Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays: Clea

This week my teaser lines come from Clea, the final novel in Lawrence Durrell's series of novels known collectively as the Alexandria Quartet.  I read the first three books -- Justine, Balthazar, and Mountolive -- many years ago, and don't know why I've waited so long to get to this one.  I guess I was waiting for the Middle East Reading Challenge to come along and give me the necessary nudge.  This snippet comes very early in the novel -- I'm reading an electronic version, so I'm not sure about page numbers.
A faint and terrible moaning came out  across the water towards us, pulsing like the wing-beats of some fearful prehistoric bird -- sirens which howled as the damned must howl in limbo. One's nerves were shaken like the branches of a tree.
Durrell is a wonderful writer and I'm enjoying the book so far.  It's not exactly heavy on plot or action, though -- but some really gorgeous prose.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

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  1. I really do need some action in books. But excellent descriptive work can also be appreciated!

    Here's my teaser: Dan Brown Portal

  2. It is beautiful prose....and I haven't read any of these books, but now I'm intrigued.


  3. Great teaser, so descriptive and eloquently written.

  4. A great teaser!


  5. Interesting teaser, it does make one wonder what is going on. Thanks for visiting!

  6. I bought an old and battered box set of the four books at a library sale, meaning to read more than just Justine. They are on my list to be read. The writing is so good, yes.


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