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Balthazar (1958)

af Lawrence Durrell

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Byen Alexandria før 2. verdenskrig danner rammen om et kompliceret puslespil af filtrede menneskeskæbner, forretninger, meninger og livsholdninger.
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The Alexandria Quartet is a treasure trove of characters and locations, emotions and relationships, history and plot. Above all is the language itself - glorious. A tough read but worth it.
  rosiezbanks | Dec 4, 2020 |
What is Balthazar? It is certainly impossible to read without first devouring its 'sibling' [b:Justine|13037|Justine (The Alexandria Quartet, #1)|Lawrence Durrell|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347907171s/13037.jpg|45387]. 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.

You could perhaps describe this book as a story about character, not plot, but that would be deceptive: the characters are the plot. The journeys they make, the changes of motivation and destination, the doubts and fears and sudden spasms of fate that occur, the small moments when their minds realise something heretofore unknown... those are what progress these books along.

In some ways, now that I'm accustomed to Durrell's style, I enjoy it more. Outwardly, 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. Because, there's no pretense. This is genuinely who Durrell is and how he thinks. While one feels like he wrote this novel exclusively for the educated exiles from England of his era, it has a democratic way of looking at people that fits in with the American novels of earlier in that same century.

I can't wait to read [b:Mountolive|126710|Mountolive (The Alexandria Quartet, #3)|Lawrence Durrell|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347909368s/126710.jpg|1849754] and [b:Clea|13039|Clea (The Alexandria Quartet, #4)|Lawrence Durrell|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347919653s/13039.jpg|841968] now. The richly drawn characters of the first two books now exist in my memories like real people - loquacious Pombal, perverted and broken Scobie, pathetic Melissa, desperate Narouz, ethereal (yet somehow earthy) Clea, feeble Darley, bitter Pursewarden, rigid Nessim, sly Balthazar, charismatic Mountolive (as yet still reasonably underdeveloped) and of course the endlessly fascinating Justine. It is a testament to Durrell's skill that in two reasonably slim books, he has sketched not only these vast characters but the great and nuanced topography of their city, their Alexandria. Brilliant stuff. ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
The Alexandria quartet is a wonderful short course in the ways in which a writer can play with all the conventions of the narrative art. "Balthazar" was my second encounter with the set, and really showed me that I was going to see a lot of different angles on the same set of incidents and that Durrell was a master of the tale, in the same way that Picasso was a master of the pictorial. Even on rereads, I can happily let myself be swept away by that year in Alexandria. "Balthazar' is the voice of reason applied to the devouring dream of "Justine". Yet it is not a put-down, but a revelation of the context in which Darnley and Justine played out their affair. It is essential to the whole structure of the quartet, and, the first of the three steps back one is obliged to give any pictorial masterpiece, and essential to the three steps of return to it. ( )
  DinadansFriend | May 20, 2020 |
El cuarteto de Alejandría
  GermanRestrepo | Mar 19, 2019 |
I am just a refugee from the long slow toothache of English life. It is terrible to love life so much you can hardly breathe!

A fattened, more comprehensive and weezing approach will occur when I finish the Quartet. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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Yes, we insist upon those details, you veil them with a decency which removes all their edge of horror; there remains only what is useful to whoever wishes to become familiar with man; you have no conception how helpful these these tableaux are to the development of the human spirit; perhaps we are still so benighted with respect to this branch of learning only because of the stupid restraint of those who wish to write upon such matters. Inhabited by absurd fears, they only discuss the puerilities with which every fool is familiar and dare not, by turning a bold hand to the human heart, offer its gigantic idiosyncrasies to our view.
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