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Tunc [Paperback]

Lawrence Durrell
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'The Firm' on Freud and Steroids June 12 2003
Format:Paperback
Our hero: a genius inventor living in Athens with a prostitute destined to murder her brother and become an international film star. His nemesis: Julian, suave & shadowy head of a huge multinational firm out for global domination ... and our hero's soul! His lover: Benedicta, Merlin Industries' fabulously wealthy heiress. Raised in a Turkish seraglio, she spends her days falconing in the hills above Istanbul ...
Improbable? You bet! Half the fun of this book is the B-movie TechniColor melodrama that Durrell lays on with trowel in hand and tongue almost certainly in cheek. What saves this from being a Grisham-style potboiler (fun in its own way) is the suspicion that Durrell doesn't believe in the plot any more than you do: the whole show's just a vehicle for his ideas. The shifting combination of doubles that each character pairs with in the story's weird geometry hints at the concept that everyone in the novel might just be an aspect of the same binary consciousness. The narrative style too--which loops and reloops languidly from past to present, then swoops in a flash to a climax, like one of Benedicta's falcons--tips you off that the workings of memory and the subjective sense of time it brings to our fragile notion of reality are as much a concern to Durrell as any of the events that unfold in his exotic & highly artificial world.
By today's standards, Durrell's prose is more than a little purple; that his women are basically walking dummies and his Orient the perverse, decadent hothouse of the British imperialist also marks "Tunc" as the relic of another era. But if you liked the "Alexandria Quartet" and want to recapture some of the magic, this book should fill a few pleasant afternoons.
P.S. "Tunc" forms a pair with "Nunquam"--both part of Durrell's "Revolt of Aphrodite" series--and each makes more sense if you read it in conjunction with the other.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'The Firm' on Freud and Steroids June 12 2003
By Arch Llewellyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Our hero: a genius inventor living in Athens with a prostitute destined to murder her brother and become an international film star. His nemesis: Julian, suave & shadowy head of a huge multinational firm out for global domination ... and our hero's soul! His lover: Benedicta, Merlin Industries' fabulously wealthy heiress. Raised in a Turkish seraglio, she spends her days falconing in the hills above Istanbul ...
Improbable? You bet! Half the fun of this book is the B-movie TechniColor melodrama that Durrell lays on with trowel in hand and tongue almost certainly in cheek. What saves this from being a Grisham-style potboiler (fun in its own way) is the suspicion that Durrell doesn't believe in the plot any more than you do: the whole show's just a vehicle for his ideas. The shifting combination of doubles that each character pairs with in the story's weird geometry hints at the concept that everyone in the novel might just be an aspect of the same binary consciousness. The narrative style too--which loops and reloops languidly from past to present, then swoops in a flash to a climax, like one of Benedicta's falcons--tips you off that the workings of memory and the subjective sense of time it brings to our fragile notion of reality are as much a concern to Durrell as any of the events that unfold in his exotic & highly artificial world.
By today's standards, Durrell's prose is more than a little purple; that his women are basically walking dummies and his Orient the perverse, decadent hothouse of the British imperialist also marks "Tunc" as the relic of another era. But if you liked the "Alexandria Quartet" and want to recapture some of the magic, this book should fill a few pleasant afternoons.
P.S. "Tunc" forms a pair with "Nunquam"--both part of Durrell's "Revolt of Aphrodite" series--and each makes more sense if you read it in conjunction with the other.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Durrell June 11 2001
By Adella L. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In a similar manner that The Alexandrian Quartet concentrates on the responsibility and the struggle of the individual artist, Tunc (meaning next in Latin) represents the scientist. Told in typical flashes of memory, the story describes the induction of a gifted scientist, Felix, into Merlin, the mysterious and very powerful firm that everybody seems to be a part of. He soon finds himself married to the ill Merlin heiress, Benedicta, and recipient of limitless wealth. As Benedicta becomes more and more tempestuous and suffers more and more psychological damage, Felix feels a new yearning for his scientific freedom. Something, whether it be the never seen chairman of Merlin, Julian, or the firm itself is always a step ahead of him. Told with the same linguistic perfection of Durrell's other novels, Tunc gracefully unfolds itself into the reader's comprehension. Nothing is revealed before it ought to be and the reader is kept with just enough information to follow the story, but no more. It is definatly worth reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy scanning and no editorial checking. July 26 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an important work by a major author; it should be accorded some scrupulous error-checking by a quality control editor.

I was initially delighted to find Durrell's books - all of which I have previously read - available in Kindle format. I have read both volumes of The Revolt of Aphrodite, Bitter Lemons, and am now reading The Alexandria Quartet. I'm disgusted by the sloppiness of the editions.

This is just one publisher of "Kindle" versions of books that are so shabbily scanned that the errors interrupt the reading flow. In most cases one can see how machine scanning could cause the error; what's not acceptable is that no editor has gone through the product with a fine-tooth comb before putting it out there.

Open Road Integrated Media is the publisher of this one. One of the main characters, Benedicta, is half the time rendered as Benedicts. Words breaks with a gap are left in mid sentence. Other errors abound, which even a summer intern could have found and fixed.

Shape up, Amazon. Get some checkers of your own before you put things out for distribution.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a review of the e-book publisher May 31 2014
By william morrissey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I agree, they are doing just an awful job on the Durrell books. Do they hate him? And Amazon does need to watch for faulty e-books before offering them for sale. I bought the Quintet and it had no index to the 5 books so if you wanted to get to book 5 you had to go page by page until you got there. They (Open Road) promised to fix this but they have not. I for one am getting really sick of buying extremely faulty e-books from Amazon. Is the point to utterly destroy lit.?
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