Lawrence Durrell: Balthazar (abridged)

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Lawrence Durrell: Balthazar (abridged)

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26th May 2000




3 hours 56 minutes


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Lawrence Durrell: Balthazar (abridged)

Read by Nigel Anthony

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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 Balthazar, the 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 attempt to explain what really happened between the tempestuous Justine, her husband Nessim, Clea the artist, Pursewarden the writer; new figures emerge and play key roles. Balthazar, in his ‘Interlinear’, explains and warns.

Lawrence Durrell: Balthazar

'A memory catches sight of itself in the mirror'

Balthazar returns with a large packet

The Interlinear - new truths, painful truths

The literary society in the Ptolemaic parlour

Scobie and some secrets

Nessim, Mountolive - and Justine

Balthazar warns Clea

Justine - A painting and a kiss

'The most dangerous thing in the world is a love founded on pity'

Nessim leaves for Karm Abu Girg

Narouz - the younger brother

Their mother, Leila

Leila, once beautiful and rich

A gallop - Nessim confides in Narouz

Nessim leaves for the city

The Interlinear: 'To imagine is not necessarily to invent'

Pursewarden - the writer

Justine - a love affair begins

Love - a whole vocabulary of adjectives

Justine's laughter

Narouz decides to act

Magzub and a vision

Narouz reports to Nessim

The death of Scobie

Pombal's complications

Balthazar's Interlinear continues

The carnival in Alexandria

With dominoes in place, they set out for fun

Toto, Pursewarden, Spumante, Mountolive

An expected surprise - a death

Justine's echo: Time immemorial

Clea reveals her encounter with Narouz

A letter from Clea

A letter from Pursewarden

The oil in the lamp is low

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