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Tunc: A Novel [Lawrence Durrell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Durrell has a unique gift for the pearly sentence floating in a deep sea of philosophic melodrama. They will delight maliciously in “Tunc.” This is the first novel to be published by Lawrence Durrell since “The Alexandria Quartet” came to an end in , and it is.

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Sep 18, Andrew added it Shelves: With some truly memorable sequences. While Cryptonomicon fans might be interested in this in itself, it is not particularly important to the story exactly what his inventions are, though the snatches of speech he records are used as an element of the novel’s text. Lawrnce website uses cookies to improve your experience.

The Alexandria Quartet is a masterpiece of atmospheric moods and mysterious resolutions, where the ill-defined characters, hybrids out of Proust and Maugham, become fascinating through the sheer incantatory appeal of Durrell’s style.

The inscrutable Merlin is always one step ahead, and twists and turns ensue in this tale of sexual and moral intrigue that leaves Felix’s future–and his sanity–on uncertain ground.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. A scientist discovers that his famous invention leads to a dangerous outcome Felix Charlock’s scientific genius is unrivaled–and so is his very special invention.

Nick rated it liked it Feb 22, The Revolt of Aphrodite 1. One has to see them out of the corner of one’s eye. He is betrothed to the erratic Merlin heiress, Benedicta, and given access to an inexhaustible fortune. I quite enjoyed it but did not think up to the standard of the Yunc Quarteteven though Durrell himself considered it superior.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. After some wandering around at the beginning, the story got on track and a mystery began about the protagonist’s employer and wife. Accept Reject Read More. Want to Read saving…. This gives the second half of the novel something of the air of an investigation into a secret society, like John Fowles’ The Magus or even The Illuminatus! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Dogra rated it liked it Apr durrelll, He is confused by things like the executive always available by phone but completely elusive physically, or the company’s involvement with one of his former mistresses, now a film star, or the possible reappearance of a former employee who had been reported dead.

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This page was last edited on 17 Mayat I read this about five years ago, and gave it another shot – with a more grounded mind. Be the first to discover new talent!

Tunc by Lawrence Durrell

drurell Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This a very unusual book but I’m glad that Durrsll purchased it.

Originally published on my blog here in December Return to Book Page. Without the sequel, there is much which doesn’t get explained the titles of both the books and the pairing for one thing, make little sense in relation to the content of this novelso reading Tunc is likely to be quickly followed by reading Nunquaml.

Durrell died in France in The narrator, Felix Charlock, is an inventor, who is involved in the early days of electronic engineering – at the start of the novel, he has developed a miniature sound recorder which he is using to tape voices for analysis on a primitive computer. Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from December All articles with vague or ambiguous time Vague or ambiguous time from December Durrell is inventive, witty, thoughtful, giving a chic ambiguous touch and some dazzling dramatic sketches to an obviously contrived, unfelt, and fluctuating tour de force.

Not that I am a stickler for this idea, but as the main character was a privileged white male stewing in boredom and contempt of his fellow humans with some vague background education in the classics arena I began to crave some notion of ethics might slap him upside the head.

Please provide an email address. I was once given the criteria that a novel should at some time alter in narrative, perhaps by way of a fellow main character, or something should alter the primary narrative view. Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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I should point out that this being Durrell, be prepared for a bit of a struggle — he doesn’t hand anything to you, and the whole thing reminds me at points of some of those ennui-soaked Italian movies from, say Antonioni et alwhere even the “suspense” sections are somehow still quite floaty. Durrell has a unique gift for the pearly sentence floating in a deep sea of philosophic melodrama. Books by Lawrence Durrell. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ashley lawreence it it was ok Jun 29, A similar preoccupation with narrative and “cause and effect” is introduced early in the series, and this is made explicit by the character Hippolyta: The individual volumes, Tunc and Nunquamwere less successful than his earlier The Alexandria Quartetin part because they deviate significantly from his earlier style and because they approach more openly political and ideological problems.

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I should point out that this being Durrell, be prepared for a bit of a struggle — he doesn’t hand anything to you, and the whole thing reminds me at points of some of those ennui-soaked Italian movies from, say Antonioni et alwhere even the “suspense” sections are somehow djrrell quite flo Having finished the Alexandria Quartet a year or so ago, Tunc is about what I would have expected — lots of expatriate languor and impressionistic storytelling.

Retrieved lawrecne ” https: Matt Gibault rated it it was ok Nov 05, Durrell corresponded with author Henry Miller for forty-five years, and Miller influenced much of his early work, including a provocative and controversial novel, The Black Book The novel settles down a bit after this, though it is still possible to discern the influence of James Joyce and the techniques of stream of consciousness writing.

I mean there seem to be always a dozen perfectly appropriate explanations to every phenomenon.

Tunc (Revolt of Aphrodite, book 1) by Lawrence Durrell

That reading through tears is a bitter sweet experience. We get the usual Durrell flourishes — mysterious expatriates in Eastern Europe, even more mysterious potentates and the innocent abroad story. Critical responses to the work has varied. Michael Robert Dudley James rated it dugrell liked it Nov 18,