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 read it a second time and it was called Balthazar and it seems absurd to be blown away upon re-reading such a familiar book. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

This is genuinely who Durrell is and how he thinks. Stay in Touch Sign up. Showing of reviews. There is no self that is static or constant, that simply perceives a constantly-changing exterior world. Lawrence Durrell was born in in India. What emerges drrell the mind of the reader isn’t durrell much a second distinct work, but a compound of the two.

Dreadful isogamy of the Perfect Match It is certainly impossible to read without first devouring its ‘sibling’ Justine. Looking for More Great Reads? Also in Alexandria Quartet. However, Balthazar contradicts this: Or “As for Pursewarden, he believed with Rilke that no woman adds anything to the sum of Woman, and from satiety he had now taken refuge in the plenty of the imagination — the true field of merit for the artist Truthfully, the novels at times challenged my ability to assimilate the philosophy advanced by dufrell characters, and this from someone who enjoys Umberto Eco and Saramaga.


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Durrell is describing Egypt, focusing on Alexandria, as its own character, right as colonial rule is diminishing and a shift in power is on the horizon; Wilson describes a much more modern and much more Islam-dominant Egypt. Although these novels were written at the end of the fifties, I kept feeling as if I were reading a slightly more durreol D. Hence, Balthazar’s Great Interlinear and the other metafictional devices.

There is only the continuum. Their chemistry seems more stipulated to than demonstrated.

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Around ten percent toward the end, we get the inkling of a plot as it seems that Nessim knows about the affair and may take dire action into his hands. Monday, November 14, Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell. What emerges in his sessions with the psychiatrist Balthazar, however, is something far more complex – and unfathomably more sinister – than neurosis.

The Great Interlinear Like “Justine”, this novel is a composite of diverse fictional contributions. A spontaneous, resourceful new beauty that any sensitive reader will almost certainly love. Personally, I enjoyed Durrell’s idiosyncratic, varied and obscure vocabulary. But all this belongs to another Alexandria–on which I created in my mind and which the great Interlinear of Balthazar has, if not destroyed, changed out of all recognition. 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: Jul 12, Pages Buy.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? By God, what a woman she would be if she were really natural and felt no guilt!


Penguin; Reissue edition July 12, Language: The Alexandria Quartet — Lawrence Durrell s: 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.

My goal is to get through all four books this year, but it is definitely slower going since I’m using the audio version. Oct 03, Andrew added it Shelves: 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.

Balthazar – Lawrence Durrell

You find out why Justine marries Nessim, and it is not what bbalthazar might expect. In addition, the vastly dissimilar points of view are great and displays the author’s talent. As much as I want to read what Clea has to say it seems so appropriate that she has the last word.

A memory which catches sight of itself in a mirror. My memory of the first is now irreversibly altered by the experience of the second. If you like descriptions, then this is your book.

Two paces east or west and the whole picture is changed. Lawrence or dirrell of the Lost Generation writers.

But between andthere remain some elements that are Egyptian cultural practices.