History Literature / AlexandriaQuartet

2nd Dec '14 3:41:23 PM foxley
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* WhipItGood: Narouz carries a bullwhip, demonstrates his effectiveness with it to those he wishes to intimidate, and uses it to kill in ''Mountolive''.
5th Feb '13 1:32:32 PM Jhimmibhob
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* EveryoneIsBi: Or mighty close to everyone--Justine, Clea, Scobie, ''ad nauseam''.

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* EveryoneIsBi: Or mighty close to everyone--Justine, at least a suspicious number of main characters--Justine, Clea, Scobie, ''ad nauseam''.



* HookHand: Afgter her diving accident, Clea acquires a prosthetic contraption to let her paint.

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* HookHand: Afgter After her diving accident, Clea acquires a prosthetic contraption to let her paint.



* JustBeforeTheEnd: For the Europeans, Copts, and Jews that comprise the novels' cast, postwar Egypt is on the verge of becoming (respectively) an less hospitable, increasingly repressive, or deadly place to reside.

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* JustBeforeTheEnd: For the Europeans, Copts, and Jews that comprise the novels' cast, postwar Egypt is on the verge of becoming (respectively) an less hospitable, increasingly various degrees of inhospitable, repressive, or deadly place to reside.even deadly.
23rd Jan '13 12:39:12 PM Jhimmibhob
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* JustBeforeTheEnd: For the Europeans, Copts, and Jews that comprise the novels' cast, postwar Egypt is on the verge of becoming (respectively) an less hospitable, increasingly repressive, or deadly place to reside.
18th Jan '13 9:23:41 AM Jhimmibhob
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* MissingEpisode/Literature: Darley realizes that Pursewarden's posthumous memoirs are not merely genius, but a potential classic of Western literature. In deference to the author's wishes ([[BrotherSisterIncest and the papers' scandalous revelations]]), he burns them.

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* MissingEpisode/Literature: MissingEpisode: Darley realizes that Pursewarden's posthumous memoirs are not merely genius, but a potential classic of Western literature. In deference to the author's wishes ([[BrotherSisterIncest and the papers' scandalous revelations]]), he burns them.



* TrueArtIsAngsty: This is how we know that Clea is a talented painter.
18th Jan '13 9:23:04 AM Jhimmibhob
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* [[MissingEpisode/Literature Missing Episode]]: Darley realizes that Pursewarden's posthumous memoirs are not merely genius, but a potential classic of Western literature. In deference to the author's wishes ([[BrotherSisterIncest and the papers' scandalous revelations]]), he burns them.

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* [[MissingEpisode/Literature Missing Episode]]: MissingEpisode/Literature: Darley realizes that Pursewarden's posthumous memoirs are not merely genius, but a potential classic of Western literature. In deference to the author's wishes ([[BrotherSisterIncest and the papers' scandalous revelations]]), he burns them.
18th Jan '13 9:22:41 AM Jhimmibhob
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* AnythingThatMoves: The polymorphously lecherous Capodistria.



* ForTheEvulz: The polymorphously lecherous Capodistria.



* InsufferableGenius: The brilliant, prolific, punchable Pursewarden.
* [[MissingEpisode/Literature Missing Episode]]: Darley realizes that Pursewarden's posthumous memoirs are not merely genius, but a potential classic of Western literature. In deference to the author's wishes ([[BrotherSisterIncest and the papers' scandalous revelations]]), he burns them.



* SexualExtortion: In the end, Justine consents to becoming the mistress of the abominable Memlek.
* SituationalSexuality: In the fourth novel, Clea conveniently decides that she's attracted to men--or at least to Darley the narrator.



* UnreliableNarrator: Darley, especially, .

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* TrueArtIsAngsty: This is how we know that Clea is a talented painter.
* UnreliableNarrator: Darley, especially, .especially, but no major character's viewpoint can be taken at face value.
18th Jan '13 8:44:57 AM Jhimmibhob
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* DragQueen: The old, grotesque ex-sailor Scobie.


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* FriendlyEnemies: Scobie is well-liked ([[spoiler:and wholeheartedly mourned]]) by the Alexandria vice squad, whose job it is to arrest him with regularity.
18th Jan '13 8:21:04 AM Jhimmibhob
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* {{Gayngst}}: The fragile Balthazar, who goes on a months-long bender after being dumped by a young actor.
10th Jan '13 1:47:42 PM Jhimmibhob
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* ''Balthasar'' (1958)

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* ''Balthasar'' ''Balthazar'' (1958)



The four novels deal with the same cast of characters and mostly with the same events, but are told from different angles. ''Balthasar'' is a virtual retelling of ''Justine'', from the perspective of the later novel's title character; ''Mountolive'' is the story of a minor character from the first two novels that interacts unexpectedly with the previous story; ''Clea'' takes place several years later, but offers startling new information about the motivations and secrets of characters seen previously.

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The four novels deal with the same cast of characters and mostly with the same events, but are told from different angles. ''Balthasar'' ''Balthazar'' is a virtual retelling of ''Justine'', from the perspective of the later novel's title character; ''Mountolive'' is the story of a minor character from the first two novels that interacts unexpectedly with the previous story; ''Clea'' takes place several years later, but offers startling new information about the motivations and secrets of characters seen previously.



* AnArmAndALeg: Nessim loses an eye and a hand during a Nazi bombing raid on Alexandria; Clea loses most of her painting hand after getting it (literally) harpooned underwater.



* CompellingVoice: Narouz, whose spellbinding oratory makes him an increasing threat to himself, his family, and the English colonial office.
* CoveredWithScars: Nessim and Narouz's mother Leila, due to smallpox--and to the shock of her old lover Mountolive.



* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Darley, Balthasar, and Clea.

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* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Darley, Balthasar, Balthazar, and Clea.



* HookHand: Afgter her diving accident, Clea acquires a prosthetic contraption to let her paint.
* IllGirl: Darley's dying mistress Melissa.
* MissingMom: Darley raises Melissa's child after her death.



* NonIdleRich: Nessim and Narouz.



* RashomonStyle: ''Balthasar'' (in its perspective on ''Justine'') and several of the reminiscences in ''Clea''.

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* RashomonStyle: ''Balthasar'' ''Balthazar'' (in its perspective on ''Justine'') and several of the reminiscences in ''Clea''.''Clea''.
* SpeechImpediment: Narouz is harelipped, which makes his oratorical and crowd-influencing gifts all the more surprising.
8th Jan '13 11:03:22 AM Jhimmibhob
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* TheMuse: The real-life Greek-Alexandrian poet Constantine Cavafy is treated as a kind of tutelary spirit inspiring the characters and city.
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