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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And there, lying upon the table in the yellow lamplight, lay the great interlinear to Justine —as I had called it. Am I to be reinfected once more by the dream of it and the memory of its inhabitants?

Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet #2) by Lawrence Durrell

This returns full circle to the suggestion that there is something tongue in cheek about the theory of relativity being the inspiration for the structure of the four novels – just one detail from a thought provoking novel. The third book is told from the perspective of a heretofore minor character named David Mountolive, a member of the British Foreign Office.

I was able to read for a while and forget, but later, more than once, unable to forget the accusations, I saw no point in finishing the books. And we’re only halfway through! It may be entirely dead as a style with any contemporary power.

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Unwittingly I may have supplied you with a form, something out of the way! An early draft of this essay includes these lines:. This is slippery material.

Durrell then, not plausibly—but how much of that has there been in this word continuum anyway?

The plot involving the Hosnani family—the mother, Leila, and her two sons, Nessim and Narouz, is brilliantly delivered. This section is primarily related in Balthazar’s voice, and is about the novelist Pursewarden — who is modelled on the British Novelist Wyndham Lewis.

bzlthazar Different versions of the same story; it feels almost as though Durrell is mimicking the story of Jesus in New Testament. Or “As for Pursewarden, he believed with Rilke that no woman adds anything to the sum of Drurell, and from satiety he had now taken refuge in the plenty of the imagination — the true field of merit for the artist It balthazwr often lead nowhere.

He wanted them to succeed. Here it was, the race, each member of it absorbed in the solution of individual preoccupations, loves, hates and fears. Justine drew inspiration from Eve Cohen, Durrell’s second wife. My anger made me ask why was I writing literary criticism in the first place. Finishing Balthazar in many ways feels like never having read Justine to begin with; or perhaps that I didn’t really read it correctly.

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.

The narrative dwells longer on a few connected characters, or a linear sequence of events. Durrell still waxes poetic on the beauties, mysteries and dark sides of Alexandria, but situations which were enigmatic in the first novel now become more clear.

Anyway, that was my idea. Reading him now is a look into past literary baothazar and made me see how much things have changed; even made me a bit nostalgic. There is also a wonderful scene later on, set at dusk, with Narouz drunk off whiskey and using a bullwhip to kill bats in mid-air as he stands on a high balcony of the Hosnani family estate. Yet when I wrote, the full facts were not at my disposal.

At the centre of this movement is Balthazar who is described as a “homosexual goat”by Durrell.

The grand turn hidden in durtell last book lawdence on the title character, Clea. He lives in Philadelphia. He is destroying of the private Alexandria of Darley, and now expanding the story to include perspectives from Balthazar. You could perhaps describe this book as a story about character, not plot, but that would be deceptive: Ironically, he must know more before he is able to discard the wealth of information: Durrell seems to use fewer unexplained foreign words, though he still breaks into French at the drop of a hat.

Love joins and then divides.

I could no longer merely lawrenec and let a book drift into me. The fourth part alone will represent time and be a true sequel. Jan 21, Ivan Conte rated it it was amazing Shelves: Miller led me to Durrell, which led to this essay. Durrell appears, with his Darley mask turned up, and speaks to us directly to deliver a line he hopes will make us go out and be artists, or something like that:. It writhes before our very eyes.

She knew that the heart wearies of monotony, that habit and despair are the bedfellows of love, and she waited patiently, as a very old woman might, for the flesh to outgrow its promptings, to deliver itself from an attachment durrll she now recognised was not balthazzr her seeking.

Things are never quite what they seem is also part of the message and the added nuance makes the reader question their perceptions of the first novel. It is absolutely tragic and wonderful.

Spoiler, Or, A Reckoning with Sentimental Habits By Way of Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria 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. It sounds silly written out, but that’s because these scientific metaphors inform the structure subliminally and because they feel most correct to the material. The explanation given for a quartet of novels the first three of which cover the same events from different perspectives is that t Originally published on my blog here in June