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Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way, Part 1 | [Marcel Proust]

Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way, Part 1

In this first part, Proust paints an unforgettable, scathing and, at times, comic portrait of French society at the close of the19th century, and reveals a profound vision of obsessive love.
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In this first part, Proust paints an unforgettable, scathing, and, at times, comic portrait of French society at the close of the19th century, and reveals a profound vision of obsessive love.

©2008 Marcel Proust (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Alexander Aker Norway 02-07-14
    Alexander Aker Norway 02-07-14 Member Since 2015

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    "THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST HALF OF THE FIRST BOOK"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NEWTON, NJ, United States 12-31-13
    Teresa NEWTON, NJ, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This Is Something Else Entirely"
    If you could sum up Remembrance of Things Past in three words, what would they be?

    No can do...


    What other book might you compare Remembrance of Things Past to and why?

    See above..


    Which character – as performed by John Rowe – was your favorite?

    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.

    WOW!


    Any additional comments?

    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!





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    Aaron 09-06-11
    Aaron 09-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "The picture frame seemed tilted."

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    6/21/15
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    "Surprisingly good!"
    Would you listen to Remembrance of Things Past again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's so well written and observed.


    Have you listened to any of John Rowe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would. He's very good.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes! Swann is unlikeable but you can't help but pity him when he gets a taste of his own medicine.


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  • steven
    8/26/14
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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