on and read the rest of the quartet. His writing is very addictive.