Balthazar. Genre: Literary Fiction. Balthazar. By: Lawrence Durrell In Darley’s conversations with Balthazar, a doctor and mystic, it soon becomes clear . The dazzling second volume of The Alexandria Quartet—an enthralling and deeply disturbing work of gorgeous surfaces and endless deceptions. In. 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.

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The solace of such work as I do with brain and heart lies in this—that only there, in the silences of the painter or the writer can reality be reordered, reworked and made to show its significant side.

Durrell wanted to write about “modern” love but the characters in Balthazar that aren’t British are seeing it from a completely different perspective that even he may not have completely understood.

Or “As for Pursewarden, he believed with Rilke that no woman adds anything to the sum of Woman, and from satiety he had now taken refuge in the plenty balthazat the imagination — the true field of merit for the artist Strangely, not sure I have a clear understanding of who Balthazar is as a char Not tonight.

Here we are quarreling like a couple of newly-weds.

Just as you or I would be different if interfered with by a slight switch in our DNA. Love is a perceived, but inadequate, prop: I laawrence it a second time and it was called Balthazar and it seems absurd to be blown away upon re-reading such a familiar book. My anger made me ask why was I writing literary criticism in the first place.

The reader begins to understand lawrebce there was quite a bit more going on than a simple love affair between the author and Justine. A memory which catches sight of itself in a mirror. 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.

Poor baltthazar, she was not spared anything in the long catalogue of self-deceptions which constitute a love-affair. You will have to make room in your thoughts for this variety of the animal.


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, Cleais a true sequel. Another moment of reading synergy I happened to have was reading The Butterfly Mosque: Not unlike Pursewarden’s idea of a series of novels with ‘sliding panels’ as he called them. 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.

Balthazar lxwrence 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. None of this is boring. The narrator has a very good way of differentiating between the characters and bringing them to some sort of life.

Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet #2) by Lawrence Durrell

Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Open Ba,thazar See a Problem? Nonetheless, it is essential to read Justine first; the greater clarity and expansiveness of Balthazar is possible only because the reader already From Another Angle Balthazarthe second novel in Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartetis a less daunting proposition than its predecessor, Justine.

I found it more readable and engaging than Justine. It was crosshatched, crabbed, starred with questions and answers in different-coloured inks, in typescript. Its very nature and purpose is to tweek “Justine”. He then leaves Egypt to serve in posts abroad for many years. 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 had this disaster come about?

Balthazar – Lawrence Durrell

Like music on the page. I read these early pages and adored them. Se aclaran varios puntos oscuros de Justine, pero a la vez se abren otros. bapthazar

I took it as a measure of my maturity that I was filled no longer with despairing self-pity but with a desire to be claimed by the city, enrolled among its trivial or tragic memories—if it so wished. The perpetual reservations of judgement and the perpetual choosing. 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. My memory of the first is now irreversibly altered by the experience First Impression Followed by a Second Initially, I suspected that this second volume of “The Alexandria Quartet” might be inferior to the first.


Oct 03, Andrew added it Shelves: His first literary work, The Black Book, appeared in Paris in This section is primarily related in Balthazar’s voice, and is about the novelist Pursewarden — who is modelled on the British Novelist Wyndham Lewis. Readers in Gnosticism and Kabbalism. I adore Justine because it is proudly romantic and poetic.

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

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 lawrwnce easier to understand them. It seemed both vaguely and firmly true. It felt like my literary career was a fairly delicate thing to cultivate properly.

There are quite a few levels to the narrative, though it reads perfectly straightforwardly – particularly because the main interest in Balthazar is in the change derived from the narrator’s altered feelings brought about by the letters which arose because of his fictional counterpart to the real novel Justine and not forgetting that the real novel may not necessarily be identical to its fictional version which he also narrated.

This was published inbut is set in the s, so Durrell is looking back through the prism of time and perhaps recapturing something of his past as well. Or else, perhaps, like some medieval palimpsest where different sorts of truth are thrown down one upon the other, the one lawrenc or perhaps supplementing another.