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* AuthorAvatar: Darley, the narrator of ''Justine'' is a thinly disguised stand-in for Lawrence Durrell--they even share the initials L.G.D.

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* AuthorAvatar: Darley, the narrator of ''Justine'' ''Justine'', is a thinly disguised stand-in for Lawrence Durrell--they even share the initials L.G.D.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Melissa, technically a dancer but in practice a prostitute.


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* MindScrewDriver: Each book for the previous one, with ''Clea'' being the most revealing.


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** Justine is something of one as well--a previous lover wrote a novel, ''Moeurs'' about a thinly-veiled version of her.

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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''.


* 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.

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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.


* 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.


* [[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.


* 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.

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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.

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* {{Gayngst}}: The fragile Balthazar, who goes on a months-long bender after being dumped by a young actor.


* ''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.

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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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'''''The Alexandria Quartet''''' is a tetralogy of novels by the British author Lawrence Durrell. Set in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, it explores the misadventures of various European expatriates and natives in the years around World War II. It consists of the following books:

* ''Justine'' (1957)
* ''Balthasar'' (1958)
* ''Mountolive'' (1958)
* ''Clea'' (1960)

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 ''Alexandria Quartet'' contains examples of:
* AllFirstPersonNarratorsWriteLikeNovelists: It doesn't matter which character is doing so at the moment.
* AnythingThatMoves: The polymorphously lecherous Capodistria.
* AuthorAvatar: Darley, the narrator of ''Justine'' is a thinly disguised stand-in for Lawrence Durrell--they even share the initials L.G.D.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The moneyed Hosnani clan.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Turns out to apply to [[spoiler:Pursewarden and his blind sister Liza]].
* CityOfSpies: Virtually everyone, to some degree, is either a player, antagonist, or pawn in the machinations of the British Foreign Office.
* DelayedNarratorIntroduction: Although ''Justine's'' narrator Darley depicts himself as a character from the outset, we do not learn his name until the later novels.
* EuropeansAreKinky: And even more so when they're expats. If one took the novels' depiction seriously, the city slogan should have been "Alexandria: When Being Eurotrash Just Isn't Trashy Enough."
* EveryoneIsBi: Or mighty close to everyone--Justine, Clea, Scobie, ''ad nauseam''.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Darley, Balthasar, and Clea.
* TheHedonist: This applies to virtually all the major characters.
* PerspectiveFlip: The engine that drives the series.
* RashomonStyle: ''Balthasar'' (in its perspective on ''Justine'') and several of the reminiscences in ''Clea''.
* SwitchingPOV: Both between and within the novels.
* UnreliableNarrator: Darley, especially, .
* WarWasBeginning: The first three novels are set during the prelude to WWII.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Scobie's secret is largely played for sympathetic laughs.

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