The best general study of Proust's 3,000-page work.
(Times Literary Supplement
Genteel and meditative.
Bowie can say more in three sentences than many a scholar in a belabored chapter... This is criticism motivated by intellectual joy, creatively sustained by felicities of expression.
(Victor Brombert Los Angeles Times
Bowie is one of our best living critics.... [His] moving wit sends his reader straight back to the text itself. Which is what criticism should do.
(A. S. Byatt London Daily Telegraph
Each [chapter] challenges traditional interpretations of Proust's handling of these themes, and deepens one's pleasure in and understanding of the novel.... Excellent.
A searching attempt to grasp the nature of Proust's vast project.... Brilliant analyses.
About the Author
Malcolm Bowie is Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of All Souls College. His previous books include Freud, Proust, and Lacan and Lacan: A Modern Master. He reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, Guardian, London Review of Books, and the Times Higher Education Supplement.