A Novel

Book - 1959 1958
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The intrigues of Justine and Balthazar multiply and deepen in the third volume of the Alexandria Quartet, giving us a novel of labyrinthine intricacy and mesmerizing beauty.

In the first two novels of this profoundly innovative masterpiece, Lawrence Durrell explored two sides of a romantic quadrangle involving several inhabitants of prewar Alexandria. Now that geometry is seen from a startling new angle--through the clinical eye of a British diplomat, for whom love is only another form of statecraft. Like its predecessors, Mountolive is a novel of vertiginous disclosures, in which the betrayer and the betrayed share secret alliances and an adulterous marriage turns out to be a vehicle for the explosive passions of the modern Middle East.

"Durrell is almost without peer in conveying atmosphere and mood. Even if his Alexandria never existed on this earth, it is now as real as Hawthorne's Rome, Proust's Paris, Loti's Constantinople. . . . Mountolive is dazzlingly cohesive, beautifully controlled from beginning to end."-- Saturday Review

"A work of splendid craft and troubling veracity."-- The New York Times

" Mountolive has vivid imagery and scenes of ghastly hilarity. . . . Readers will be sharply aware that they are encountering an acute intelligence pursuing a grand design."-- TIME
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 1959 [c1958]
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780140153200
Call Number: F DurreLL
Characteristics: 318 p. ; 21 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Aug 04, 2016

Book 3 of Durrell's celebrated (and very boring) "Alexandria Quartet." According to the back, it's a "novel of vertiginous disclosures, in which the betrayer and the betrayed shared secret alliances." Um, OK. Followed by "Clea."

b4527drak6 Dec 01, 2014

Your "Notes" mention the
first novel of the Alexandria
Quartet as"justice" instead of
"Justine." Obviously they never
read the book.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SFPL

To Top