The World of Lawrence Durrell

The World of Lawrence Durrell

The World of Lawrence Durrell

The World of Lawrence Durrell

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Lawrence Durrell has been welcomed with general critical exuberance. One of the reasons for such a response to his work is that this is an age in which so many authors can't write, as Durrell certainly can. Among the comparatively newer men only Albert Camus, who also dealt sometimes with North Africa--but how differently!--has been greeted with such enthusiasm. The career of Camus was alas cut short prematurely; Durrell has yet the prospect of continued growth and success. But his achievement is already enormous, as the essays in the present volume indicate.

An age in which so many authors can't write: there is in Durrell's writing none of the prevailing flatness; he is a poet and a writer of distinguished prose, with a sense of the tones and colors of language which he uses in the heightened sense of what used to be called style. That word is suspect now because it suggests mere decoration; Durrell's prose, like that of any first- rate author, is remarkable by virtue of its richness of content, its fusion of subject with expression--as, once again, so many of the present essays testify. His Alexandria Quartet is an exploration of the mystery of . . .

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