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Ed

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  • Sodom and Gomorrah (Cities of the Plain), Part 2

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (4)
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    (4)

    In Sodom and Gomorrah (Cities of the Plain), Part I, the fourth volume of Marcel Proust's monumental, seven volume Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel continues his voyage of discovery through the homosexual world, where the affairs of the ageing Baron de Charlus lead to unexpected and hilarious adventures.

    Edward says: "Great, as far as it goes"
    "Great, as far as it goes"
    Overall

    Consistent with all the other books in this series, this book too is a masterpiece. The writing is unparalleled, the subject matter is fascinating, the narration is classic. But this version leaves out too much.
    What is most fascinating in this book is the author's relationship with Albertine. Everything else is interesting, but the magic happens when the author turns to his feelings on Albertine.
    In the actual book, the last hundred pages is devoted to his growing desire, jealousy, and possessiveness towards his paramour, and provides a natural bridge to the next book, The Captive.
    Unfortunately, this is all left out in this version. The narration ends very abruptly after a fairly inconsequential visit to Madame Verdurin's country home. What is left is still wonderful writing, but the core element is missing.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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