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DURRELL, L.: Balthazar (Abridged)


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DURRELL, L.: Balthazar (Abridged)

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 ahusband Nessim, Clea the artist, Pursewarden the writer; new figures emerge and play key roles. Balthazar, in his ‘Interlinear’, explains and warns.

Disc 1

1.   'A memory catches sight of itself in the mirror' 00:08:16
2.   Balthazar returns with a large packet 00:04:00
3.   The Interlinear - new truths, painful truths 00:03:14
4.   The literary society in the Ptolemaic parlour 00:04:21
5.   Scobie and some secrets 00:12:49
6.   Nessim, Mountolive - and Justine 00:04:47
7.   Balthazar warns Clea 00:04:20
8.   Justine - A painting and a kiss 00:09:44
9.   'The most dangerous thing in the world is a love founded on pity' 00:02:54
10.   Nessim leaves for Karm Abu Girg 00:04:09
11.   Narouz - the younger brother 00:09:25
12.   Their mother, Leila 00:04:30
13.   Leila, once beautiful and rich 00:06:53

Disc 2

1.   A gallop - Nessim confides in Narouz 00:05:58
2.   Nessim leaves for the city 00:05:41
3.   The Interlinear: 'To imagine is not necessarily to invent' 00:12:58
4.   Pursewarden - the writer 00:05:08
5.   Justine - a love affair begins 00:07:55
6.   Love - a whole vocabulary of adjectives 00:13:01
7.   Justine's laughter 00:10:43
8.   Narouz decides to act 00:08:56
9.   Magzub and a vision 00:05:22
10.   Narouz reports to Nessim 00:02:25

Disc 3

1.   The death of Scobie 00:05:58
2.   Pombal's complications 00:07:10
3.   Balthazar's Interlinear continues 00:06:56
4.   The carnival in Alexandria 00:08:48
5.   With dominoes in place, they set out for fun 00:09:05
6.   Toto, Pursewarden, Spumante, Mountolive 00:06:17
7.   An expected surprise - a death 00:07:40
8.   Justine's echo: Time immemorial 00:06:34
9.   Clea reveals her encounter with Narouz 00:07:54
10.   A letter from Clea 00:04:35
11.   A letter from Pursewarden 00:01:40
12.   The oil in the lamp is low 00:05:54

Total Playing Time: 03:56:00

Durrell, Lawrence

Anthony, Nigel

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Catalogue No: NA304612

Barcode: 0730099004626

Boxset: NAX24012

Physical Release: 05/1995

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