Proust has much to say about relationships and the inner voice that so often guides one. He does so with beautiful writing and descriptions; however, I am discouraged from reading more at this time of the remaining books because it simply takes too much concentration, compared to what one learns. Tolstoy is more my taste. Great insights about Life and relationships, with excellent story telling. It is the later I certainly miss in Proust.
Although the book is way too repetitive for my taste, it does tell the oft told tale that intimacy depends on communication and loving communication can bridge seemingly impossible emotional gaps. The BDSM subject matter is just a dramatic (and at the end of Book One, horrifying) way of introducing how informed trust, patience, respect and love can allow a seemingly impossible emotional gulf between two people to be bridged.
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