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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But then, from another point of view, how would I, blindly and passionately in love with Justine, have received such unwelcome truths at the time?

Nearly everyone is hiding something and it’s the few open and honest ones in the story who seem to get hurt the most; which is probably why Justine seemed so sensitive as it was written by the most vulnerable character. While Justine is so intimate and so forced and focused through one set of eyes, Balthazar, both the novel and the character are able to give perspective on events. He was not a major character in Justine. I get the sense that Scobie will be important in later volumes.

Is this feature helpful? Justine drew inspiration from Eve Cohen, Durrell’s second wife. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Durrell has achieved something rare – the fine balance between exciting the reader to want to turn the pages quickly with the lingering desire to take it slow and enjoy every word, sensation and image. Lawrence Durrell’s kaleidoscopic narrative ushers us into a world in which no perception is reliable – and love itself is always an act of treachery. The characters are to me extremely interesting, and the setting of Alexandria is both exotic and romantic. His style is often baroque and prone to exoticism at first, he evokes 19th century British colonial literature above all elsebut this volume, the second of his best known Alexandria Quartet, reveals more modern preoccupations besides.


At least the invert escapes this fearful struggle to give oneself to another. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The Durrells of Corfu. Se aclaran varios puntos oscuros de Justine, pero a la vez se abren otros. The story is told by the unnamed narrator who is kind of a poor English schoolteacher who gains access to this eclectic circle of friends and acquaintances. There are repeats and codas. I would have to be a far better writer than I am to do justice to a work like this, and it seems distinctly odd to be writing only the second review of this classic for Amazon.

What emerges in his sessions with the psychiatrist Balthazar, however, is something far more complex – and unfathomably more sinister – than neurosis. It is terrible to love life so much you can hardly breathe!

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Thus, there is far more narrative action in “Balthazar”.

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There is only the continuum. In the words of Clea: It’s perfectly legal and secret. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The book is clearer than Justine in several respects, as though emerging from smoke into light.

The clumsy coupling of human beings is simply a biological paraphrase of this truth. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: He was afflicted with Dumb Insolence, they said.


I must set it all down in cold black and white, until such time as the memory and impulse of it is spent. As pretentious as it sounds Durrell pulled it off: It’s not who you want balthaaar be. I actually felt I understood Durrell’s Alexandria balthaza after reading Wilson’s account, particularly on approaches to love and the many definitions of marriage.

I myself had found the first volume often confusing, and this eurrell work made the picture much clearer even as it suggested that the subsequent novels may further elucidate or confuse the picture. Open Preview See a Problem? I’m going to be sad when I finish this quartet. Durrell still waxes poetic on the beauties, mysteries and balthazat sides of Alexandria, but situations which were enigmatic in the first novel now become more clear. Or, as Balthazar writes to the narrator, his manuscript could be described as “some medieval palimpsest durfell different sorts of truth are thrown down one upon the other, the one obliterating or perhaps supplementing another.

Justine Balthazar Mountolive Clea Scobie does provide a source of money to the narrator, but, really, we don’t see the narrator actually working to make money elsewhere.

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No eBook available Amazon. You will have to make room in your thoughts for this variety of the animal. But of course, the truth xurrell that nobody ever does breathe a word, nobody interferes, nobody whispers while the acrobat is on the tight-rope; they just sit and watch the spectacle, waiting only to be wise after the event.