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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These metaphysical and metafictional concerns are often associated with Post-Modernism.

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Set in Alexandria, Egypt around World War II, the four novels tell essentially the same story from different points of view and come to a conclusion in Clea. He died on November 7, at the age of Scobie wi This is a review of the audiobook, which I received in exchange for an honest review from Brilliance Audio.

So much else to write. But Durrell even undercuts this point in Cleaas the war later ends and the powerful wind up just as vulnerable and mortal as the impoverished artists, prostitutes, children, and the rest. Now I’ve finished the second book of the Quartet on my second reading I’m overjoyed that I’m only half way through the complete work.

Time is not linear. Its very nature and purpose is to tweek “Justine”. She is a painter, and to try and prove his belief that pain acts as a freeing mechanism for artists, Durrell has Clea lose one of her hands. The book begins with the Narrator living on a remote Greek island with Nessim’s illegitimate daughter from Melissa now either four or six years old — marking the time that has elapsed since the events of Justine ; however the tone is very dark and opposed to the light and airy reminiscence of Prospero’s Cell — Durrell’s travelogue-memoir of his life on Corfu.

I even found a quality moment of self-flagellation in the Quartet. Stretched the limit in beating the bounds. The first time I read it, it was called Justine. It spills or slips away like smoke.


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

These books are great in a way that books will not be great anymore. Beyond that idea, too, I want to stop all this. As with Justinethe writing itself is the most arresting part of the novel. This adds to her legend and her mystery, because we learn that this other balrhazar never figured Justine out either. As pretentious as it sounds Durrell pulled it off: My lengthy hiatus between volumes led me to newly discover the remarkable deftness with which Durrell portrays dudrell women involved, each rendered with sympathetic exactitude and leaving me stunned with the resonance of lines such as these: What emerges in the mind of the lawrencce isn’t so much a second distinct work, but a compound of the two.

His style is halthazar baroque and prone to exoticism at first, he evokes 19th century British balthzar literature above all elsebut this volume, the second of his best known Alexandria Quartet, reveals more modern preoccupations besides. But between andthere remain some elements that are Egyptian cultural practices. Balthazar has dropped his loose-leafed Inter-Linear of Book 1 off to Darley, who is now raising Melissa and Nassim’s daughter on a small Greek island just West of Smyrna.

Simply the saddest, most beautiful re-telling of the events covered in Justine, yet with a richness that enhances the previous book and surpasses it.

Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet #2) by Lawrence Durrell

I am not sure that they all become more likable—in particular, there is one scene with Clea near the end which strains my previous view of her as a hovering angel—but it is easier to understand them. The fourth part alone will represent time and be a true sequel. Justine Balthazar Mountolive Clea Not unlike Pursewarden’s idea of a series of novels with ‘sliding panels’ as he called them. I am only trying to express it.

The Other’s Love of the Self If our individual perspective can change in space, then perhaps we might also need the perspectives of other individuals to approach the truth more assuredly? It should be expanded to provide more balanced coverage that includes real-world context.

For us as artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in blthazar life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfill it in its true potential—the imagination. However, the events that occur in this volume retroactively shape the narrator’s perception and memories of the past: I particularly like the way that Baltazar is set up, the reason that the narrator is persuaded to revisit the story of his affair with Justine.


And I liked how Lawrence Durrell seemed to have written this book for absolutely no one else. Balthazar, named for Darley’s friend, a doctor and mystic, interprets Darley’s views from a philosophical and intellectual viewpoint. A perceptive character observes modern art’s debt to theoretical physics, and so it is: It is disappointing to find out lawrrence those in power, the rich and the politically well-connected, are really running the show.

I adore something about these books. And, befitting eurrell manner of my high, inner-drama, I felt the blow. Outwardly, he’s pretentious – tossing in some French, Latin, Greek and just expecting you to understand it, making a discreet reference to a classic text or a philosophical doctrine in ways that are beyond mere literary references – eurrell the fact is, he’s not. He said to keep writing.

A Memory Reflected in a Mirror Durrell indulges in much more description of both the psychic and the physical landscape. What emerges in his sessions with the psychiatrist Balthazar, however, is something far more complex—and unfathomably more sinister—than neurosis.

Even having read Justine not too long ago, I kept feeling a need to go back and re-read to try to fit Balthazar into the context of the first novel.

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Balthazar – Lawrence Durrell

Kill the piece and move on. It’s perfectly legal and secret. Newer Post Older Post Home. The Form of the Novel Ultimately, once again, this speculation is reflected in the form of the novel.

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