جوستين

  • Title: جوستين
  • Author: Lawrence Durrell لورنس داريل فخري لبيب
  • ISBN: 9789770924680
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. “In the great quietness of these winter evenings there is one clock: the sea. It’s dim momentum in the mind is the fugue upon which this writing is made. Empty cadences of sea-water licking it’s own wounds,sulking along the mouths of the delta, boiling upon those deserted beaches– empty under the gulls: white scribble on the grey, munched by clouds." - Lawrence Durrell, JustineSometimes you discover a new author and know you’re going to be friends for life. A one-sided friendship but y [...]

    2. I woke too soon. Unfortunately, I think that’s the problem with this one. I feel like someone getting surgery who has gotten an insufficient dose of anesthesia, or someone who opens her eyes wide in the midst of a hypnotist act. I really wasn’t looking to make you look bad, and quite frankly I’d prefer it if you’d put me back to sleep, but here I am, nonetheless, looking at you. Durrell feels like he was put in charge of the puppet show before he was ready. This is a test product, not so [...]

    3. For Once Four Was Too Few for a QuartetI decided to re-read "Justine" after something like 30 years before starting the subsequent books of "The Alexandria Quartet" for the first time.As much as I enjoyed the novel, I suspect that it will acquire even greater meaning and resonance once I've finished the Quartet.Each volume of the Quartet is named after one of the members of the narrator's peer group in pre-war Alexandria. The first page mentions four friends: Justine and Nessim, Melissa and Balt [...]

    4. I have been meaning to read the Alexandria Quartet for many years and now seems to be a good time. The first part of the Quartet focuses on a struggling writer (Darley); it tells in retrospect the story of a doomed love affair between Darley and Justine, the wife of an Egyptian Copt called Nessim. It is set in Alexandria and there is a strong supporting cast of characters: Pombal, an official at the French consulate who lives with Darley; Capodistria, a Greek who is a broker; Scobie, a transvest [...]

    5. This book is suffused with wistful nostalgia, with Mediterranean languor and the love and lust of yesterday. I lived in Egypt many years ago and this book brought back my own nostalgic memories of carefree youth. So perhaps I'm a biased reader. But who isn't?

    6. Concise Summary:The book is difficult. Words such as immoral sophistry and highbrow drivel come to mind. The last part induced me to raise the rating from one to two stars. In this part Lawrence Durrell switches from excessive philosophizing to a resolution to the "characters" egotistical behavior. Things actually happen; we see what these people have brought down on themselves. In fact there ARE some wonderful descriptions.There is no humor.I fail to believe that Lawrence Durrell delivers a bal [...]

    7. As you most likely know, this is the first book of Lawrence Durrell's acclaimed Alexandria Quartet. What is it about? Stupid question. Unless by "about" you mean, what does it feel like? It feels like a warm, ancient, beautiful, decaying, diverse, passionate, decadent city that seems to permeate the lives of its inhabitants, most of whom seem obsessed with sex. So it is a lot about sex and what it means, and how it relates to love and manipulation, and if any of this has any moral basis. There i [...]

    8. لما تلاقى رباعيه روائيه لكاتب انجليزى على مدينه مصريه لازم تلفت انتباهكولما تلاقى ان عنوان اول جزء فى الرباعيه على اسم انسان لازم تركيزك يزيدولما تلاقى ان اسم الانسان دا يرجع لانثى يبقى لازم تقرأها على طول :D :D :Dاول جزء فى الرباعيه. روايه غريبه فيها عمق انسانى واضح:امرأة.زرجه. [...]

    9. This book is not without merit. It has some real gems - sentences or ideas that are wonderful and crystallize clearly something which is true about the world.Loving is so much truer when sympathy and not desire makes the match; for it leaves no wounds.Or Lovers are never equally matched - do you think? One always overshadows the other and stunts his or her growth so that the overshadowed one must always be tormented by a desire to escape, to be free to grow. Surely this is the only tragic thing [...]

    10. Dedication: To EVE these memorials of her native cityOpening: The sea is high today, with a thrilling flush of wind. In the midst of winter you can feel the inventions of spring.Beautiful writing going on here. P.21 phthsic definition: 1. Variant of phthisis.2. Archaic Any illness of the lungs or throat, such as asthma or a cough. [Middle English ptisike, from Old French ptisique, from phthisicus, consumptive, from Greek phthisikos, from phthisis, wasting away, consumption; see phthisis.P. 64 Mo [...]

    11. I pored toga što me je u više navrata ujeo za srce, Darel je odličan pisac i ovo je odličan roman. Narativa pozitivno nedefinisana, nabacana tako da se dalja i bliža i najdalja i najbliža prošlost mešaju sa sadašnjošću na jedan potpuno maničan, a opet veoma pitak, organski način. Psihologija likova (i to kakvih) bez „psihoterapije“ kojoj je kao kontrast vrlo sklon pisac romana u romanu. Upečatljive slike i cela ona razvratna atmosfera karakteristična za npr grupu umetnika u Pi [...]

    12. Lawrence Durrell's writing is a shimmering beauty, and he makes you wish for a piece of his Alexandria as much as you want to pity and love and embrace his characters. His descriptions and observations of the human condition are as deep as that of any philosopher, and when his prose hits that high note, well, you are left dazzled. But I wouldn't lie that it is a straight forward book and the story falls in place with each page flipped, but a concentrated reading will be well worth it. It is inde [...]

    13. "A CIDADEDisseste; “Vou partir para outra terra, vou partir para outro mar.
Uma outra cidade melhor do que esta encontrar-se-á.
Cada esforço meu um malogro escrito está;
e é — como morto — enterrado o meu coração.
A minha mente até quando irá ficar nesta estagnação.
Para onde quer que eu olhe, para onde quer que eu fite por aí
ruínas negras da minha vida vejo aqui,
onde tantos anos passei e dizimei e dei em estragar”.Lugares novos não vais encontrar, não encon [...]

    14. This is my third time reading this book, but this time I listened. It was amazing how much of the words I had internalized, and I found myself smiling along with some of the parts that were familiar. I'm looking forward to actually finishing the quartet this time around (fingers crossed) and reading the other parts of the story. The narrator does a decent job although some of the voices are so heavily accented they are almost hard to understand! The audiobook also had a track at the end where a [...]

    15. These are the moments which are not calculable, and cannot be assessed in words; they live on in the solution of memory, like wonderful creatures, unique of their own kind, dredged up from the floors of some unexplored ocean.Full review of sorts will ensue when the tetralogy is completed.

    16. Having just thrown away Dave Eggers’ Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius I was in the market for a book that read like it was trying. Like it was making an effort. Like it was really bloody worn out from wanting to be read. And thanks to my friend Michael, who always lends me the highbrow books, I’ve discovered Lawrence Durrell. Durrell, whose brother Gerald was the author of My Family and Other Animals, which as a child I grew up watching on the BBC, is the author of the intimidating-so [...]

    17. Linda lent me a beautiful vintage set of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet. I had said something about loving DH Lawrence lately. She said they are similar. And it sounded so good; set in an exotic locale, an interesting time, a much-lauded writer, and a friend of Henry Miller to boot. How could I go wrong? I think I've been reading this thing for two weeks but I can't bring myself to finish it. It is a little story of uninteresting little people engaging in petty soap opera dramas because they are h [...]

    18. Tik vilinoši sācies, vēlāk šis darbs mani nogurdināja ar ārkārtīgi gariem mēģinājumiem aprakstīt un psiholoģiski/filozofiski izanalizēt Justīnes personību. Tā arī nespēju viņu ne ieraudzīt ne saprast. Ar citiem tēliem veicās drusku labāk, tomēr visveiksmīgākā ir sanākusi pilsēta. Vispār romāns par dažu cilvēku toksisku apsēstību eksotiskā pilsētā. Nākamais romāns ciklā sola Baltazara filozofisko skatījumu uz šo mīlasstāstu. Šaubos, vai tam man piet [...]

    19. "Justine" is not an easy book by any standard --the language is often baroque, the underlying ideas complex and challenging -- but it is one of those rare, brilliant novels that creates an entire self-contained universe. The lost world of multinational, pluralistic pre-war Alexandria, Egypt comes to life in all of its mysterious romance. Durrell has a particular talent for crafting memorable minor characters: Mnemjian, the kyphotic barber; Capodistria, the one-eyed lecher, Clea, a celibate lesbi [...]

    20. هو الكتاب الاول من الرباعية ل لورانس داريلالكاتب بيتميز بالشعر و الوصف العذب للمدينة و الأحاطة بكافة جوابن العادات و الطرق و الأعمال ومواعيدها و اشكال الحياة فيهارسم رايع للشخصيات تشري للشخصيات و فلسفة قويةالعمل يبدو كلحث فى الخب المعاصريعيبةقلة الاحداث فى بداية العململ ث [...]

    21. This will be a pleasing read for those who enjoy language more than plot. The writing is luscious and strange, the subject matter slightly decadent. It reminded me of A Rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans, and sure enough, somewhere near the end a character is reading A Rebours. The unnamed narrator, a writer and teacher, is living in Alexandria, Egypt prior to World War II. He has affairs with a woman named Melissa and a married woman named Justine, and friendships with a homosexual, Balthazar, Just [...]

    22. I absolutely adored this book. At the start I had to adjust to the flourish of the language used but once I started, I felt sucked into it with an amazing force by the beauty of the words. The setting is very romantic, Egypt in the 1930's and the central character, although a teacher by profession, is part of a social circle of wealthy and creative individuals whose lives are intertwined. They seem to have all the time in the world to spend with each other contemplating life, love and creativity [...]

    23. Kitapla ilgili ne yazacağımı gerçekten bilemiyorum; çünkü sevdim mi sevmedim mi ondan bile emin değilim henüz. Sanırım ne hissettiğimi tam olarak anlayabilmem için üzerinden biraz zaman geçmesi gerekecek. Bu zaman geçene kadar da İskenderiye Dörtlüsü'ne devam edemeyeceğim gibi görünüyor

    24. This book is one beautiful, superbly crafted sentence, after another, after another. They read like aphorisms, beatitudes, making the reader pause to absorb each one, to weigh it for truth.To-wit:-- The lover mirrors himself like Narcissus in his own family; there is no exit from the predicament.-- We use each other like axes to cut down the ones we really love.-- We have been told so often that history is indifferent, but we always take its parsimony or plenty as somehow planned; we never reall [...]

    25. “We are all hunting for rational reasons for believing in the absurd” (voice of Balthazar) p 92I kept going back and forth on this one At times, the over-inflated language actually worked and it was able to touch on something profound and/or beautiful. But more often, the language was a hindrance. It was too much, too whipped up, too humorlessly serious and gaudy, that it was hard to take it seriously especially when he is just talking about something trivial. it would've been better if the [...]

    26. I first read Justine when I was in high school. I read it for the sex. I don't think I got much else from it except that it was a tragic love story set in the fascinating city of Alexandria, Egypt. Rereading it was a revelation. Durrell's writing is exquisite though in another way so desultory that I could only read about thirty pages before falling into a deep sleep, no matter the time of day. But the characters! Justine herself is a deeply troubled woman who refuses to respond to psychoanalysi [...]

    27. Two couples: Justine and Nessim, Melissa and Balthazar. Then the narrator. The male narrator had an affair both with Justine and Melissa although he is a friend to Nessim and an acquaintance to Balthazar. Melissa fell in love with Nessim and told him that his wife, Justine was no longer faithful to him. Justine was raped and disappeared. His rapist was found dead. Towards the end of the story, Clea, an lesbian writer wrote to the narrator that Justine re-appeared in the hospital Clea was working [...]

    28. قصة أخيرةوداع المدينة تعرية للذات/تصنيع الذكرى10-30/6/2003لم أنتبه إلا الآن إلى أنه قد مرت عشر سنوات على لقائى الثالث والأكثر حميمية بالمدينة. كان لقائى الأول سريعا وعابرا فى رحلة مدرسية نظمتها جماعة الإخوان المسلمين التى كنت أنتمى إليها فى ذلك الحين لم نزر خلالها إلا معالم قليل [...]

    29. Due to my anal retentiveness and insistence on finishing most everything I start, I’m sometimes not as ambitious when it comes to picking up really big books. “Justine” isn’t itself that large, but it is just the first volume in a 1,000-page tetralogy. And it’s spectacular.It reads as an odd mélange of “A Sheltering Sky” mixed with the strongly internal character development of writers like Woolf and Proust. As in “A Sheltering Sky,” the most important character isn’t a pers [...]

    30. The writing could be very poetic at times, but overall this book was just not to my taste. A bit too much musing and philosophizing by the narrator for me, and I didn't connect with the characters so in the end I didn't care one way or the other what happened to each of them. I don't see myself continuing on with the remaining three books in this series.

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