1958: The Alexandria Quartet: Mountolive to The Birthday Party.
Purpose of this blog: Brief summaries of World, British and American literary classics for English majors.
Lawrence Durrell. British. 1958. Novel. The Alexandria Quartet: Mountolive. British diplomat in love with Nessim’s mother, obliged to discover who is gun running.
Lawrence Durrell. British. 1958. Novel. The Alexandria Quartet: Balthazar. Balthazar says that Justine is in love with the author, Pursewarden. Her marriage to Nessim is a cover for gunrunning.
John Kenneth Galbraith. American. 1958. Nonfiction. The Affluent Society. Quality of life would improve if spending power shifted from private to the public sector.
Iris Murdoch. British/Irish. 1958. Novel. The Bell. Religious community. Complex needs, self-deceptions bind each member to the group. Bell = ideals.
Harold Pinter. British. 1958. Play. The Birthday Party. Sinister men intimidate Stanley, but they too are intimidated by the fear, uncertainty they have imposed on Stanley.