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I thought the 'part 1' in the title referred to this being the first book of À la recherche du temps perdu, It's not - Swann's Way is split into two parts. That being said, I thought the performance by John Rowe was amazing. As for the book - well, no wonder it's considered one of the greatest pieces of literature. I'm listening to this while at work, and even though I sometimes drop out and aren't paying attention every now and then, the writing is so amazing just listening to the words and sentences is a reward in itself.
I will definitively come back to this book.
No can do...
Ah yes. I am dead certain no one will surpass John Rowe's performance. Ever. This is an effortless, virtuoso reading. I can't properly praise this sublime synthesis of actor and author.
I can't find a complete recording of Remembrance by Rowe online?!?!???..
Is that possible? (Teresaakrueger@gmail.com) You Have A Friend Forever if you can help!
I stared at it until my eyelids felt heavy. It may be that it is a beautiful picture, and I know my mother would like it, but I couldn't bring myself to feel its greatness no matter how hard I tried.
I only listened to one part of this - the story of Swann falling in love with Odette de Crecy - which was absolutely brilliant. I have to be honest - I ditched it after that - life's too short, etc etc.
It's so well written and observed.
No, but I would. He's very good.
Yes! Swann is unlikeable but you can't help but pity him when he gets a taste of his own medicine.
"Attraction despite no action"
This has often been called the greatest book ever written. There is a play on words because it is indeed great – Part 2 alone makes War and Peace look like a pamphlet. I read only the first book of the first tome – Swann’s Way. But it is great literature even in translation.
Where else can an author spend most of the first hundred pages on the thoughts of a boy deciding whether or not to get out of bed? Where else can an entire chapter be dedicated to the author’s recollection of a single type of flower?
Proust’s imagery and imagination are simply beyond equal. His evocation (for example) of flowers, smells, sights, village people, emotions from (his) childhood are fascinatingly real and engrossing. His eye for detail is matched only by his command of language which paints vast landscapes and microscopic grains of pollen with equal panache.
There is almost no plot, yet the characters are fascinating and the book is compelling because one is allowed to observe a great master at work.
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