Through the Dark Labyrinth by Gordon Bowker
A Biography of Lawrence Durrell

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Born in India, schooled under Mount Everest, Durrell spent his most productive years in Greece and around the Mediterranean. He was an accomplished poet, and his lyrical books about Mediterranean islands are among the best of their kind. In wartime Egypt he conceived The Alexandria Quartet, which brought fame with its "exploration of modern love" and experimental form. His last great novel cycle, The Avignon Quintet, has intrigued with its formal complexity and compelling mystery - the story of his generation through peace and war. Married four times, he lost two daughters (one through separation; the other through suicide) and his most blissful marriage ended in his wife's sudden death. Searching for wholeness after the shattering loneliness of his childhood, he rejected Christianity in favor of Western mysticism and Eastern religions. These things mark his work, showing a dark side to the effervescent wit evident in his writing.
 

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Gordon Bowker has written highly acclaimed biographies of Malcolm Lowry ("Pursued by Furies," a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year) and Lawrence Durrell ("Through the Dark Labyrinth"), and articles and reviews for the "London Magazine," the "Observer," the "Sunday Times," "The New York Times" and the" Times Literary Supplement,"
 
Published October 28, 2014 by Endeavour Press. 496 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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 As with his equally masterful biography of Malcolm Lowry (Pursued by Furies, 1995), Bowker here does signal service in reviving a once great literary reputation.

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Try to write a biography of a writer whose power over language was daunting without being able to quote from his works--published or unpublished-- except occasionally and briefly for purposes of

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Try to write a biography of a writer whose power over language was daunting without being able to quote from his works--published or unpublished-- except occasionally and briefly for purposes of

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Claude died on 1 January 1967 of pulmonary cancer, and after this Durrell would begin composing a death map recording all those who had left him behind.

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