Book 1 of the Alexandria Quartet
Highly compelling in spite of being the first book of a quartet, which normally spends an inordinately long time setting the scene for the whole series. In this instance the premise of the quartet is to present different protagonists telling overlapping stories, so much of the background will inevitably be repeated in future volumes, making the first one less cumbersome. It is also compelling in spite of Lawrence Durrell's apparent determination to use at least one difficult word on every page! I'm sure this stems from a need for superiority over the reader. I am looking forward to reading the next volume.