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The Dark Labyrinth by Lawrence Durrell

The Dark Labyrinth

by Lawrence Durrell

Title Details

Unabridged Edition
Running Time
9 Hrs. 4 Min.


This captivating novel is set on Crete just after the War, as an odd assortment of English travellers come ashore from a cruise ship to explore the island and in particular to examine a dangerous local labyrinth.

They include an extrovert painter, a spiritualist, a Protestant spinster with a fox terrier, an antiquarian peer and minor poet, a soldier with guilty memories of the Cretan resistance, a pretty convalescent, and an eccentric married couple.

To some extent the book is a roman clef and Durrell's characters talk with great reality about their experiences, themselves, and a certain psychological unease that has led most of them to embark on their journey. The climax is a disastrous visit to the labyrinth, with its reported minotaur.

The novel is a gripping piece of storytelling, full of atmosphere and the vivid first-hand writing, about Mediterranean landscape and people, of which Lawrence Durrell was a master.

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  • Published: July 2013
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T065290
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