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Remembrance of Things Past: Volume II - The Guermantes Way & Cities of the Plain (Vintage) Paperback – August 27, 1982
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The Guermantes Way and Cities of the Plain are full of both broad humor and deep sorrow. The treatment of the death of the Grandmother, particularly the way that she slowly retreats in dreams, is one of the most real and affecting sequences of its kind that I can remember in fiction. On the other hand, the comedy of manners at the society parties plays out like a kind of Belle Epoque Sex & the City. Proust skewers the foibles and fables of the relationships of the rich, and often left me chuckling to myself as I read.
The farther I go, the more I find these books to be one of the most memorable reading experiences of my life. Nothing in these books makes me lessen the recommendation that I read after reading Volume I. In fact, I find that my admiration is only increasing as I read.
If you can, try tackling Volume II as quickly as possible after finishing Volume I. It really helps a lot to treat Remembrance as a single book, rather than a series. It also avoids time re-learning the feeling of the Proust prose.
besides. Which is to say, in the age of "What's Kim Kardashian's latest hair color"
sound bite, he's seriously out of sync. It would take a while to read the whole epic
work, but it is worth it. Being a Proust admirer involves PERSISTENCE, a lost quality
nowadays. Tough, slightly overwhelming, somewhat self-absorbed, but with a huge
streak of genius running through it.
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