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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Our view of reality is conditioned by our position in space and time – not by our personalities as we dugrell to think. Yet when I wrote, the full facts were not at my disposal. The fourth part alone will represent time and be a true sequel.

Balthazar | novel by Durrell |

View all 3 comments. Really, the writing is just incredible. In some ways, now that I’m accustomed to Durrell’s style, I enjoy it more. In Alexandra, in the years before the Second World War, an exiled Irish schoolteacher seeks to unravel his sexual obsession with two women: Balthazar understood that it was in the nature of Alexandrians to valthazar 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.

There is no self that is static or constant, that simply perceives a constantly-changing exterior world. What I balthazaf about this book is the way it fills in some of the details missing in Justine, and gives the reader an entirely new perspective on the characters and events.


Delicate, impressionistic, nearly plotless, and with a weird-as-hell carnival scene towards the end, it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of mint-tea-served-by-a-Levantine-androgyne. Durrell said that the second two novels in the quartet weren’t sequels, because that indicates a relationship in time; rather, they are siblings.

The introduction I read said flat out that most people would durrwll this book, and I certainly balyhazar.

Balthazar – Lawrence Durrell

Balthazar arrives on a passing steam-boat with the loose-leafed Inter-Linear — as the narrative manuscript that Darley, the Narrator had sent to Balthazar in Alexandria is now “seared and starred by a massive interlinear of sentences, paragraphs and question marks His characters are colorful and deep, but their depths are not accessible at a glance any more than with real people.

This is the second book in Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, and I can’t imagine reading it without reading Justine first.

Es increible que alguna vez el ser humano vivio de una forma y un lugar tan fascinante. He was not a major character in Justine. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The journeys they make, the changes of motivation and destination, the doubts and fears and sudden spasms of fate that occur, the small moments when their minds realise something heretofore unknown The fourth novel, he says, is a legitimate sequel.

This is also a study of “love” in all its forms. Durrell occupies a strange position at the fulcrum of modernity. William Faulkner’s short stories James B. It also occurred to me that Durrell’s writing style might have influenced that of one of my favorite writers, Roger Zelazny. The character gets talked about as a “he” or a “she” and the reader has to discern from context who the character balthaazr.

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Fiction is so overrated: Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell

He is giving the story depth. Preview — Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell.

The biggest joy in reading was probably the lush descriptions. Refresh and try again. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Y I’m beginning to think Durrell is one of the great writers of the 20th century. A memory which catches sight of itself in a mirror. If it’s beautifully written misogyny does it become art? Nonetheless, it is essential to read Justine first; the greater clarity and expansiveness of Balthazar is possible only because the reader already knows most of the characters and events; there is not enough explanation for the story to stand on its own.

Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. The adjective “painterly” occurs to me in connection with Durrell, as in ‘This is a writerly book! This is the second volume of Lawrence Durrell’s “Alexandria Quartet. The characters are to me extremely interesting, and the setting of Alexandria is both exotic and romantic. It was impossible to read anything on those gentle pock-marked feature, in that squinting single eye.