Clea (unabridged)

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Lawrence Durrell


Read by Nicholas Boulton


‘I knew that Clea would share everything with me, withholding nothing – not even the look of complicity which women reserve only for their mirrors.’ In Clea, the concluding part of The Alexandria Quartet, Darley returns to Alexandria now caught by war-fever. The conflagration has its effect on his circle – on Nessim and Justine, Balthazar and Clea, Mountolive and Pombal – and a clarity of purpose emerges as the story moves towards its cadence.

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  • Running Time: 10 h 07 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-389-8
    Cat. no.:NA0525
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Andrew Riches
    Text:© 1960 Lawrence Durrell. Copyright renewed © 1988 by Lawrence Durrell
    Released:August 21
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With this audiobook, narrator Nicholas Boulton completes Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet. His thrilling new performance isn’t merely respectful of this classic work; these characters come to life, as does the environment of WWII-era Alexandria, ‘the capital of memory’. Darley, a key figure throughout the series, ruminates on time, sex and literature as he and Clea continue their relationship. While the first three titles focus on several perspectives of the same characters, this audiobook focuses on the passage of time. Characters ruminate on the loss of youthful beauty, age and mortality. Listeners may find themselves adrift if they start here. Regardless, Boulton finds the humour, pathos and tragedy in these characters in a performance that feels effortless.

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