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 most people are stuck in the physical aspect, unaware of the poetic rapport which it so clumsily tries to teach. Balthazwr up a giveaway. May 02, Judy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The Great Interlinear Like “Justine”, this novel is a composite of diverse fictional contributions.

We revisit not just the same characters from Justinebut some of the same events. He was not a major character in Justine. Retrieved from ” https: He realizes that several of his assumptions in the original story were mistaken, and so is forced to tell it again, sometimes quoting Balthazar directly, sometimes reimagining it in his own voice. As with baroque or classical music, there is the introduction of themes, their development, and their ablthazar. My friends must all have known all along.

Reading him now is a look into past literary pursuits and made me see how much things have changed; even made me a bit nostalgic.


But just when you think you’ve got it, he shifts perspective and you see durell dimensions in the characters that were unsuspected by narrator and reader alike. The truest form of right attention is of course love. Jan 21, Ivan Conte rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even Mountolive was described by Durrell as “a straight naturalistic narrative” — as is Clea with its usual fulfilment of plot devices like temporal progression, conflict and denouement.

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Balthazar is not a sequel: I can’t wait to read Mountolive and Clea now. He seems to exist only to meet up with Justine at various places where he can have sex with her. By continuing to use this batlhazar, you agree to their use. 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.

Fiction is so overrated: Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell

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. Write a customer review. It’s both supplementary and complementary.

Sep 01, Alex rated it it was amazing. See and discover other items: At least the invert escapes this fearful struggle to give oneself to another. Mar 04, Pavle rated it really liked balthaxar Shelves: Durrell occupies a strange position at the fulcrum of modernity. The journeys they make, the changes of motivation and destination, the doubts and fears and sudden spasms of fate that occur, the small moments blthazar their minds realise something heretofore unknown Although these novels were written at the end of the fifties, I kept feeling as if I were reading a slightly more modern D.


Poor fool, she was not spared anything in the long catalogue of self-deceptions which constitute a love-affair. English Choose a language for shopping. Discover Baalthazar Book Box for Kids.

The novel starts with Balthazar visiting the author, bringing a pile of marked up pages the author had written about Justine, hoping to tell him the facts and background he never knew.

These metaphysical and metafictional concerns are often associated with Post-Modernism. More treasures await us. This section is given over to reminiscences of Clea in which Balthazar reveals to Darley that while he had short-sightedly been caught up in his intrigue with Justine, and finding solace from its emotional fall-out in the arms of Melissa — the person who “really loved” him was Clea.

Balthazar understood that it was in the nature of Alexandrians to seek a reconciliation between extreme sensuality and extreme asceticism which was why they were hysterics and extremists. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.