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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. As the controlling consciousness he neither enlivens nor adds allegorical weight.

Dreamer rated it did not like it Nov 23, 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. 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.

This fact is one which either you know or which you find laweence when you read the second, an action which generally makes Tunc rather clearer. Next Post Next Laos and Cambodia. 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.

Be the first to discover new talent! 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 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 There was a hunc adding your email address.

Lawrence Durrell: Tunc

He is seduced by a mysterious and powerful company, called Merlin, to work for them. The titles of the two novels which together are known as The Revolt of Aphrodite are taken from a Latin quotation familiar in translation – “It was then, or never”. Critical responses to the work has varied. Betsy rated it it was ok May 14, Want to Read saving…. Extremely enjoyable from beginning to end. What is important is lawrende he attracts the interest of the mysterious Merlin corporation, and falls for the daughter of one of its senior executives.


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Durrell has a unique gift for the pearly sentence floating in a deep sea of philosophic melodrama. 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 durdell alwhere even the “suspense” sections are somehow still quite floaty.

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

Accept Reject Read More. Simon rated it liked it Sep 26, The Revolt of Aphrodite consists of two novels by British writer Lawrence Durrellpublished in and Refresh and try again. Then again, that could have been my own mind bringing too much to the table. He marries Benedicta and takes the money and enjoys the luxurious lifestyle but has considerable doubts as to whether the marriage with the enigmatic and often absent Benedicta and the financial rewards are justified.

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. This is the first of a two-part series and tells of a young inventor, Felix Charlock, who invents something that seems like a spy bug but also involves storing data in a computer and analysing it, all with a slight science fiction touch.

Jul 13, Bob Rust rated it it was amazing. We get the usual Durrell flourishes — mysterious expatriates in Eastern Europe, even more mysterious potentates and the innocent abroad story.


This page was last edited on 17 Mayat I mean there seem to be always a dozen perfectly appropriate explanations to every phenomenon. Goran Remborg rated it liked it Nov 23, 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.

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. And any one thing could be the effect of any number of others? Several contemporary critics [ citation needed ] dismissed Durrell’s works at the time, but current [ when?

Dan rated it it was ok Jan 16, Monsieur Livia Constance Sebastian Quinx Other books in the series. The novel ends with the burning of the Firm’s contracts, but no one knows if this will cause any change. 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!

Iolanthe who rises from the red light district to the beautiful emptiness of Hollywood, the mephitic Julian, the degenerate clown Sipple, and the narrator’s Wife, a self-torturing femme fatale and the daughter of the head of Merlin.

The Revolt of Aphrodite 1. 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.

DES rated it liked it Aug 10, If you let it wash over you, it’s worth it. Yet he longs to be free of the psychological and scientific toll the mysterious firm inflicts.