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In Search of Lost Time: Proust 6-pack (Proust Complete) Slp Edition
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Among the first things that struck me about this novel is its paradoxical nature: It is both intimate and epic at the same time.Read more ›
First, commit to reading the whole thing, all seven volumes, all million+ words. However if the commitment frightens you (as it should) first read Swann's Love, the middle part of the first volume.
Second, if you commit don't be afraid to take a break and leave the book aside. I began reading it fifteen years ago, and read Swann's Love several times before finally getting a one volume omnibus and reading the whole thing. It took me eight months, during which I freely allowed myself to read other books.
Third, don't read Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life until you're reached the final volume. It's a wonderful book, but if you want to read the Search, then De Botton's little book is a "digestif" that will help you put Proust in perspective.
Fourth, you don't have to read Proust. No one does. If you don't enjoy reading the Search, leave it alone. Proust never liked the title "The Search for Lost Time" and I think he might have actually preferred the now discredited original English translation title "Remembrance of Things Past".* In French Lost Time (Temps Perdu) implies a waste of time, and Proust was very conscious of having wasted the first forty years of his life.
Lastly, I wouldn't worry too much about the translation. I read the Search in French and it struck me that translating Proust wouldn't be much harder than reading him. The essence of Proust's style is not dramatic rhetoric, it is patient and painstaking descriptions and explanations. He wants the reader to understand something very complex and subtle: his or her own self. You'll find the drama in his philosophy.Read more ›
The Modern Library 6 book cased edition by translators Moncrieff, Kilmartin, and Enright, turned out to be more than good; it was a delightful, easy style, not obscure or convoluted; you readily could appreciate Proust's incredibly detailed yet smooth, almost poetic style, with his superb attention to psychological detail in how one thinks, feels and reacts to events and memory. I will not go much into the plot or the literary stature of the book as I am sure it has all been covered elsewhere quite capably. I will say the main theme is the close critical observation of the social life of the era, the pretensions of the very rich and the competing social climbers, and more significantly, the conveying of one's life to such an extent that it almost takes over your own; you may well be lured into taking one reality for the other.
Did I get everything out of the book I could have? No. Why?Read more ›
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this is now in my library, to help with the philosophy research , adrianPublished 10 days ago by A. P. Van Mil
The categories and stars are absurd. It's Proust, yo! Everything as good as anything on Earth, and the updated Kimartin translation great! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Perry Weiner
Answering Amazon's quiz of questions regarding this book is somewhat hilarious. Proust nearly invented written inner-psyche in 1913, and this book continues to inspire generations... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James T Kentfield
If you have the moxie to finish this and the talent to grasp it, you can genuinely expect never to find another book its equal.Published 4 months ago by Johnny Bloodsmoke
It took me a year and a half to finish all seven books (stopping to read other things along the way), but I'm glad I stuck with it! Volume seven pulled so many threads together.Published 7 months ago by Janet M. Madden
"The past is never dead. It's not even past." William Faulkner.
Marcel takes about 3,500 pages to say the same thing. Thank goodness.
I started reading this recently. I began with the older translation by Moncrieff, but that was like wading through sludge. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jacob M.