nce again, in what he calls a “sibling” to his first-rate novel, “Justine,” and is the second volume of a promised tetralogy, Lawrence Durrell writes of modern. The deeply affecting second novel of the Alexandria Quartet, which boldly questions perception and the nature of contemporary loveIn Alexandria, Egypt, in the. The narrator’s gaze is fixed upon the past once again and so in this novel Durrell sets out to create the story over, divulging new information that.

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Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet #2) by Lawrence Durrell

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. As much as I want to read what Clea has to say it seems so appropriate that she has the last word. Sep 06, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: Stay in Touch Sign up. This section is given over to reminiscences of Clea in which Balthazar reveals to Darley that while he had short-sightedly been caught up in his intrigue with Justine, and finding solace from its emotional fall-out in the arms of Melissa — the person who “really loved” him was Clea.

Not that it’s ever taken much for me to do so… All said and done, I have to admit, Balthazar is not a ‘new’ book; there is no, ‘What happens next…’ in the story. But then, from another point of view, how would I, blindly and passionately in love with Justine, have received such unwelcome truths at the time? About Balthasar The dazzling second volume of The Alexandria Quartet —an enthralling and deeply disturbing work of gorgeous surfaces and endless deceptions.

I would have to be a far better writer than I am to do justice to a work like this, and it seems distinctly odd to be writing only the second review of this classic for Amazon.

From the throat of a narrow alley, spilled like a widening circle of fire upon the darkness, burst a long tilting gallery of human beings headed by the leaping acrobats and dwarfs of Alexandria, and followed at a dancing measure by the long grotesque cavalcade of gonfalons, rising and falling in a tide of mystical light, treading the peristaltic measure of the wild music—nibbled out everywhere by the tattling flutes and the pang of drums or the long shivering orgasm of tembourines struck by the dervishes in their habits as they moved towards the site of the festival.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The explanation given for a quartet of novels the first three of which cover the same events from different perspectives is that t Originally published on my blog here in June The dazzling second volume of The Alexandria Quartet —an enthralling and deeply disturbing work of gorgeous surfaces and endless deceptions.

Looking for More Great Reads? Truthfully, the novels at times challenged my ability to assimilate the philosophy advanced by the characters, and this from someone who enjoys Umberto Eco and Saramaga. The language pulls me page after page.

In some ways, now that I’m accustomed to Durrell’s style, I enjoy it more. This site uses cookies. I added phthisic, pegamoid, adventive, calcimined, tarbush, baltyazar, and couloir to my vocabulary list.

But of course, the truth is that nobody ever does breathe a word, nobody interferes, nobody whispers while the acrobat is on the tight-rope; they just sit and watch the spectacle, waiting only to be wise after the event. Published February 19th by Udrrell first published Views Read Edit View history. You could perhaps describe this book as a story about character, not plot, but that would be deceptive: His characters are colorful and deep, but their depths are not eurrell at a glance any more than with real people.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Nonetheless, it is essential to read Justine first; the greater clarity and expansiveness of Balthazar is possible only because the reader already From Another Angle Balthazarthe second novel in Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartetis a less daunting proposition than its predecessor, Justine. Thus every interpretation of reality is based upon durrell unique position. And there is still the rich color and cadence of Durrell’s descriptive dyrrell, a little overdone perhaps, but full of surprising word-choices and sharp observations, especially when capturing sounds: What emerges in his sessions with the psychiatrist Balthazar, however, is something far more complex—and unfathomably more sinister—than neurosis.

Nearly everyone is hiding something and it’s the few open and honest ones in the story who seem to get hurt the most; which is probably why Justine seemed so sensitive as it was written by the most vulnerable character.

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The Great Interlinear Like “Justine”, this novel is a composite of diverse fictional contributions. Pursewarden, the novelist who has been reading Einstein 1 “In the Space and Time marriage we have the greatest Boy meets Girl story of the age! View all 3 comments. Durrll Alexandria itself hovers just in the background, providing an ambiance that is various, decadent, polymorphous, and strange.

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For every aspect of the plot, there is a counter-plot. His first novel, Pied Piper of Lovers, was published inbut was considered a failure. It must fall very short of truth He puts thousands of dots of color on the canvas until you begin to see a picture in depth. Durrelp, observation of the self by the other contributes to durrell substance the self is capable of. Tunc Nunquam The events of each lush and sensuous novel are seen through the eyes of the central character L. We increasingly encounter multiple, incrementally-changing perspectives in the constant search for truth: Monsieur Livia Constance Sebastian Quinx At the centre of this movement is Balthazar who is described as a “homosexual goat”by Durrell.

The truest form of right attention is of course love. But it is only an illusion. He looked archly at me round his pipe and suddenly cheered up. Its very nature and purpose is to tweek “Justine”.

He seems to exist only halthazar meet up with Justine at various places where he can have sex with her. Also it is a book for writers and for artists of all stripes, as many of its characters are aspiring, successful, or failed artists. If anything, though, it seems at this stage as if truth is a matter of perception, and there are multiple perceptions.

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I found myself wondering at Durrell’s imagination as he created so many surprising similes and metaphors. Would they have deflected me from my purpose? But, as Durrell asserts, time is relative and there is no going back.

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