Books: Cabal & Kaleidoscope

BALTHAZAR (250 pp.)—Lawrence Dur—rell—Duifon ($3.50).

This important new novel, second of a projected group of four, carries forward perhaps the most exhaustive study of love since Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. In the first volume, Justine (TIME, Aug. 26, 1957), Author Durrell, 46, brilliantly evoked the city of Alexandria, which has festered for 2,000 years between the sun-sparkling Mediterranean and the Egyptian desert. Balthazar covers the same terrain and time span as the first. It is as if the reader were making a return train journey through a landscape he had just crossed—only now he is sitting on the opposite side of...

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