For a long time, I thought I might never enjoy this novel. I’ve picked it up about once a decade, since the ‘s. Each time it seemed opaque, slow paced, and. Results 31 – 60 of Justyna Kwartet aleksandryjski · Lawrence Durrell. 01 Jan Hardback. US $ US$ Save US$ Add to basket · Antrobus. Balthazar has ratings and reviews. Gabriel said: I hated every single page (as happened with the first one) and will not read book 3 and 4. Suc.

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There are some annoyances. Pretzel rated it liked it Jan 15, This book is, as was Ksartet, written in 4 parts, and in the first person.

His aleksandryjki is filled with adjectives that bring to life the city of Alexandria which again plays an important role in the book. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? After Justine, I didn’t necessarily want to read on in this series, but, even though this book is a retelling more than it is an expansion of that original, troublesome plot, I found it much more engaging.

Saw bits of humor this time, too, amidst the ordinary, the squalor, the deaths, the perturbations of the erotic, the luxury of wealthy lives. Maybe because it covered the same ground as the first book, but from a different perspective.

Published by Folio Society first published Omayma Adel rated it did not like it Nov 20, Hardcoverpages. I suspect many of the critics who laud Durrell uphill and down are distantly related to the denizens of the Emperor’s empire: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Write a customer review. I still don’t really like Durrell’s style, which seems more intuitive than intentional, and this comes to a head in a very strange, contextless carnival scene.


Even if the result proved to be a “science-fiction” in the true sense. At the centre of this movement is Balthazar who is described as a kwarett goat”by Durrell. And this, also from p. Il me rend confus, il me fatigue avec ses longues tirades sans fin, sans objectif. Thanks for telling us about the problem. But most people are stuck in the physical aspect, unaware of the poetic rapport which it so clumsily tries to teach.

Justyna. Kwartet aleksandryjski

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Readers in Gnosticism and Kabbalism. Durrell died in France in See 1 question about Balthazar…. 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.

Surely this is where you belittle me as a reader and harangue me and my philistinian inability to appreciate beauty and truth in their transvestial forms. Durrell corresponded with author Henry Miller for forty-five aleksandryjsii, and Miller influenced much of his aleksabdryjski work, including a provocative and controversial novel, The Black Book Preview — Balthazar by Aleksandryjsski Durrell.

The group broke apart through death, anger, jealousy, and fatigue.

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The prose was designed to keep me from knowing. Laura rated it did not like it Jul 17, Recommended to Alan by: It mentions events surrounding Justine without really treading on old ground. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I’m not here to decry Durrell, but the book isn’t all that great. Darley, who observes the interactions of his lovers, aleksandeyjski, and acquaintances.


Not recommended for the general reader. Some story lines are only hinted at, and not fully resolved.

Balthazar understood that it was in the nature of Alexandrians to seek a reconciliation between extreme sensuality and extreme asceticism which was why they were The Alexandra Quartet is not a set of four novels but rather a composition for four voices. Durrell’s novel is full of “wisdom”–perhaps a lifetime’s supply of epigrams on every conceivable subject, saved over the years by the author as he thought of them on sleepless nights, or written down as he heard them at the cafes and salons of the Middle East.

The reader should be rather familiar with clas The author of “Balthazar”, Lawrence Durrell, was a perceptive and honest observer of human character and desires, and he provides a firsthand description of Alexandra in Egypt before World War II, having lived there around that time. Adastra rated it did not like it Oct 05, What I felt, most of all, was that I was an outsider; the observer of a clique or in-group.