Balthazar Balthazar is the second volume of Durrell s The Alexandria Quartet set in Alexandria Egypt during the s The events of each lush and sensuous novel are seen through the eyes of the central char

  • Title: Balthazar
  • Author: Lawrence Durrell
  • ISBN: 9780140153217
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Paperback
  • Balthazar, is the second volume of Durrell s The Alexandria Quartet, set in Alexandria, Egypt, during the 1940s The events of each lush and sensuous novel are seen through the eyes of the central character L.G Darley, who observes the interactions of his lovers, friends, and acquaintances Balthazar, named for Darley s friend, a doctor and mystic, interprets Darley s vieBalthazar, is the second volume of Durrell s The Alexandria Quartet, set in Alexandria, Egypt, during the 1940s The events of each lush and sensuous novel are seen through the eyes of the central character L.G Darley, who observes the interactions of his lovers, friends, and acquaintances Balthazar, named for Darley s friend, a doctor and mystic, interprets Darley s views from a philosophical and intellectual viewpoint.

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  • Lawrence Durrell

    Lawrence George Durrell was a critically hailed and beloved novelist, poet, humorist, and travel writer best known for The Alexandria Quartet novels, which were ranked by the Modern Library as among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century A passionate and dedicated writer from an early age, Durrell s prolific career also included the groundbreaking Avignon Quintet, whose first novel, Monsieur 1974 , won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and whose third novel, Constance 1982 , was nominated for the Booker Prize He also penned the celebrated travel memoir Bitter Lemons of Cyprus 1957 , which won the Duff Cooper Prize Durrell corresponded with author Henry Miller for forty five years, and Miller influenced much of his early work, including a provocative and controversial novel, The Black Book 1938 Durrell died in France in 1990.


  • The second book in the Alexandria Quartet, still seen through the central character the writer Darley. He is now living on a remote Greek island a few years after the events of the first novel. Durrell’s narrative and descriptive powers create an atmosphere you can almost touch and smell. Balthazar arrives with some notes/descriptions/ information about the events of Justine which sort of fill in gaps, create new perspectives, answer some puzzles and create new puzzles. The bulk of the novel i [...]

  • First Impression Followed by a SecondInitially, I suspected that this second volume of "The Alexandria Quartet" might be inferior to the first.However, having finished it, I don't really think of it as a wholly different work. Its very nature and purpose is to tweek "Justine". It's both supplementary and complementary. What emerges (in the mind of the reader) isn't so much a second distinct work, but a compound of the two. My memory of the first is now irreversibly altered by the experience of t [...]

  • الجزء الثانى من رباعية الاسكندريه. أفضل من الجزء الأول بكل تأكيد, والتركيز على المدينه نفسها أعلى من الجزء الأولاللغه رغم ترجمتها جيدهوالاحداث والتفاصيل لم تختلف طبيعتها كثيرا عن الجزء الأول.شخصيات العمل متطورة جدا وأفضل مافى الروايه والتطور الأكثر وضوحا عن لجزء الأولفى ا [...]

  • This is the second novel of four in Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet. I am glad that I read it, for it clarifies much that was enigmatic in the first novel, Justine, and it raises my estimation of the latter. Again the narrator is the author, Darley, now removed from Alexandria and living on an isolated Greek island with a small girl child, the daughter of his dead former lover, the tubercular prostitute Melissa. The little girl, who plays no part in the present narrative, is also the daughter of [...]

  • Ono što mi je malo škripalo kod Baltazara je narativa, ili radije, njena neubedljivost. Darelova ideja primene relativiteta (mada malo laička) na strukturu kvarteta jeste zanimljiva – na neki način svaki potonji deo je ponovo čitanje jednog istog romana, ali sa različitim predznanjem – ali istovremeno unosi i sumnju u autentičnost pisanja, posebno kada karakteristično prvo lice iz Justine neretko zameni trećim licem nekog tamo nezanimljivog lika (npr. Nesimov brat). Dodaj na to što [...]

  • "A única maneira de permanecermos fiéis ao tempo — escreve Baltasar — consiste em intercalar as realidades, porque em cada ponto do Tempo as possibilidades são infinitas na sua multiplicidade. Viver é escolher. Reservar perpetuamente o nosso juízo, escolher perpetuamente." Alexandria

  • This is a review of the audiobook, which I received in exchange for an honest review from Brilliance Audio.I originally read the second book of the Alexandria Quartet in 2009, and stopped without finishing the quartet. My goal is to get through all four books this year, but it is definitely slower going since I'm using the audio version. Narrator Jack Klaff makes great efforts to distinguish between characters but sometimes that makes me really hate the time we spend with some of them. Scobie wi [...]

  • I'm beginning to think Durrell is one of the great writers of the 20th century. Really, the writing is just incredible. Like music on the page. ("An Arab woman makes my bed, beating the pillows till they fluff out like the white of egg under a whisk") "Baroque," I think George Steiner called it. 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 fourth novel, he says, is a legitimate sequel.) You [...]

  • Spectacular. These books are structured in such a complex way that as you peel away each layer you learn more about the whole. I'm going to be sad when I finish this quartet.

  • I am just a refugee from the long slow toothache of English life. It is terrible to love life so much you can hardly breathe!A fattened, more comprehensive and weezing approach will occur when I finish the Quartet.

  • From Another AngleBalthazar, the second novel in Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, is a less daunting proposition than its predecessor, Justine. The author points out that the first three novels (these two plus Mountolive) all overlap in time, looking at the same events from different perspectives; only the fourth book, Clea, is a true sequel. Nonetheless, it is essential to read Justine first; the greater clarity and expansiveness of Balthazar is possible only because the reader already kn [...]

  • Durrell occupies a strange position at the fulcrum of modernity. His style is often baroque and prone to exoticism (at first, he evokes 19th century British colonial literature above all else), but this volume, the second of his best known Alexandria Quartet, reveals more modern preoccupations besides. A perceptive character observes modern art's debt to theoretical physics, and so it is: the novel's tangle of disinterested and capricious love affairs (modern and age-old) shift and squirm in (qu [...]

  • 3,5 zvaigznes. Kāds pārsteigums - otrā kvarteta daļa ir krietni baudāmāka par pirmo, lai gan tieši šai anotācijā tiek uzsvērts filozofiskums. "Baltazars" ir pilns ar noslēpumiem, daži tiek atklāti, ir vairāki līķi un pirmās daļas notikumi parādās citā gaismā. Aizraujoši! Neliku 4 zvaigznes tikai ar cerību, ka nākamā daļa ir vēl labāka.

  • Originally published on my blog here in June 2005.The introduction to this novel, the second in the Alexandria Quartet, briefly explains one of the structural ideas behind the novels. I'm not sure of the extent to which this is meant to be tongue in cheek, because it is the sort of idea often found in satires of intellectual writers who don't understand much science. The explanation given for a quartet of novels the first three of which cover the same events from different perspectives is that t [...]

  • What is Balthazar? It is certainly impossible to read without first devouring its 'sibling' Justine. The entire concept is that Balthazar - a supporting character from that book - read that book (the narrator Darley's memoirs) and is offering an annotation of them from a different point-of-view. You could perhaps describe this book as a story about character, not plot, but that would be deceptive: the characters are the plot. The journeys they make, the changes of motivation and destination, the [...]

  • 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. It's full of charm and musings on love, loss, life and the familiar yet painful uncovering of news that you didn't want to hear. All the while it adds a depth and complexity to the overall narrative (of the Quartet) that builds an excitement about the coming two volumes.Now I've finished the second book of the Quartet on my second reading I'm overj [...]

  • This is the second book in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, and I can't imagine reading it without reading Justine first. 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.Interesting, new angles and information, and a demonstration of how perspective changes a story!

  • "إني أرى بعينين جديدتين، من هذا الموقع المتميز للجزيرة، كل الأشياء في ثنائياتها، من تداخل الحقيقة بالوهم. تنتابني الدهشة ونا أعيد قراءة الحقيقية و إعادة صياغتها في ضوء كل ما أعرفه الآن.إن مشاعري ذاتها قد نمت و تبدلت بل و عمقت. إذن ربما كان تدمير إسكندريتي ضروريا ( إن العمل الف [...]

  • إن صعوبة الإبحار في جوستين من شدة التعري النفسي تجعلك تتحسس أقدام عينيك و رأسك وأنت تولج لنص أخر له علاقة بشكل أو بأخر بنفس النصيبدو النص أسهل في التنقل بين سطوره ولكن بعد تمعن تكتشف أنه ليس سهلا و لكنها روحك التي تعودت أسلوب الترجمة و التتشبيهات الشعرية القاسية. إن روعة هذه ا [...]

  • I read Justine ages ago, like when I was 17, so I can't really comment on the comparison between it and Balthazar, but the book has a great many of the things I remember liking about Lawrence Durrell: his strong sense of place, and his writing style that reminds me of a lemon custard left out on an afternoon terrace, washed down with the last remnants of a gin and tonic that's now mostly ice melt.Delicate, impressionistic, nearly plotless, and with a weird-as-hell carnival scene towards the end, [...]

  • Las partes en las que relata el viaje de Nessim a ver a su familia y, sobre todo, la parte centrada en el carnaval son de lo mejor que he leído en mucho tiempo. ¡A por el tercero!

  • أحببت هذا الجزء أكثر من جوستين، ربما لغوصه أكثر فى تفاصيل شخصيات الرباعية

  • The abridged version of events will be difficult to understand without a summary knowledge of what happened in “Justine,” so please read my review of that novel, the “sibling companion” of “Balthazar,” for a fuller appreciation of both. This review also gives away plot spoilers for both.“Balthazar” continues the narrative started in the first volume of the Alexandria Quartet, “Justine.” This time, we read of many of the events recounted in “Justine” from another perspecti [...]

  • Bu da oldukça güzel bir kitapmış. Durrell'in yazma tarzı çok zahmetli gözüküyor. Sürekli bir şeyler biriktirmiş ve biriktirdiklerini doğru yerlerde sürekli kullanıyor. Durrell’in bu tarzı, kitabı yer yer çok derinleştiriyor. Bu kitap ilk kitaptaki olayların başka karakterin tanıklığı üzerinden tekrar ele alınmasından oluşuyor. Justine'in davranışlarının, gerekçeleri üzerinde tekrardan duruyoruz. Justine, içimdeki kadın düşmanı kırıntıları harekete ge [...]

  • I did not intend to review any of the Alexandria Quartet until I had finished them all. Durrell makes it clear in the first novel _Justine_ that the series cannot be comprehended as a whole until it has been read in its entirety. However, I wanted to share some thoughts now that I'm halfway through. These are fascinating and interesting books in which, much like Proust's _In Search of Lost Time_, the people the narrator knows shift in meaning and affect as he considers them in different situatio [...]

  • If memory serves, and surely it doesn't, Balthazar is a bit easier to read and "get," in some fashion, than Justine. Having perhaps slaked his appetite and Modernistic obscurantism with Justine, Durrell gets down sooner than later to full, lengthy storytelling. I suspect many of the critics who laud Durrell uphill and down are distantly related to the denizens of the Emperor's empire: despite seeing just about nothing to see, they have no desire to appear ignorant or uncultured in front of their [...]

  • "If things were always what they seemed, how impoverished would be the imagination of man." With these words, Balthazar delivers startling new information that potentially changes everything, though it all makes perfect sense if a reader stops to think about it. To better understand, the narrator goes back to the beginning to explain many things in an entirely new light. I enjoyed this premise, and there is certainly still more than enough new material to keep any astute reader interested. I mar [...]

  • Not tonight. This second book in The Alexandria Quartet has to "soak" for awhile in this read of it again after many years. It didn't feel to me as if Balthazar tore apart the story of Justine with his "Interlinear" as much as the story suggests -- more just added depth and perspective to what was a perhaps a naive, infatuated, self-serving view. Stories of colorful and enigmatic secondary characters emerged here. Strangely, not sure I have a clear understanding of who Balthazar is as a characte [...]

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