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DURRELL, L.: Justine (Abridged)


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DURRELL, L.: Justine (Abridged)

Justine is the first volume in The Alexandria Quartet, four interlinked novels set in the sensuous, hot environment of Alexandria just before the Second World War. Within this polyglot setting of richly idiosyncratic characters is Justine, wild and intense, wife to the wealthy business man Nessim, a mari complaisant. Her emotional and sexual wildness fuels a highly-charged atmosphere which, caught famously by Durrell’s poetic language, made Justine (1957), and the three novels that complete the Quartet—Balthazar (1958), Mountolive (1958), and Clea (1960) both a critical and a popular success.

Disc 1

1.   'I have escaped to this island' 00:04:56
2.   Melissa - dusted by the pollen of kisses 00:05:15
3.   Pale, slender, phthisic 00:06:11
4.   Georges - Gaston Pombal 00:05:09
5.   Rats, ticks, street noises - and Justine 00:04:53
6.   'Prince' Nessim 00:08:25
7.   Capodistria 'more a goblin than a man' 00:07:17
8.   The anguish of Justine 00:04:17
9.   On the beach 00:08:46
10.   Pursewarden - and Melissa 00:09:06
11.   The diaries of Justine 00:05:54
12.   The pages of Moeurs 00:09:10

Disc 2

1.   From another memory 00:08:23
2.   Vertiginous uncertainty 00:10:27
3.   Balthazar - a key of the city 00:10:27
4.   In a town of sects and gospels - the Cabal 00:06:43
5.   A dying rival 00:07:23
6.   The tenebrous peninsula 00:10:02
7.   Lieutenant Commander Scobie 00:05:59
8.   Clea, the gentle, lovable, unknowable 00:05:17
9.   Omens, warnings, suspicions 00:07:45
10.   Scobie's promotion 00:06:55

Disc 3

1.   Internal struggles 00:11:04
2.   The boustrophedon of espionage 00:08:10
3.   The great cycle of historical dreams 00:02:52
4.   The yearly shoot on Lake Mareotis 00:06:11
5.   In Nessim's car 00:05:46
6.   Preparations for the shoot 00:05:55
7.   Premonitions of the dawn 00:08:18
8.   Absence and lesions 00:11:44
9.   Recovering memories 00:08:11
10.   A different Justine 00:10:07

Total Playing Time: 03:56:58

Durrell, Lawrence

Anthony, Nigel

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Catalogue No: NA304012

Barcode: 0730099004022

Boxset: NAX24012

Physical Release: 04/1995

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