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Overall, a most satisfying read, and one that deserves a special 6-star rating.
This is my second time through the budding grove of Proust's great multi-part novel with its crescendo of (unfulfilled) sensuality.
On top of this unhealthily obsessive love, we have his infatuation with Mme Swan, Gilberte's mother.
Hate the cover of this book. Does anyone else notice that her right arm is too long? Anyway, I am a new fan of Proust, and his writing is beyond compare.Published 5 months ago by Deborah Mccain
This was my third reading of Within a Budding Grove. For sheer understanding and illustration of the human mind and heart it is, like all of Proust, unsurpassed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jennifer Anne McCracken
There are a lot of short reviews of this book here, and probably with good reason. How do you talk about someone's thinking, someone's concoscience, and where the plot is almost... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Neri
...and that rush of memories. I read the first volume of "In Search of Lost Time" which is normally titled in English, (Swann's Way) some 25 years ago. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by John P. Jones III
Reading Proust is like drinking good tea. You don't get drunk quickly and don't get fed up quickly.
"Within a Budding Grove" is a fairly Artsy & Crafty translation of "A... Read more
We pick up here, in this second volume of the larger *In Search of Lost Time* with Proust's un-named protagonist at about age 15. Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by Patrick W. Crabtree
This is Volume 2 in Proust's In Search of Lost Time series.
In this volume, the narrator gets close to and then loses his first love, travels to Balbec, makes new... Read more
Proust is an odd one -- an essayist and memoirist whose literary ambitions led him to contemplate, not the reality of things, but rather the disparity between our impressions of... Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Robert E. Olsen