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The Dark Labyrinth - Lawrence Durrell

Paperback Published: 9th July 2001
ISBN: 9780571207435
Number Of Pages: 256

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This captivating Mediterranean novel was written by Lawrence Durrell immediately after finishing his exquisite vignette about Corfu, Prospero's Cell, and a decade before he started Justine. Originally called Cefalu, the story is set on Crete just after the War, as an odd assortment of English travellers come ashore from a cruise ship to explore the island, and in particular to examine a dangerous local labyrinth. They include an extrovert painter, a spiritualist, a Protestant spinster with a fox terrier, an antiquarian peer and minor poet, a soldier with guilty memories of the Cretan resistance, a pretty convalescent, and an eccentric married couple. To some extent the book is a roman a clef, and Durrell's characters talk with great reality about their experiences, themselves, and a certain psychological unease that has led most of them to embark on their journey. The climax is a disastrous visit to the labyrinth, with its reported minotaur. The Dark Labyrinth is something not to be missed.

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'The writing is nearly always superb, not only in the great passages of poetical description but also in the asides, the casual wit and the brilliance of comment.' Philip Toynbee, Observer

ISBN: 9780571207435
ISBN-10: 057120743X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 9th July 2001
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.7 x 11.1  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1

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Lawrence Durrell

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Lawrence George Durrell was an expatriate British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer, though he resisted affiliation with Britain and preferred to be considered cosmopolitan. It has been posthumously suggested that Durrell never had British citizenship, though more accurately, he became defined as a non-patrial in 1968 due to the amendment to the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962. Hence, he was denied the right to enter or settle in Britain under new laws and had to apply for a visa for each entry. His most famous work is the tetralogy The Alexandria Quartet.

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