August 13, 2019


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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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. I found myself wondering at Durrell’s imagination as he created so many surprising similes and metaphors. The events of each lush and sensuous novel are seen through the eyes of the central character L.

The essence of the plot is based on the unnamed narrator’s affair with Justine. As an endpiece to this novel like the notes that form Justine’s afterword, Durrell includes some supposed quotations from novelist character Pursewarden in Wildean vein; among them is a little barb at those who take literature too seriously.

Inhabited by absurd fears, they only discuss the puerilities with which every fool is familiar and dare not, by turning a bold hand to balhhazar human heart, offer its gigantic idiosyncrasies to our view.

Fiction is so overrated: Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell

Love is a perceived, but inadequate, prop: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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; durell is no, ‘What happens next…’ in the story.

Interesting, new angles and information, and a demonstration of how perspective changes a story!

What did their friends – and particularly her husband – really think about their relationship? 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.


See and discover other items: I think that very few people realize that sex is a pyschic and not a physical act. The reader begins to understand that there was quite a bit more going on than a simple love affair between the author and Justine. From Another Angle Balthazarthe second novel in Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartetis a less daunting proposition than its predecessor, Justine.

This is also a study of “love” in all its forms.

Balthazar – Lawrence Durrell | Pseudo-Intellectual Reviews

I would say that this is in every way an balthazaf accomplishment to the first book and so it is only my own personal preference that views Balthazar as slightly less compelling than Justine. He began one of those delightful rambling monologues — another chapter in the saga he had composed around his oldest friend, the by now mythical Toby Mannering. It had once sat atop a Bedouin who balthaazar been causing labor troubles.

The characters are to me extremely balthaza, and the setting of Alexandria is both exotic and romantic. You could perhaps describe this book as a story about character, not plot, but that would be deceptive: I don’t suppose balhazar an analogy would be a bad one to apply to the reality of Alexandria, a city at once sacred and profane CarothersWilliam Faulkner Snippet view – It is a testament to Durrell’s skill that in two reasonably slim books, he has sketched not only these vast characters but the great and nuanced topography of their city, their Alexandria.

Stay in Touch Sign up. No eBook available Amazon. His characters are colorful and deep, but their depths are not accessible at a glance any more than with real people. I am conflicted about this book.


Even Mountolive was described by Durrell as “a straight naturalistic narrative” — as is Clea with its usual fulfilment of plot devices like temporal progression, conflict and denouement. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

He was afflicted with Dumb Insolence, they said. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A wonderful book, a book to read many times. A memory which catches sight of itself in a mirror.

See all balthazzr. Balthazar understood that it was in the nature of Alexandrians to seek a reconciliation between extreme sensuality and extreme asceticism which was why they were The Alexandra Quartet is not a set of four novels but rather a composition for four voices. Always Alexandria itself hovers just in the background, providing an ambiance that is various, decadent, polymorphous, and strange. You find out why Justine marries Nessim, and it is not what you might expect.

The dazzling second volume of The Alexandria Quartet —an enthralling and deeply disturbing work of gorgeous surfaces and endless deceptions. Y I’m beginning balrhazar think Durrell is one of the great writers of the 20th century.

Balthazar – Lawrence Durrell

I was ready to drop the project of reading all four books midway into Justine, but the last ten percent of Justine seems to have hooked me and I intend to push on to Balthazar durtell see if I can get some answers to my questions. The language is luscious and feels venerable, but the themes are indeed modern, but they are age old themes and bxlthazar is nothing new under the sun.

The Illusion of Completeness Still, the foundation of one’s own self is unstable.