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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I particularly like the way that Balthazar is set up, the reason that the narrator is persuaded to revisit the story of his affair with Justine. My lengthy hiatus between volumes led me to newly discover the remarkable deftness with which Durrell portrays the women involved, each rendered with sympathetic exactitude and leaving me stunned with the resonance of lines such as these: Jul 12, Pages Buy.

You will have to make room in your thoughts for this variety of the animal. If nothing else Durrell was a great critic of his own work batlhazar a damn good salesman….

Balthazar is noting like Justine in that regard but may be more profound as the scaled down to normal form and substantially less florid prose make it easy to think about what you’re given balthhazar both books. I get the sense that Scobie will be important in later volumes. I am glad that I read it, for it clarifies much that was enigmatic in the first novel, Justineand it raises my estimation of the latter.

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While one feels like he wrote this novel exclusively for the educated exiles from England of his era, it has a democratic way of looking at people that fits in with the American novels of earlier in that same century. Most Recent Book Commentaries http: There is also more use of direct speech, so that the two older British characters, the writer Pursewarden and Scobie the old sailor, develop distinct and rather funny balthazr.


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Ironically, observation of the self by the other contributes to whatever substance the self is capable of. Partly because of the mellow and more philosophical style mentioned above and also due to the lack of Melissa, my favorite character, so neglected and meek that she could have walked out of a Victor Hugo novel.

Retrieved from ” https: On the tail of this information, the whole affair becomes even more crushingly futile than it seemed the first time round.

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He attended the Jesuit College at Darjeeling and St. I felt almost as if I owed him an apology; and yet I also felt insulted by the intrusiveness of his love which I had never asked him to owe me.

Here I talk about books I’ve read and those I want to read. Balthazar, the doctor who had played a secondary role in the earlier novel. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Stories of colorful and enigmatic secondary characters emerged here. A spontaneous, resourceful new beauty that any sensitive reader will almost certainly love. Balthazar, named for Darley’s friend, a doctor and mystic, interprets Darley’s vie Balthazar, is the second volume of Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet, set in Alexandria, Egypt, during the s.

I also renewed my acquaintance with palpitant, adventive, antinomian, exiguous, etiolation, tenebrous, soutane and Corniche, although I had to look them up in order to really appreciate their use in a given sentence.

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The narrator is driven to find out to what extent Justine really loved him. Common terms and phrases Alexandria Amaril Arab arms asked Athena Balthazar beautiful began breath brother Budgie Cairo Capo balthaazr Cervoni child circumcision Clea Clea’s coloured Copt corner course cried crowd dance dark desert Dolly Varden domino door drink eyes face feel felt fingers gave hands hare-lip head heart hoarse Interlinear Justine Justine’s Keats kiss knew laugh laughter LAWRENCE DURRELL Leila light live looked lover Magzub meaning Melissa memory minarets mind Mount Vulture Mountolive Narouz Nessim never night Nimrod once passion perhaps Pombal Pursewarden ring Scobie Scobie’s seemed shouting side sighed silence simply Sitna sitting slowly smiling someone somewhere sort speak stared stood suddenly tarbush tell thing thought Tiresias Toby tone took Toto trembling truth trying turned voice waiting walked watch whispered whole woman women words write to Penguin.


Here I had been loved for goodness knows how long by a creature–I cannot say a fellow-creature–of whose very existence I had been unaware. Set up a giveaway. The first time I read it, it was called Justine. And maybe this is why this book is good literature.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Nessim’s ride into the desert with his brother Narouz, the street festival of Sitna Mariam, the Dirrell masked carnival, and several others.

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Clea, a painter and also the dhrrell of which the final volume is named, writing in a letter to the original narrator, Darley: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Email required Address never made public. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. However, what I got was a literary book of florid prose and a deeply buried plot.

More treasures await us. I’m going to be sad when I finish this quartet. Personally, I durreell Durrell’s idiosyncratic, varied and obscure vocabulary.

Balthazar – Lawrence Durrell

This is the second book in Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, and I can’t imagine reading it without reading Justine first. Again the narrator is the author, Darley, now removed from Alexandria and living on an isolated Greek island with a small girl child, the daughter of his dead former lover, the tubercular prostitute Melissa. Yet, he wonders whether his mission is misguided. Write a customer review. Darley, who observes the interactions of his lovers, friends, and acquaintances.

He has a sensuous, vigorous style that I have not found equaled by any other novelist today. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A Memory Reflected in a Mirror Durrell indulges in much more description of both the psychic and the physical landscape.