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Swann's Way ()


    [O]ne must never miss an opportunity of quoting things by others which are always more
    interesting than those one thinks up oneself.
        -Marcel Proust

    Infirmity alone makes us take notice and learn, and enables us to analyze processes which we would
    otherwise know nothing about.
        -Marcel Proust

    Allow me to tell you that even though you are approaching fifty, you've stayed what you were
    when I first knew you, namely a spoilt child.
        -Lionel Hauser, Proust's stockbroker

    The sad thing is that people have to be very ill or have a broken leg in order to have the opportunity
    to read In Search of Lost Time.
        -Robert Proust, Marcel's brother

    My dear friend, I may be dense, but I fail to see why a chap needs thirty pages to describe how he
    tosses and turns in bed before sleep.
        -Alfred Humboldt, Ollendorf publishing house

    At the end of seven hundred and twelve pages of this manuscript, after innumerable griefs at being
    drowned in unfathomable developments and irritating impatience at never being able to rise above
    the surface--one doesn't have a single, but not a single clue of what this is about.  What is the point
    of all this ?  What does it all mean ? Where is it all leading ? Impossible to know anything about it !
    Impossible to say anything about it !
        -Jacques Madeleine, Fasquelle publishing house

    A mother's boy who never really grew up, a part-genuine, part-imaginary invalid totally incapable
    of looking after himself, a reluctant homosexual who may never have known genuine fulfilment, he
    spent his early manhood in Parisian high society and then retired, hermit-like, to his famous
    cork-lined room, where he turned day into night and night into day.
        -John Weightman, Books Unlimited review of Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life

    About a book published only a few months earlier, people never speak to me without mistakes
    proving either that they've forgotten it or that they haven't read it.
        -Marcel Proust

(Reviewed:)

Grade: (D+)

  

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French Literature
Book-related and General Links:
    -Marcel (Valentin-Louis-George-Eugene) Proust (1871-1922)  (kirjasto)
    -ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA : Your search: "marcel proust"
    -ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA : Proust, Marcel
    -Grave of Marcel Proust (Find a Grave)
    -modern library | the proust workout
    -Marcel Proust - anagrams
    -Marcel Proust: A short literary biography
    -The Kolb-Proust Archive for Research (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
    -TempsPerdu.com
    -The PROUST unit of the CNRS
    -Knitting Circle : Marcel Proust
    -Marcel Proust : Ephemera Site (Letters, Articles, Translations)
    -The Marcel Proust Support Group
    -Proust Said That (journal)
    -ONLINE STUDY GUIDE : Swann's Way by Marcel Proust (Daniel Maxwell , Spark Notes)
    -EXCERPT : Chapter One of Marcel Proust by Roger Shattuck
    -EXCERPT : from How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a Novel by Alain de Botton
    -EXCERPT : CHAPTER ONE of  Marcel Proust  A Life   By WILLIAM C. CARTER
    -EXCERPT : Chapter One of Marcel Proust by Edmund White
    -ARTICLE : Proust regains a slot in bestseller lists (Fiachra Gibbons, January 12, 2000, The Guardian)
    -ESSAY : Proust regained (Daniel Mark Epstein, New Criterion)
    -ESSAY : MONSIEUR PROUST'S MASTERWORK (Joseph Epstein, New Criterion)
    -ESSAY : A Short View of Marcel Proust (Edmund Wilson, New Republic)
    -ESSAY : Marcel Proust (Anatoly Lunacharsky (1873-1933), "On Literature and Art")
    -ESSAY : Remember, remember (Economist, 09/25/99)
    -ESSAY : MARCEL AT THE TRANSOM: SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH PROUST'S NARRATOR (Louis Auchincloss, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY : Master of Reveries : Why Proust? And why now? (Sven Birkerts, Atlantic Monthly)
    -ESSAY : IN SEARCH OF  MARCEL PROUST (This City Paris)
    -ESSAY : Raw material of a genius (Euan Cameron, booksunlimited)
    -ESSAY : SUMMER READING; CHEKHOV, TOLSTOY OR PROUST, PROUST, PROUST: WHOSE INFLUENCE IS IT, ANYWAY? (Daniel Halpern, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY : SUMMER READING; READING AND NOTHINGNESS, OF PROUST IN THE SUMMER SUN  (Roy Blount Jr, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY :  FARE OF THE COUNTRY; OF MEMORIES AND MADELEINES (Patricia Wells, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY :  A LA RECHERCHE DE PROUST (Susan Rava, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY : READING AND WRITING (Anatole Broyard, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY : The Year of Writing about Proust (CALEB CRAIN, Lingua Franca)
    -ESSAY : Why Proust? And Why Now?  (DINITIA SMITH, NY Times)
    -ESSAY : In Search of Marcel Proust : UT's Dr. Seth Wolitz Discovered Proust in the Usual Way: Through His Nose (SIDNEY MOODY, Austin Chronicle)
    -ESSAY : Best of friends, worst of  friends : Marcel Proust's work was one of the towering achievements of the 20th century. As a new film based on Time Regained opens, Alain de Botton examines a new volume of his letters  (Alain de Botton, booksunlimited uk)
    -ESSAY : Why I Carry a Torch For the Modern Library (Gary Giddins, NY times Book Review)
    -ESSAY : A NEW GOOD THING : Why Martha Stewart Is the Modern-Day Proust (Charles Mudede, The Stranger)
    -ARCHIVES : "proust" (NY Review of Books)
    -ARCHIVES : Books Unlimited | Authors | Proust, Marcel
    -REVIEW : of REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST. By Marcel Proust. The definitive Pleiade Edition, translated from the French by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin (John Leonard, NY Times)
    -REVIEW : of REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST. By Marcel Proust. The definitive Pleiade Edition, translated from the French by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin (Richard Howard, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW : of  'The Guermantes Way' by Marcel Proust (Rose Lee, NY Times, July 5, 1925)
    -REVIEW : of ON READING RUSKIN. Prefaces to La Bible d'Amiens and Sesame et les Lys with Selections from the Notes to the Translated Texts. By Marcel Proust (John Gross, NY times)
    -REVIEW : of Pleasures and Regrets by  Marcel Proust (Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Unlimited)
    -REVIEW : of MARCEL PROUST. Selected Letters 1880- 1903. Edited by Philip Kolb (Michiko Kakutani, NY Times)
    -REVIEW : of MARCEL PROUST. Selected Letters 1880- 1903. Edited by Philip Kolb  (John Weightman, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW : of The Translation of  Memories: Recollections of the Young Proust from the Letters of Marie Nordlinger by P. F. Prestwich (Alain de Botton, booksunlimited uk)
    -REVIEW ESSAY  : Proust's dearest pleasures : The best of a slew of recent biographies points to the author's conscious self-closeting. (Rick Whitaker, Salon)
    -REVIEW : of Marcel Proust By Edmund White (Peter Ackroyd, NY times Book Review)
    -REVIEW : of Marcel Proust by Edmund White (Greg Varner, Washington Post)
    -REVIEW : of M A R C E L   P R O U S T by   EDMUND WHITE (PETER KURTH, Salon)
    -REVIEW : of Marcel Proust by Edmund White (ANDRÉ ACIMAN, New Republic)
    -REVIEW : of MARCEL PROUST By Jean-Yves Tadie and MARCEL PROUST A Life. By William C. Carter (Roger Pearson, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW : of Marcel Proust: a Life by  William C. Carter (David Bellos, booksunlimited uk)
    -REVIEW : of Marcel Proust: A Life by  William C. Carter (John Gross, booksunlimited uk)
    -REVIEW : of Marcel Proust: A Biography by Jean-Yves Tadié (Alain de Botton, booksunlimited uk)
    -REVIEW : of Marcel Proust by Jean-Yves Tadié (Euan Cameron, booksunlimited uk)
    -REVIEW : of Marcel Proust by Jean-Yves Tadié  (Michiko Kakutani, NY Times)
    -REVIEW : of Marcel Proust by Jean-Yves Tadié  (Stephen Mitchelmore, Spike)
    -REVIEW : of Marcel Proust: A Life  by William C. Carter and Marcel Proust: A Life by Jean-Yves Tadié (SIDNEY MOODY, Austin Chronicle)
    -REVIEW : of PROUST A Biography. By Ronald Hayman (Peter Brooks, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW : of Proust A Biography By Ronald Hayman (Michiko Kakutani, NY Times)
    -REVIEW : of Proust among the Stars by  Malcolm Bowie ( A. S. Byatt, booksunlimited uk)
    -REVIEW :  Roger Shattuck: The Threat to Proust, NY Review of Books
       A la recherche du temps perdu, 1987-1989: Vol. 1 by Marcel Proust and edited by Jean-Yves Tadié
       A la recherche du temps perdu, 1987-1989: Vol. 2 by Marcel Proust and edited by Jean-Yves Tadié
       A la recherche du temps perdu, 1987-1989: Vol. 3 by Marcel Proust and edited by Jean-Yves Tadié
       A la recherche du temps perdu, 1987-1989: Vol. 4 by Marcel Proust and edited by Jean-Yves Tadié
       Marcel Proust by Edmund White
    -REVIEW : of PROUST'S WAY   A Field Guide to 'In Search of Lost Time'  By Roger Shattuck (Richard Bernstein, NY Times)
    -REVIEW : of PROUST'S WAY A Field Guide to 'In Search of Lost Time.' By Roger Shattuck (Peter Brooks, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW : of MARCEL PROUST: A Life  by William C Carter and  PROUST'S WAY: A Field Guide to   In Search of Lost Time  by Roger Shattuck (LUCY HUGHES-HALLETT, Times of London)
    -REVIEW : of The Year of Reading  Proust: A Memoir in Real Time by Phyllis Rose (Alain de Botton, booksunlimited uk)
    -REVIEW : of THE YEAR OF READING PROUST A Memoir in Real Time. By Phyllis Rose (Victor Brombert, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW : of TIME & SENSE Proust and the Experience of Literature. By Julia Kristeva. (Peter Brooks, NY Times Book Review)
 

FILM :
    -FILMOGRAPHY : "marcel proust" (Internet Movie Database)
    -ARTICLE : PROUST IS FILMED AT LAST  (ARTHUR HOLMBERG, NY Times)
    -ESSAY : Making up for lost time : His work is elitist and meditative, but a new film has brought Marcel Proust fresh fame. Andrew Marr revisits the great French author's home to celebrate his comeback (Electronic Mail & Guardian za)

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               The Reader by Bernhard Schlink and translated by Carol Brown Janeway
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Comments:

let me guess what happened here, orrin. you got bored a couple pages in, didn't understand what was happening, and decided that you'd just use others' negative commentary, considering you hadn't understood enough to form your own.

good job on another brilliant review, orrin. another brilliant review, where a commenter overshadows you as a literary genius by comparison. splendid work, my man. keep us amused.

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- May-14-2003, 05:01

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Thanks. I found the last volume in the newer Modern Library edition and I'm going to give it a shot. though with teeth clenched. :)

- oj

- Feb-11-2003, 18:15

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Well, if one doesn't make it through Swann's way and all the rest, then I suppose one won't get the full effect of it, and it will seem a hopeless muddle, but I thought that Remembrance of Things Past was one of the finest literary works I've ever read. Not, perhaps, as a novel--as a novel, it is reported to have a wonderfully fugal structure, but it's so long that one doesn't get the effect of it--but as some other sort of artistic work.

The last volume is particularly moving, and expresses very beautifully (even in translation--my French is too poor to attempt it in the original) a sense of both terrible loss and continuity after the horrors of the Great War. It's the same sort of sentiment you see running through Tolkien, and even the later Waugh, and even though it is not expressed with anything like an economy of words, it is still there, and because of the prodigiously long build-up, the overall effect of those last three hundred pages or so is quite stunning. Very moving.

Or at least, it was to me when I read it in HS. Perhaps it would be different now.

- Tae Jensen

- Feb-11-2003, 13:14

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