Books: Eros in Alexandria

JUSTINE (253 pp.)—Lawrence Durrell —Dutton ($3.50).

This extraordinary novel is a sensuous and beautifully written hymn to the "postcoital sadness" of mankind. The heroine, Justine, a slum-born Jewess of great beauty, marries Nessim, a Coptic millionaire, who suffers her infidelities in silence. Nearly every male in the book and at least one female have a try at "awakening" Justine, but she is the sort of woman "who makes her body accessible to one and yet who is incapable of delivering her true self—because she does not know where to find it."

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