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Mountolive

Lawrence Durrell

Lose yourself in the thrilling political intrigue and tangled love affairs of wartime Egypt: Durrell’s epic modern classic, introduced by William Boyd (bestselling author of Any Human Heart and Restless).

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£9.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571356041
Date Published
06.05.2021
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Summary

Lose yourself in the thrilling political intrigue and tangled love affairs of wartime Egypt: Durrell’s epic modern classic, introduced by William Boyd (bestselling author of Any Human Heart and Restless).

‘A master at creating and handling tension … I was fascinated from the start.’ Wilbur Smith

David Mountolive, a young English diplomat, has been obsessed with Egypt ever since a youthful love affair. Returning to Alexandria as British Ambassador just before World War Two, he unravels an intricate political and religious conspiracy – one that connects a web of wildly different characters, including an exiled schoolteacher and glamorous Egyptian couple. Mountolive gradually exposes the sinister underbelly of these tangled relationships, their deceptions and betrayals mirroring the explosive turmoil of the modern Middle East – and the result is Durrell’s most cinematic masterpiece.

‘Astonishing … A work of splendid craft and troubling veracity.’ New York Times Book Review

A masterpiece … Don’t be fooled by the richness of the prose, the depth of the passions … Wicked and funny.’ Guardian

‘Dazzlingly exuberant in style and vision, reckless in ambition, wonderfully prolific in invention … Superb.’ Observer

VOLUME THREE OF LAWRENCE DURRELL’S ALEXANDRIA QUARTET

Critic Reviews

A master at creating and handling tension ... I was fascinated from the start.

Wilbur Smith
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Lawrence Durrell was a British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer. Born in 1912 in India to British colonial parents, he was sent to school in England and later moved to Corfu with his family – a period which his brother Gerald fictionalised in My Family and Other Animals – later filmed as The Durrells in Corfu – and which…

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