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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
Wow, well done. The complete set (in French) plus all kinds of info like lists of characters, places, a section that puts events in historical context and more. Comes with an interactive table of contents and photographs. I'm really impressed. A great use of the ebook format at a superb price.

I'm not French, so I use a French dictionary to help me along. I was surprised to find out that the French Dictionary I have--if not all lexicons (Dictionnaire Electronique du Francais, Lucas Nicolato) works with it automatically. You just get it and put it on your Kindle and voila, the Proust connected to it when needed. I have the Kindle Keyboard--if that matters, I don't know.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
Le meilleur c'est que vous pouvez (si vous n'etes pas Francais)avoir a votre portee un dictionnaire (Kindle - Archived Items) pour chercher les mots que vous ne savez pas. De plus, lire Proust en francais - c'est presque...magique. Un livre numerique d'excellent qualite.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
I bought the Modern Library translation for kindle so I could read it a second time without having to handle the six fat volumes, which I had given away anyway. When I saw this French edition for next to nothing, I picked it up too, so I could see the original French whenever I wanted to. It's a nice edition for the most part, and includes some editorial matter and illustrations.

A couple of things:

I don't think it's the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade edition. At least I don't see any sign that it is. That means it doesn't represent the latest efforts in Proust scholarship. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Also, the last title in the series, Le temps retrouvé, doesn't appear correctly in the table of contents. It's there, but it's buried under Albertine disparue, as if it were just some additional chapters under that title.

Still, on balance, well worth a download.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2013
I just downloaded this French edition. For a song! And, following the advice of one reviewer, I also downloaded the French Dictionary (all in French). Although it's been nearly 50 years since I last took French (and attempted to read Proust for a French course), I opened the e-book and found it not only easy to read but absolutely amazing to have it recognize the French dictionary, which provided me with instant useful information.

Thank you, Amazon! Thank you fellow reader for your advice on the French dictionary. (And by the way, there was no need to change anything in order to get the dictionary to respond instantly, when I pressed a word I wanted explained.)

In my retirement I'm going to enjoy the luxury of good literature. Whether in excellent translation or in the original. I'm thinking of reading Proust in English (using a real book), while referring to the Kindle e-book in the original French - whenever I feel like it.

I love words. I love when they are strung together beautifully by someone who really knows the language. I love being retired and having "time" - time to read and ponder, whether it's a book or events of my own life.

By the way, one person defined "psychotherapy" (my former profession) as "a necessary waste of time". That could describe Proust's "oeuvre" and his life. It could describe retirement - if you really allow yourself to relish the time you have left to waste.

I begin to wonder if Zen or Enlightenment is simply a fruit of old age: I've pondered that lately.

Fare forward, fellow traveler! Whether with Proust or on your own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2013
A complete, well presented edition of the world's greatest novel. A TREMENDOUS VALUE so much more satisfactory than the ebook competitors
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I am compelled by the American kindle fire HD keyboard to review this book on ENglish whereas I do not think that anyone who is not thoroughly francophone should attempt it. It is an extraordinary, incomparable, masterpiece which I read with growing admiration after delaying doing so for more than 50 years. I did grow impatient with the narrator and his disgraceful and unseemly jealousy.
But the defects of the book are with the reader.
The kindle edition is most useful one can only deplore some errors in the notes which appear to have been taken uncritically from Wikipedia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2015
Cet ouvrage, c’est un de plus importants de la littérature française, et probablement de la littérature en génerale, ça veut dire: de tout les temps, dans n’importe quelle langue.
Sa profondeur et la sensibilité transmise par chaque page est égale a voir la vie pour la première fois à travers un microscope, ou bien, à travers un télescope-microscope, si ça existerait. Fortunément, l’édition est très bonne et permet de faire une lecture agréable et continuelle.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
This is a difficult but enjoyable read providing you have the fortitude to persevere. Many of the attitudes expressed in these volumes may be seen as repellent to the current reader with homophobic, sexist and anti Jewish sentiments widely spread throughout.. However the language is beautiful, the ideas interesting and sometimes profound, and the detailed descriptions and explanations of the intricate class system truly intriguing. There is much multi-layered personality analysis seeking to explain and justify the sometimes bizarre behaviour of key characters. Some of it is revelatory, but to today's reader some of it is wide of the mark. For example It is difficult to warm to a protagonist who virtually imprisons his girlfriend because he fears that if he let's her circulate freely in society her suspected lesbian tendencies will overcome her, as is the case in Sodom and Gomorrah. However taken on balance a truly good read.
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on March 26, 2015
'A la Recherche du Temps Perdu' demande l'effort de terminer la lecture de toute l'œuvre. Une seconde lecture partielle ou fragmentée est alors possible et fructueuse.
Un relecture continue de toute "la Recherche' en une période de quelques semaines , est une expérience intense, émouvante et très personnelle, permettant de mieux connaître les personnages, de vivre leur évolution, de saisir la structure du récit et la force de la philosophie proustienne.
L'excellente édition Kindle facilite et la lecture ininterrompue et la lecture fragmentée qui peut se faire à tout moment et en tout lieu, sans toutefois remplacer le livre car "la vue de la couverture d'un livre déjà lu a tissé dans les caractères de son titre les rayons de lune d'une lointaine nuit d'été".
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on September 11, 2014
I read the whole 7 volumes twice when I was much younger! It marked my appreciation of literature, my way of writing in French and my understanding of the complexities of human nature.
Few authors have dug into their personae's mind. One never forgets the characters, however minor and to this day I relate most of what I read in terms of this work.
I will say however that as one grows older (70 +) one feels more in a rush to read what`s comes out or has come out in the past and Proust's style becomes a bit tedious and `affecté`.
Still a great and must read.
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