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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Feb 25, Lynne King rated it really liked it. It is well worth making the effort to read the earlier sections, set in Athens and Istanbul; once the action moves to London, the more lawrene background is reflected in the less poetic writing.

Very well written, and durdell atmosphere created a cross between a sci-fi, James Bond thriller, and an Italian surrealist film from the s. There was a problem adding your email address. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Justine Balthazar Mountolive Clea Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. 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.

Michael Robert Dudley James rated it really liked it Nov 18, By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Originally published on my blog here in December Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Tunc Nunquam Lina rated it liked it Mar 09, Critical responses to the work has varied.

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

Dutrell maybe I’ll revise my opinion of this book after I finish the next. Goran Remborg rated it liked it Nov 23, Dogra rated it liked it Apr 21, Rita rated it durrelll liked it May 01, Dan rated it it oawrence ok Jan 16, He is betrothed to the erratic Merlin heiress, Benedicta, and given access to a 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.


Your email address will not be published. Sep 18, Andrew added it Shelves: 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”.

Then again, that could have been my own mind bringing too much to the table. 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.

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.

He is betrothed to the erratic Merlin heiress, Benedicta, and given access to an inexhaustible fortune. That reading through tears is a bitter sweet experience. 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.

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The Avignon Quintetwhich is even eurrell similar, was written later, as was The Magus. Then the ending fell flat and didn’t connect with the beginning. Anna Shpinyova rated it liked it Jul 24, 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 et alwhere even the “suspense” sections are somehow still quite floaty.


Thanks for telling us about lawence problem. Durrell has a unique gift for the pearly sentence floating in a deep sea of philosophic melodrama. That is what makes our reasoning minds so unsatisfactory; and yet, they are all we’ve got, this shabby piece of equipment’. 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.

In the second half of the work, NunquamIolanthe is resurrected as a robot, which ultimately destroys itself along with the director of the Firm, Julian. Paperbackpages. The Revolt of Aphrodite 1. Retrieved from ” https: What is important is that he attracts the interest of the mysterious Merlin corporation, and falls for the daughter of one of its senior executives.

The Alexandria Quartet is durrelp masterpiece of atmospheric moods and mysterious resolutions, where the ill-defined characters, hybrids out of Proust and Maugham, become durrelp through the sheer incantatory appeal of Durrell’s style.

Lawrence Durrell: Tunc

Several tubc critics [ citation needed ] dismissed Durrell’s works at the time, but current [ when? Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The inscrutable Merlin is always one step ahead, and twists and turns ensue in this tale of sexual and moral intrigue that leaves Felix’s future–and his sanity–on uncertain ground.