REVIEW: Justine

JUSTINE - Lawrence Durrell

“The time is the eve of the Second World War. The place is Alexandria, an Egyptian city that once housed the world’s greatest library and whose inhabitants are still dedicated to knowledge. But for the obsessed and purblind characters in this mesmerizing first novel of the Alexandria Quartet, the pursuit of knowledge leads to no library, only to the bedrooms in which one seeks to know – and possess – the other.”

*NOTE: Summary lifted from the book.

This book was such a let down. I had hoped it would be a good historical fiction when I got it since it’s been a while since I’ve been able to read one. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.

First of all, the plot was boring. Granted, I didn’t understand much of what was happening most of the time but the short snippets I DID understand was enough to grasp the overall picture. Second, I don’t think it was even ABOUT Justine. More than anything, it came across as a personal diary of some sort rather than an actual STORY about the girl whose name is on the cover of the book. Although, Justine WAS mentioned a couple of times and appears to be a major player in the story. So there’s that, at least. Finally, I felt that there was no closure AT ALL for any of the characters. However, given that it is the first of four novels, I’d wager that the story doesn’t really end until the fourth book. MEH.

BOOKWORM RATING (1/5): bookhearts


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