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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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. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Durrell has a unique gift for the pearly sentence floating in a deep sea of philosophic melodrama. While Cryptonomicon fans might be interested in this in itself, it is not particularly important to the story exactly what his inventions are, though the snatches of speech he records are used as an element of the novel’s text.

Betsy rated it it was ok May 14, For here we are not staying in the relatively accessible territory of The Alexandria QuartetDurrell’s best lawernce collection of novels.

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While it didn’t match Durrell’s high points in Balthazar, it’s still rather nice. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. May 03, Dementropy rated it really liked it. Durrell died in France in Books by Lawrence Durrell.

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Anna Shpinyova rated it liked it Jul 24, The Faustian theme is more apparent in the other characters: Christine Mcintyre rated it liked it Dec 03, Indeed, the first seventy pages or so of Tunc are extremely difficult to read and through their concentration on words as words rather than as constituent parts of a narrative serves as a reminder that their author first made his literary name as a poet.


I read this about five years ago, and gave it another shot – with a more grounded mind. Judith ; written — Indee Originally published on my blog here in December Jun 04, David rated it liked it Shelves: Several contemporary critics [ citation needed ] dismissed Durrell’s works at the time, but current [ when?

tync Feb 10, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Dan rated it it was ok Jan 16, Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism. Accept Reject Read More. After some wandering around at the beginning, the story got on track and a mystery began about the protagonist’s employer and wife.

Dec 01, Persephone Abbott rated it did not like it. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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.


Matt Gibault rated it it was ok Lzwrence 05, 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 prosaic background is reflected in the less poetic writing. This a very unusual book but I’m glad that I purchased it.

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. Rita rated it really liked it May 01, Yet he longs to be free of the psychological and scientific toll the mysterious firm larwence.


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In the first volume, Merlin, a burgeoning multinational corporation, co-opts the protagonist, Felix Charlock, into constructing a super-Computer, which can predict the future and which drives him to madness. Luca Brunoni rated it really liked it Apr 15, 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! The protagonist, Felix Charlock, finds himself increasingly tied to the multinational corporation Merlins, which is most often simply called The Firm.

That is what makes our reasoning minds so unsatisfactory; and yet, they are all we’ve got, this shabby piece of equipment’. 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. His talents are really poetic: Return to Book Page.

Lawrence Durrell: Tunc

DES rated it liked it Aug 10, 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. Other books in the series.

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