It is worth mentioning that at the time this book would never have been published in England as it would have been considered obscene. I really would like to hear what other readers think of this book.
Due to Miller, it was published in Paris in 1938 and at the time was considered to be on a par with D. I personally feel that his style at the time he wrote the "Black Book" was not on a par with "The Alexandria Quartet".
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I had always believed that this was his first book to be published, but he also had two others published: "Pied Piper of Lovers" and "Panic Spring". Knowing Lawrence Durrell's exquisite style of writing both in his novels and travel books, I could see why he had reservations about this book and even about throwing it away.
However thanks to his friend Henry Miller (good or bad in this case for an author's reputation? I am pleased to see that it still sees the light of day in both the bookstores and online.
To quote the blurb it is " 'A kind of angry young man's attack on literature and 'the English death','a savage battle conducted in the interests of self-discovery, an ocean of sustained writing', it has always been regarded by him ...
as the first of his major novels.' "I'm not so sure that I agree with that.
Written with the exuberant zeal of a 24-year-old Boy Genius taking perverse pleasure in satirising the “English death” (sexual repression and bourgeois stuffiness) from his residence in Corfu, Durrell’s allusive, nigh-on-apocalyptic rant-cum-ramble is a knotty (and naughty) string of surreal images, dark and erudite musings on death and decay, clotted at times with too many classical references, and long passages of meandering lyrical weirdness whose meaning is never (if ever) certain, rarely erotic and no longer shocking to the modern reader but redeemed by the astonishing calibre of the sentences for such a young writer.
The title is apt for such a black tale of deadbeat intellectuals writhing in the squalor of the grim and pleasureless nightmare of 1930s England.
Djilobodji arrived from Nantes on transfer deadline day for a more modest fee of £2.7m.
Mourinho said today about the signing of the 26-year-old: "It was not my choice.
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