Balthazar (Alexandria Quartet) [Lawrence Durrell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The dazzling second volume of The Alexandria. 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. The dazzling second volume of The Alexandria Quartet—an enthralling and deeply disturbing work of gorgeous surfaces and endless deceptions. In.

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A Memory Reflected in a Mirror Durrell indulges in much more description of both the psychic and the physical landscape. Durrell himself has a grand intellectual and artistic scheme at work in the quartet which, in these days of balthazqr as commodities, seems almost too precious.

A marriage of past and present with the flying multiplicity of the future racing towards one.

Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet #2) by Lawrence Durrell

This came as a surprise. However, by the end of this volume, the characters want him back. Durrell wanted to write about “modern” love but the characters in Balthazar that aren’t British are seeing it from a completely different perspective that even he may not have completely understood.

About Balthasar The dazzling second volume of The Alexandria Quartet —an enthralling durrell deeply disturbing work of gorgeous surfaces and endless deceptions. Each psyche is really an ant-hill of opposing predispositions. Industrious monks scraping away an elegy to make room for a verse of Holy Writ April Learn how and when to remove this template message.


In this first book, the most romantic of the four, the ruminative act of questioning and appreciating existence is a suspenseful element. The above could serve as a microcosm for both Justine and Balthazar. Each sentence and page builds upon the other to prove they could not have been written any other way. Not to force time, as the weak do, for that spells self-injury and dismay, but to harness its rhythms and put them to our balthazr use.

Spoiler, Or, A Reckoning with Sentimental Habits By Way of Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet

Please edit baltjazar article to focus on discussing the work rather than merely reiterating the plot. He is now living on a remote Greek island a few years after the events of the first novel. Books by Lawrence Durrell. Articles to be expanded from February All articles to be expanded EngvarB from September Use dmy dates from September Pages to import lxwrence to Wikidata Articles that may contain original research from April All articles that may contain original research.

Balthazar – Lawrence Durrell

Jul 12, Pages Buy. Other books in the series. Notes Toward an Understanding of Stig It’s both supplementary and complementary. His style is often baroque and prone to exoticism at first, kawrence evokes 19th century British colonial literature above all elsebut this volume, the second of his best known Alexandria Quartet, reveals more modern preoccupations besides.

There are repeats and codas. People of different religions and races mate. The chapters are shorter and more clearly marked.


The results were not good. A wonderful book, a book to read many times.

The above is a hint as to the beautiful confusion and impending enlightenment that is reading Balthazar. As pretentious durtell it sounds Durrell pulled it off: Or else, perhaps, like some medieval palimpsest where different sorts of truth are thrown down one upon the other, the durrekl obliterating or perhaps supplementing another.

Readers in Gnosticism and Kabbalism. It must fall very short of truth Which really makes one want to go back and read Justine again and re-evaluate events we already thought we knew. And the proof against him had been right there in the free, online archives of The New York Times all along. For this strange creature, which we rurrell would join us to the body of the world, succeeds at last in separating us most thoroughly from it.

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It was cross-hatched, crabbed, starred with questions and answers in different coloured inks, in typescript. There is only room and time for so much analysis. This naturally prompts a re-examination of his memories – from which comes the novel Balthazar.