Balthazar. Genre: Literary Fiction. Balthazar. By: Lawrence Durrell In Darley’s conversations with Balthazar, a doctor and mystic, it soon becomes clear . The dazzling second volume of The Alexandria Quartet—an enthralling and deeply disturbing work of gorgeous surfaces and endless deceptions. In. 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.

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Balthazar is noting like Justine in that regard but may be more profound as the scaled down to normal duerell and substantially less florid prose make it easy to think about what you’re given in both books. 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.

Views Read Edit View history. It seemed both vaguely and firmly true.

These lines establish an alluring tension, a sense that love in the Egyptian city of Alexandria is a gauntlet, a test of spirit attempted together by these four friends. And the proof against him had been right there in the free, online archives of The New York Times all along.

More than any other character Balthazar’s new information changed the way that Nessim is perceived. I have no clue what Mountolive could possibly contribute but I can’t wait to find out. A single chance factor has altered everything, has turned me back upon my tracks. I hope it will give comfort to great numbers who are passing through the world in obscurity, when I inform them how easily distinction may be obtained.

Scobie wi This is a review of the audiobook, which I received in exchange for an honest review from Brilliance Audio. Durrell makes his designs very apparent. Balthazar is the leader of the gnostic-kabbal that many of the key characters belong to. I connect them to my past worship of Henry Miller, and I am glad to have found the books that killed the god who wrote the gospels of a good part of my youth.


I liked the first two volumes of the Alexandria quartet very much, and for two reasons.

Were these things true? But I quite liked it, and I like it more after having sat on it for a day. Darley has sent Balthazar the manuscript for Book 1, and Book “Our view of reality is conditioned by our position in space and time — not by our personalities as we like to think. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The young fall into rapturous embraces with the very old.

Balthazar – Lawrence Durrell

But it is not all meant to be taken seriously; Balthazar is also meant to entertain the reader. A spontaneous, resourceful new beauty that any sensitive reader will almost certainly love. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Unlike Justine, the writing is so plain, simple, oddly tangible, concrete and ultimately linear as to make you think something is wrong, but then again aren’t all books supposed to read like that?

Delicate, impressionistic, nearly plotless, and with a weird-as-hell carnival scene towards the end, I read Justine ages ago, like when I was 17, so I can’t really comment on the comparison between it and Balthazar, but the book has a great many of the things I remember liking about Lawrence Durrell: The Hosnani plotlines contain hundreds of wonderful details.

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Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel. Oct 03, Andrew added it Shelves: He has a sensuous, vigorous style that I have not found equaled by any other novelist today. To ask other readers questions about Balthazarplease sign up.

Alexandria Revisited

Jan 21, Ivan Conte rated it it was amazing Shelves: We need verification and vindication. And her words to Darley, as he is now alone and suffering at an indecisive point in his life, show Durrell perform a very nice trick: This article possibly contains original research. Portrait of Josa Finney, the hostess of the Carnival ball in the novel The Key to the Self Although the narrator’s mind is made of memories, he is gripped and captivated by them.


How had this disaster come about? Sep 01, Alex rated it it was amazing. Around Santa Fe Saer turns out to be a born writer.

Alexandria QuartetBritish literatureLawrence Durrellliteraturereview. The Narrator’s memory then proceeds to Alexandria, where Darley continues to reminisce lamentingly, and seeks and sometimes finds, the characters of the earlier books. At the level of Time and Space, the work can be construed as evidence of a continuity between the concerns of Modernism and Post-Modernism. The book begins with the Narrator living on a remote Greek island with Nessim’s illegitimate daughter from Melissa now either four or six years old — marking the time that has elapsed since the events of Justine ; however the tone is very dark and opposed to the light and airy reminiscence of Prospero’s Cell — Durrell’s travelogue-memoir of his life on Corfu.

Because, there’s no pretense.

Or, as Balthazar writes to the narrator, his manuscript could be described as “some medieval palimpsest where different sorts of truth are thrown down one upon the other, the one obliterating or perhaps supplementing another. What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? But the author is also stepping back and reflecting on love and life, and Durrell writes so beautifully that hearing the passages again was like revisiting a favorite poem.

She is a painter, and to try and prove his belief that pain acts as a freeing mechanism for artists, Durrell has Clea lose one of her hands. The three first parts, however, are to be deployed spatially. The perpetual reservations of judgement and the perpetual choosing. However, there is more conflict in this volume.

The work was published in the same year as Heidegger’s “Being and Time”. There once was a man who wrote about the things that other people wrote. He is giving the story depth.

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