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Read & Download Balthazar Þ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü Balthazar is the second volume of Durrell's The Alexandria uartet set in Alexandria Egypt during the 1940s The events of each lush and sensuous novel are seen through the eyes of the central character LG Darley who observes the interactions of his lovers friends and acuaintancesNtances Balthazar named for Darley's friend a doctor and mystic interprets Darley's views from a philosophical and intellectual viewpoin. I am just a refugee from the long slow toothache of English life It is terrible to love life so much you can hardly breatheA fattened comprehensive and weezing approach will occur when I finish the uartet

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Balthazar Ø Balthazar is the second volume of Durrell's The Alexandria uartet set in Alexandria Egypt during the 1940s The events of each lush and s. I am disappointed with this and bored also unfortunately I recently finished Mountolive third in this series which I enjoyed I don't know if the problem I am having with Balthazar is that I haven't read Justine which is the first book in this series of four My reason for not buying was the exhorbitant cost and I will have to order it online I do however have Clea and if I enjoy this last book in Durrell's uartet I will behove myself to dig deep and splurge on JustineSo I will try to identify for me at least the problems with Balthazar The main narrator is Darley about whom I know practically nothing; I could list his main points on one hand He has retired to a small Greek island presumably to write his next book I'm guessing that Darley is the author of Justine as the book exists both in the fictional world and our real world And Balthazar the doctor scholar mystic visits him a surprise visit to the remote island and gives him a large sheaf of papers on which he has recorded his observations conversations thoughts pronouncements etc on the same group of friends; Alexandrians that both he and Darley know But this book is not really Balthazar's story yes we are encouraged to believe that he has supplied most of the material but still Darley is our main narrator it is his thoughts and experiences and concerns that predominate in trying to capture the recent events of their lives in Egypt And this I think is the main problem I still don't know who Darley is Yes I gleaned some information from Mountolive about him a lecturer in literature a teacher He meets Justine through his lecture on Cavafy; he becomes Justine's lover temporarily; he treats Melissa badly the cabaret dancer who is dying of TB We do know that Darley has taken Melissa's child an act of guiltcontrition to bring her up as his own on the Greek island but we also know that the child has been fathered by Nessim Hosnani Hosnani embarrassed by his connection with Melissa had asked Balthazar to perform an abortion which Balthazar refuses to do on account of Melissa's ill healthSo we hear about the same characters from Mountolive except that in Mountolive everything is clearly from his perspective and we know who he is his background his position and status his past relationship with Leila who is the mother of Nessim and Narouz Hosnani We hear about his life at the embassy and how he knows the other characters in particular Justine and Nessim and Pursewarden some of the minor characters such as Scobie Pombal Clea Balthazar and Darley figure vaguely around Mountolive's narrative But I enjoyed this book I liked the descriptions of Egypt of the great lake Mareotis with its birds and fish and secret marshes etcI enjoyed Mountolive because I could see and understand how he felt about the events affecting the people around him The people he cared about he was devastated by Pursewarden's death knowing that he is implicated in the events leading to it He cares deeply about Nessim and Leila and we know why; we know his long history with them We connect with the events which disturb and effect Mountolive because uite simply we understand who he isThe problem with Darley's story is that although he recounts several unfortunate deaths and several tragic events concerning the same characters there is no emotional engagement In this book the narrative is uite often switched around so that sometimes we hear Justine's thoughts or sometimes Balthazar's and most enjoyably there are uotes from Pursewarden which fill in his mysterious character We have first hand accounts of some of Narouz's experiences; how he forces a Malzub to reveal the circumstances of the disappearance of Justine's child but again we feel nothing These stories are brief just as we feel we could connect with the feelings or the experiences of each different character we are switched to yet another scene another event in Alexandria The writing is uneven meaning there are some terrible long winded passages but the story of the Cervonis' ball during the Carnival season is one of the interesting We follow Darley in his long domino cloak trying desperately to locate Justine by the ring on her finger but he eventually gives up and leaves We know however that this party is amounting to a climax in the book there is a murder Justine somehow is involved; there is a telephone call from Clea strange odd in the middle of the ball anxious to talk with her friend But Darley has left and instead thwarts our patience with a tedious description of the harbourSo just as Plot begins to uicken the pace and interest of this no plot story Durrell plays it down with his slow descriptions He is experimenting He doesn't want any one particular voice to dominate; he is trying to get away from the one person linear narrative in an attempt to make us understand the complexity of the whole If we focus on a particular character's perception we understand only how they have constructed the world around them and Durrell is attempting to show how this is a limiting and narrow perspective; but in doing so he has sacrificed the personal I think it was also on trend to show himself as a Modernist to break from his his voice his authorial control and to hide or rather encourage the truthfulness of polyphony to allow other perspectives to dominate so that Darley'sDurrell's interpretation does not dominate Of course this is difficult to render convincingly because it IS Durrell's creation every line word and comma etcIt is the personal however which drives forward the novel And it is the reader's identification with one or characters that holds our interest If we are are stirred drawn in emotionally we want to know what happens but in the case of Balthazar I was repeatedly disconnected from understanding anyone character completely or at least as well as I could and I could not care about any of them eg Scobie the old cross dressing policeman he is beaten to death Another character about whom I understood very little Capodistria or Da Capo for short also dies Toto de Brunel accidentally murdered by Narouz thinking it is Justine and yet we never understand why Narouz should be driven to such extremes There is no engagement we are left cold Yes we can see the multiple interlinking of all these different people and events all connected by the social intercourse and location of Alexandria a particular time a particular place but I was bored Read & Download å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ù Lawrence Durrell

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Lawrence Durrell Ù 4 Download Ensuous novel are seen through the eyes of the central character LG Darley who observes the interactions of his lovers friends and acuai. Our view of reality is conditioned by our position in space and time — not by our personalities as we like to think Lawrence Durrell BalthazarIn Durrell's second book of the Alexandria uartet Durrell has added another voice another perspective to the events of the first novel He is giving the story depth He is destroying of the private Alexandria of Darley and now expanding the story to include perspectives from Balthazar Darley has sent Balthazar the manuscript for Book 1 and Book 2 now replays some of the same narrative some things are missing some new details are added some facts are contradicted new facts are discovered 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 ChiosAgain I LOVED this second book The language pulls me page after page I had to stop myself from licking the page to get another scent or taste of Alexandria The Carnival scene was intense and reminded me of a comination of Eyes Wide Shut and a William Burroughs trip I also adored the desertfarm section with Nassim and his hair lipped brother Narouz and their mother LeilaFinally I ravished every scene and every line from author Pursewarden who seems to be modeled on a combination of Henry Miller and Wyndham Lewis Modern day Izmir