Justine

  • by Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by Jack Klaff
  • 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, 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.
In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Lawrence Durrell's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview – where James Atlas interviews Daniel Mendelsohn about the life and work of Lawrence Durrell – begins as soon as the audiobook ends.

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What the Critics Say

"[Justine] demands comparison with the very best novels of our century." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Justine

This amazing book, the first of four very complex novels, takes us to the heart of Durrell's true love; the Levant. He introduces characters that will appear in all four works. This is a powerful novel where the reader is expected to work.
Although I appreciate the tour de force which is Jack Klaff's reading, it did not 'carry me', this may be because I had already read the work in print and had formed my own internal voice.
The character of Justine is drawn with sympathy and conviction. The engaging mystery is to understand motivation through complex and partial revelation.

To read only Justine is to miss the excitement and richness that awaits us as we move through the three subsequent novels.
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- Flossie16

Return to a classic

Enjoyed the book and now the audio, was almost put off by a poor review but glad I took the chance.
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- Amy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-03-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios