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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,198 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Durrell Narrator: Nigel Anthony Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN:
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The politics of love, the intrigues of desire, love and murder, moved obscurely in the dark corners of Alexandria's streets and squares, brothels and drawing rooms- moved like a great congress of eels in the slime of plot and counter-plot. In this second volume in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, the story and the characters come more clearly into focus. Darley, the reflective Englishman, receives from Balthazar, the pathologist, a mass of notes which attempts to explain what really happened between the tempestuous Justine, her husband Nessim, Clea the artist, and Pursewarden the writer. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr. | 2/12/2014

    " 'Balthazar' picks up where Durrell left off in 'Justine' not chronologically, but from a different perspective. The doctor Balthazar has paid a visit to the narrator of Justine, and gives him a text called the Great Intilinear, which details what has already unfolded in the previous novel. The fact that Lawrence Durrell was trying to explore the idea of relativity in the Alexandria Quartet is almost completely inconsequential to what makes it any good. What remains interesting in this text is his rich prose and broad canvas. He his building a world that is situated in both the real and the imaginary. Even as 'Balthazar' devolves into elements of Orientalism, it remains an extremely fine novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/7/2014

    " I first read this book, together with the other three comprising the Alexandria Quartet, in my early twenties and was smitten instantly. It is one of the few books I re-read from time to time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neal Kerrigan | 1/24/2014

    " Extremely well written in terms of imagery. I'm not sure if it's the problem or brilliance of this book that it isn't fluid. It mentions events surrounding Justine without really treading on old ground. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 1/19/2014

    " the rest of this series is a set of intertwining stories set in pre war Alexandria. The city is seductive and the characters intreguing, with the exception of the some time narrator who is the least likeable. Still pompous in parts, but mostly beautifully written and a romping good tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Zahrt | 12/30/2013

    " The second installment of the Alexandria Quartet. Very well done. Referenced in the movie Stranger Than Fiction. Also very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Woodard | 12/14/2013

    " Second volume of Durrell's great quartet. It's not quite as good as Justine, the first volume, but that probably say more about the quality of that book than anything negative about this one. A very good and important book that continues the Alexandria saga nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 12/2/2013

    " I liked the first two volumes of the Alexandria quartet very much, and for two reasons. The characters are to me extremely interesting, and the setting of Alexandria is both exotic and romantic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess Burgess | 11/9/2013

    " Most interesting and best of the Alexandria Quartet, I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 9/19/2013

    " This second book in the quartet filled out the characters somewhat and clarified some ambiguities/mysteries I found from the first book. Durrell's writing is so rich, the location and time so exotic. I really enjoyed this book. On to the third, Mountolive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 6/7/2013

    " Extraodinary!!! Now continuing with Mountolive... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Talkingtowalls | 5/14/2013

    " Almost done, another day maybe. Just as good, maybe better than Justine. Really love it. Incredibly sensory, also thoughtful (thoguh maybe a little too at times). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie Theaker | 12/17/2012

    " Balthazar is strange but he fits into the story in the later 2 books a bit better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Lewis | 8/7/2012

    " Justine continued, lacks intrigue of the beginning but carries along well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana-Catrina | 10/8/2011

    " Much better than "Justine", more interesting, flowed better while reading. Maybe it's because I got used to the style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 3/22/2011

    " This series seems to get better and better with each volume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelo | 2/27/2011

    " Title in portuguese: Baltasar – Lawrence Durrell
    (trad_Daniel Gonçalves )
    Ulisseia ed., 1970
    Lisboa

    - Book to reread for pure pleasure.

    - The second book of the Alexandrian' quartet.

    notes.
    Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell (1960) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 8/6/2010

    " Justine continued, lacks intrigue of the beginning but carries along well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David (Dafydd) | 7/12/2010

    " I first read this book, together with the other three comprising the Alexandria Quartet, in my early twenties and was smitten instantly. It is one of the few books I re-read from time to time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 7/6/2010

    " Second volume of Durrell's great quartet. It's not quite as good as Justine, the first volume, but that probably say more about the quality of that book than anything negative about this one. A very good and important book that continues the Alexandria saga nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 6/22/2010

    " The second installment of the Alexandria Quartet. Very well done. Referenced in the movie Stranger Than Fiction. Also very well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 3/17/2010

    " The second in a four-part series; adds so many unexpected layers to the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/21/2010

    " excellent, much better than justine! "

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