In Justine, the first book in the Alexandria Quartet we zero in on Justine, a mysterious and alluring nymphomaniac with dubious origin. To give her character body, Durrell uses the technique of letting the story teller find a book written by her former husband, Arnauti, on their marriage and the causes for its demise. Interesting technique. 

I like the following paragraph which is describing Balthazar, the protaganist of the second book.

I see now that he was one of those rare people who had found a philosophy for himself and whose life was occupied in trying to live it. I think this is the unanalysed quality which gives his talk cutting-edge.

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