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Aug 16, Sinem A. Balthazar was the mystic philosopher in Justine who brought many of the characters together in regular meetings for study of the Cabal and other writings.

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The grand turn hidden in this last book hinges on the title character, Clea. It seemed to me then to be somehow symbolic of the very reality we had shared—a palimpsest upon which each of us had left his or her individual traces, layer by later.

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. How else would we be growing? Open Preview See a Problem?

I thought I had found another pure and wonderful reading experience. This is slippery material. Sep 01, Alex rated it it was amazing. View all 3 comments. And there, lying upon the table in the yellow lamplight, lay the great interlinear to Justine —as I had called it. Durrell seems to use fewer unexplained foreign words, though he still breaks into French at the drop of a hat.

We’ll never get to read from Justine’s point of view or Nessim’s. It sounds durrsll written out, but that’s because these scientific metaphors inform the structure subliminally and because they feel most correct to the material. It raised questions about the risks Durrell was taking. We learn more about Pursewarden loosely based on Wyndham Lewis. Kill the piece and move on.

There is also more use of direct speech, so that the two older British characters, the writer Pursewarden and Scobie the old sailor, develop distinct and rather funny voices. Yet I love books with mentors, and the idea of a city being a mentor is an old but a lasrence one.


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

Readers in Gnosticism and Kabbalism. Other moments are hilarious – a parrot who recites parts of the Koran interspersed with fart noises – or surreal – the circumcision booth set up at the local festival, where unwary teen boys leaning back in the barber’s chair hardly know what’s happening to them until they feel the knife. It all intrudes very suddenly into the middle of this experimental series of novels about romance.

The third part, Mountolive, is a straight naturalistic novel in which the narrator of Justine and Balthazar becomes an object, i. However, by the end of this volume, the characters want him back. Durrell shows the whole plot as something internal to Darley, the narrator, and in fact in these first two books we see Durrell forcing his narrator toward deeper introspection: In the Light of These New Treasures As readers, we’re still striving for our own coherence within the fictional world of Durrell’s novel.

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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.

It had once sat atop a Bedouin who had been causing labor troubles. Durrell wanted to write about “modern” love but the characters in Balthazar that bwlthazar British are seeing it from a completely different perspective that even he may not have completely understood.

Now, in the light of all these new bakthazar – for truth, though merciless as love, must always be a treasure – what should I do? Read it Forward Read it first. Stretched the limit in beating the bounds. The above could serve as a microcosm for both Justine and Balthazar. But there was one major side-effect: Or should the dispositions remain the same, the characters remain the same – and is it only truth itself which has changed in contradiction?


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I even found a quality moment of self-flagellation in the Quartet. Pawrence, 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 – but the fact is, he’s not.

I suspect that even these final doubts and throat-clearings are part of a fairly convenient final analysis. Subtexts abound, drurell relationships and alliances continually shift and evolve.

The lion-dust of the desert: Partly because of the mellow and more philosophical durrelp mentioned above and also due to the lack of Melissa, my favorite character, so neglected and meek that she could have walked out of a Victor Hugo novel.

I planned to celebrate what I had heard was an amazing series of books, and I loved the first, but then, halfway through the second, I got some bad news via email: I think Melissa knows everything which, if true, makes her the most out-of-the-blue complex character in the whole story ; Balthazar is mean to say the least and as forthcoming as he bxlthazar, he is equally holding back; the narrator is the most naive person alive; Nessim is up to something good or bad, but something … ; I love this book.

I was surprised my original review contained no quotations so I will include some of them here.

Balthazar – Lawrence Durrell

Alternate book cover 10 17 Aug 07, The novel starts with Balthazar visiting the author, bwlthazar a pile of marked up pages the author had written about Justine, hoping to tell him the facts and background he never knew. I would set my own book free to dream. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I had done a thoughtless balghazar and upset that fairly delicate process I had been tending to.