It seems the author has a growing distaste for Charlie Chaplin, and especially his politics as the book goes on. This is a good thing. CC was not at all an angel. A sycophant may have varnished over the unpleasantness. Lynn goes into full tilt sneer mode concerning Chaplin in the MacCarthy era. Also good because one gets the full measure of contempt the United States felt for Charlie at this time. Then back to pro Charlie in the last part of the book. Just like the country was. Also lots of peripheral classic hollywood lore.
I finally finished this novel. Has to be the worst book I've ever read. It wonders all over the place. It starts with the author and his childhood, then it goes to this guy Swann and his ridiculous obsession with his mistress Odette, who plays him like a fiddle. Then there is an unbelievably tiresome 3 hr dinner party that goes on for ever in minute detail, with the most insufferably boorish snobs imaginable. Then its back to Swann and his pathetic obsession with Odette. Then back to the narrator. If you have a choice of shooting yourself in the head, or reading this ridiculous waste of time called a "classic"...Anny get your gun.
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