. . . by John Rowe. His diction, his sense of the rhythm of the lovely Moncrieff translation, his subtle and often hilarious characterizations in the dialogue passages (contra the review below) make this the finest reading I've ever heard. Roger Shattuck in his commentary on Proust says that hearing the book aloud is the ideal way to experience it. I never knew what he meant until I heard this reading. Please! Can't Rowe read the rest? Like Cheryl, I think that you only have the abridged versions of the other volumes available is a scandal. I've listened to long passages from this reading many times and each time I'm struck again by the beauty of both the prose and the performance.
This is first rate Leonard. The book compares interestingly with the use of these stories in the TV series.
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