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In The Fugitive, the seventh volume of Proust's classic Remembrance of Things Past, the focus is grief. The plot is superficially simple: Albertine, the narrator's mistress, has left him; he considers his love for her, her reasons for departure, what response(s) he should make, and his life. He makes several attempts to manipulate her return; when it becomes impossible, he mourns and remembers the past. This series is a pseudoautobiographical study of the author's own self-centered, physically restricted, self-reflective life in pre-World War I France. In Time Regained, the final volume, Proust gathers together all the themes of the previous seven. The narrator pays several visits to Paris, during and after the war, observing the military and nonmilitary behaviors of old and new acquaintances. Later, he is shocked to recognize that they and he have become old. Finally, his thoughts turn to former events, old loves, and reliving his experiences through writing. The author is known for his complicated thought patterns and recurring, interwoven themes. Unfortunately, both the abridgment and the format compound these textual difficulties. There is likely to be little demand for this abridged French classic in translation, unless it is made into a movie. Neville Jason has a beautiful voice and an obvious love for the text. Recommended for large academic and public libraries. I. Pour-El, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
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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 1 month 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 5 months ago by Jacob M.
I know many will disagree with me but I actually prefer this updated and revised edition of the Moncrieff translation to the new ones being released by Penguin. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mikhail B
Stick with Moncrief original translation except for Past Recaptured where Mayor is the only other translator to equal Moncrief. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very beautiful book. Completely satisfied. Fair warning: some sections require a second reading beacuse Proust has a complicated style. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joshua Simeona