The Alexandria Quartet is a series of four interconnected books set in Alexandria, Egypt in the 1930s and 40s. These books are a work of art as far as atmosphere, imagery, philosophy, character and voice are concerned. But they’re not easy to read, and at times I had no idea in which direction the story was going. Looking at reviews left for the series, it’s quite obvious that most readers either love or hate these books (much more love than hate), which makes sense, because I both loved and hated them .
The prose is incredibly gorgeous and well crafted, but, for me, the plot left me spinning my wheels. I’m used to mystery, psychological horror, suspense, and this quartet is more growing pains, slice of life, romance. I kept expecting . . . more, yet after finishing the last book, I felt strangely satisfied. A very odd reading experience, not for the faint of heart, but for the sake of craft, I highly recommend giving it a try!