ò À la recherche du temps perdu ç Download by Ï Marcel Proust
ò À la recherche du temps perdu ç Download by Ï Marcel Proust Why did Proust have to write a 4000 page novel, especially when there is not any discernable, coherent plot Was it really necessary to have those extended society scenes, some of which lasted for 150 pages or so Couldn t the whole thing have been tightened up a little and cut down to 1000 pages or so I asked myself these questions at various points over the nine months it took me to journey through Proust s masterpiece It was not until the final two volumes and particularly the latter half of Time Regained that it all started to make sense The point Proust is trying to make can only be experienced as opposed to realized intellectually if you have plodded through the seemingly endless series of anecdotes, asides and philosophical musings Proust is trying to tell us how the experiences of our past slip away from our memory Celebrity Death Match Special In Search of Lost Time versus Harry PotterThe francophone world was stunned by today s release of papers, sealed by Proust for 100 years after publication of the initial volume of his famous series, which finally reveal his original draft manuscripts In the rest of this review, you can find out what Proust s books looked like before his well meaning but unworldly editor decided that French literateurs would prefer something slightly different view spoiler 1 Marcel Proust and the Magic CookieTraumatised by years of living in the cupboard under the stairs and never getting a goodnight kiss from Aunt Petunia, Marcel can t remember a thing about his childhood One day, he eats a magic cookie and it all comes back to him.
2 Marcel Proust and the Change of PlanMarcel is briefly involved with Hermione, but decides, after a heavy petting session goes wrong, I took today off work because I need to put everything I own into boxes so I can move tomorrow, but obviously I can t begin doing that until I get some of these obsessive thoughts about Proust out of my system I mean, can I Nope I can t After all, this house is where I read Proust wait, I read Swann s Way before I moved here, which is pretty nuts to think about and so how can I move without reviewing the whole thing I do feel pretty traumatized after finishing this book Sort of shellshocked and confused with all these half formed thoughts and intense inexplicable feelings bouncing around in me, and I don t know what to do with them or myself Yesterday I wound up sitting in my friend s bar explaining Proust s aesthetic theories, but that kind of behavior ll get you kicked out of most places, and is not really becomi In reality, every reader is, while he is reading, the reader of his own self The writer s work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he offers the reader to enable him to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have perceived in himself.
I struggled with Proust, on and off, for three years I read these books sitting, standing, lying down, in cars and on trains, waiting in airports, on commutes to work, relaxing on vacation Some of it I read in New York, some in Madrid, Lisbon, Vienna By now this book functions as my own madeleine, with different passages triggering memories from widely scattered places and periods in my life.
I am surprised I reached the end Every time I put down a volume, I was sure I would never pick up another each installment only promised
This is a book that feels like a hypnotic river that both transports, nourishes, warms and transcends 4211 pages later and I feel like this is a novel I want to read again both immediately and much much later I had barely put down Time Regained and I was, like an orobus, reaching for Swann s Way I m going to chew on my BIG review of ISoLT for awhile I don t know if I m ready to try to explain or even understand t IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSEMarcel eats the madeleine Marcel Oh, that really reminds me of somethingMarcel s friend Oh yes What Marcel I can t quite put my finger on it.
hmmm No, it s gone.
Marcel s friend Oh well It probably wasn t that important.
We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world The lives that you admire, the attitudes that seem noble to you, have not been shaped by a paterfamilias or a schoolmaster, they have sprung from very different beginnings, having been influenced by evil or commonplace that prevailed round them They represent a struggle and a victory Proust is a great teacher This may sound embarrassingly platitudinous, and yet I find that it is a fact altogether too easily overlooked in our incessant praise or bemoaning of his technical achievements as a stylistic innovator Setting aside for a while the whole issue of innovative narrative technique