Balthasar's Odyssey, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


There are ninety-nine names for God in the Koran, is it possible that there is a secret one-hundredth name?

In this tale of magic and mystery, of love and danger, Balthasar's ultimate quest is to find the secret that could save the world.

Before the dawn of the apocalyptic 'Year of the Beast' in 1666, Balthasar Embriaco, a Genoese Levantine merchant, sets out on an adventure that will take him across the breadth of the civilised world, from Constantinople, through the Mediterranean, to London shortly before the Great Fire.

Balthasar's urgent quest is to track down a copy of one of the rarest and most coveted books ever printed, a volume called 'The Hundredth Name', its contents are thought to be of vital importance to the future of the world.

There are ninety-nine names for God in the Koran, and merely to know this most secret hundredth name will, Balthasar believes, ensure his salvation.


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A synopsis would make this seem like a great book. It deals with the travels and adventures of a merchant facing the prophesised end of the world in 1666. He goes to places that should be interesting and meets people who should be interesting. Tedious in the extreme.

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A good read particularly for the way Maalouf brings the historical period to life however I found the journal entry format to grow a bit tired after a period. The scope of the novel from Asia Minor through the Ottoman empire to London and back to Genoa is impressive.

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The Year of the BEast is nigh, the end of the world. Balthasar travels through the Ottoman Empire and Europe. I had the recurrent feeling that Amin Maalouf travelled the same route and noted down people's behaviour and then changed what needed to be changed to make it fit the 17th century. I don't know why he wrote this book. It was like eating a dish without salt.

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