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Sodom and Gomorrah: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 4 (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback – November 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0143039310 ISBN-10: 0143039318 Edition: Deluxe

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Deluxe edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143039318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143039310
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Sturrock is pitch-perfect in Sodom and Gomorrah, equally at home with its intimacies and its bitter comedy...poetic." —The Irish Times

About the Author

Marcel Proust (1871–1922) was the greatest French novelist of the twentieth century.

John Sturrock is a writer and critic who has previously translated Victor Hugo, Stendhal, and Rimbaud. A consulting editor at the London Review of Books, he lives in West Sussex, England.

Christopher Prendergast is professor of French at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of King’s College.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. I. Fowler on May 14, 2009
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Sturrock justifies the editor's (Prendergast's) decision to include him in his lineup of translators. The English (as is the case with the preceding Penguin volumes of In Search of Lost Time) feels fresh, contemporary, and natural, never stilted or forced. Idioms and puns are almost always rendered as well in the English as they must be in the French. Even if you have read the Moncrieff translation, Sturrock and his fellow translators make a return to Proust worthwhile. After the cliffhanger at the end of The Guermantes Way, I couldn't wait to get to Sodom and Gomorrah. Proust and Sturrock deliver an always engaging follow-up.

(A quick note on the book's physical character: I love how Penguin has handled these softcover editions. They are just big enough that the print can be of a legible size. They're a pleasure to hold for long spells of reading. And they're sturdily-enough constructed that the spine need not crease.)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul K. Smith on March 16, 2008
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This new translations features 29 pages of helpful footnotes - limiting the need to constantly turn to Wikipedia for elucidation of Proust's many historical and literary references. The translation is easy to follow.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angela Reads on April 28, 2011
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I'm glad I read this, but it was not my favorite entry in the series, due to the subject matter. Marcel, the narrator, grows up - and learns way more about the sex lives of his friends than I cared to know. Also, a lot of these characters are snobs, hypocritical, and/or manipulative. Fortunately there are a few good ones in the bunch that I could cheer for.

Marcel finally goes to the Princess Guermantes dinner party (the one he was invited to in the last book). There are some funny moments there.

He talks to Swann for one last time.

He comes to terms with his grandmother's death when he travels to Balbec again - without her. He becomes a regular at the Verdurin's house (where Swann met Odette back in book #1) and he gets better aquainted with the Baron de Charlus and the baron's protege, Morel. He spends a lot of time with Albertine and struggles to figure out if he loves her or not.

I enjoyed the writing very much, as usual. Proust's descriptions are a bit long winded, but lovely. Again, I have to say that I love the way Proust shows us what people are thinking and feeling. It's easy to recognize modern day people in some of these characters.

Now, on to book #5!
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3 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Eliane Eisner on October 3, 2008
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It was my first time ordering a book from Amazon, I had a little trouble at first locating the exact place where I was supposed to order, because there so many things you could order, then I had a little trouble making the payment. But the book arrived on time and in good condition. Thank you.
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