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Swann's Way
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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8little_paws
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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TFW you're all caught up on the serial you ignored for like 3 weeks 🙈 gotta be honest I don't entirely care for this book, Swann is insufferable and the first half went on and on about not much at all.

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GatheringBooks
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8little_paws
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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Oh hey! It's a heat advisory weekend here and I've got no plans but to stay in the house. I guess I shall unofficially participate in #24in48!

First up, get caught up on a few back issues of my serial reader book.

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Joyfulmimi
Swann's Way (Centenary) | Marcel Proust
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Hi Littens! I have been missing you. I have gotten far behind on my reading lately. I had to make sure to come on and share with you my discoveries today at the Goodwill Store. I almost did not go and I am so glad that I did.

Bklover I have Swann‘s Way and have never read it. Would be a great buddy read book sometime. 😊 3mo
BarbaraBB Hi 🖐 good to see you back! 💕 3mo
Joyfulmimi Hey, My Book Friends! @Bklover @BarbaraBB 3mo
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jveezer
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@lalatiburona @Bookgawker you should read this and make pain d‘espices and madelines for your For Love and Allegory blog. I‘ll serve the tea.

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jveezer
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“How nice it would be to have a little woman like that in whose home one could always find that rare thing, a good cup of tea.”

Leftcoastzen Beautiful pot and cup! 6mo
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nudibranch
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I'm sorry, but I HATE deckled edges. "Why yes, I love interrupting the flow of my reading by having to futz with five gradated page edges at the same time!" ?

OrangeMooseReads 🙌🏽 yes! 7mo
HufflepuffGirl90 Agreed!!! 7mo
scowler1 I'm guessing you all know why they do this, but for anyone who doesn't: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deckle#Deckle_edge 7mo
KarynGood They are the worst! 7mo
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KateFulfordAuthor
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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Mehso-so

OK, so I‘m not going to pretend I finished it, but it‘s worth giving it a go if only to immerse yourself in its dreamy prose for a while.

And if you keep going long enough you‘ll be able to nod sagely when you next hear someone mention Proust‘s madeleines (it‘s not a euphemism and nor were they his girlfriends) which will give the impression that you are a true intellectual.

Chili 🤣 7mo
dalma_st_paul So true💕I also tried and unfortunately left this mission incomplete. Also have Ulysses to conquer (but I know for a fact tha there are some professors at my college never finished either and still teach them - drunken confessions of a lit Prof 😜) 7mo
KateFulfordAuthor “We are not alone” 7mo
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jveezer
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“Il faut que j‘aille entretenir un instant le duc d‘Aumale” One thing I love about literature in translation, and reading multiple translations, is getting the puns. CKSM ignored this one while Davis enlightened me. Now instead of “talking to a man about a horse,” “I must go and look after the Duke of Aumale for a moment.” 😜💦

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jveezer
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Ugh. A peculiar trait of re-readers is hoping something will turn out differently...but of course it can‘t. I just keep hoping Swann will come to his senses and DTMFA Odette. And it is worse on a re-read because you pick up even more details on how miserable he is with her. (initialism credit to Dan Savage. ‘Nuff said)

BarbaraBB I really liked Swann. I was sorry he was less mentioned in other books. 8mo
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jveezer
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Uh oh. This is making me want to read all of the new Penguin translations. That means I‘m on page 332 of 3361 for ISOLT, 725 of 3824 into the Chin P‘ing Mei, and xx of 430 of 3574 of My Struggle. All massive works to read, if I live long enough.

Leftcoastzen Are you enjoying Knausgaard? 8mo
jveezer @Leftcoastzen I really liked the first one. In some ways similar to the Proust, except Proust talks about Bach and Karl Ove about Echo & the Bunnymen. 8mo
Leftcoastzen @jveezer 😂👍 8mo
arubabookwoman I noticed the similarity between Proust and Knausgaard too, and of course find Karl Ove much more accessible than Marcel! 8mo
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jveezer
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J‘s Way...

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jveezer
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Two masterpieces: Cindy Chen's #DaHongPao wulong tea and Proust's Swann's Way. I recommend them together. Just finished the Combray part. So good. So good.

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jveezer
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Finally tackling the new translation (left) of Swann‘s Way. I can‘t really read my French edition but can use it to work out what the two translators have done. I‘ve read the old Moncrieff translation (right) a couple of times. Looking forward to comparing the two.

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RowReads1
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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1. S- Swann‘s Way 2. A- A Farewell To Arms 3. R- Rosemary‘s Baby
4. A- A Cricket 🦗 In Times Square 5. H- Hard Times

#everyletter @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 😁🤓👍🏻 12mo
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Vegamon
Swann's Way (Centenary) | Marcel Proust
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Pickpick

Things have been busy lately as I finished up my last week of school but I found some time to finish this. Proust has an amazing way of being able to show insight to our actions and why we do them. He also has some awesome descriptions of nature. I'm excited to start the next volume.

AshleyHoss820 I‘m working through this one right now! 😄 1y
ReadZenRites Huh, how did I manage to get through European Novel in college without reading any Proust? Is this a good place to start? Any recommendations? 1y
Vegamon @ReadZenRites Honestly, I have no idea if this is a good place to start. As a STEM major, I approach literature as a layman and just read whatever I want. That being said, I did not find his writing particularly difficult. The only recommendation I have is to take your time reading it, his long sentences and description are beautiful but can also cause you to read in a trance. So just stay conscious and savor what you are reading. 1y
ReadZenRites Thanks, that‘s great advice! 😊 1y
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Vegamon
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As someone who is studying pharmacy but spends all his time reading books, this hit pretty close to home!

MayJasper You've been found out ❣ 1y
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Lady47

But even with respect to the most insignificant things in life, none of us constitute a material whole, identical to everyone, which a person has only to go look up as though we were a book of specification or a last testament; our social personality is a creation of the minds of others.

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Lady47

...for without habit our mind, reduced to no more than its resources, would be powerless to make a lodging habitable.

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Ke633
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kricheal
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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Mehso-so

I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't been repulsed by Swann's paranoid jealousy about two thirds through.

Coco I love this app! 2y
kricheal @Coco Right?! 2y
BarbaraBB Are you going to read the next one? 2y
kricheal @BarbaraBB I'm going to try the next one...but probably not for awhile 2y
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Ke633
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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#green is one of my favorite colors. #readingresolutions @Jess7

readordierachel Pretty pic! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love your pic!! 💚💚Tell the Wolves I‘m Home is one of my favorites!! (edited) 2y
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IWriteInTheNight
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1) Swann's Way
2) 5 (1 paternal 4 maternal)
3) Ant
4) Coffee

@jesshowbooks

jfalkens 🖐 2y
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thebluestocking
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#floralcover #riotgrams

Last day of this challenge! I‘ve quite enjoyed participating and seeing all of the creative posts. 💜

BarbaraBB What a beautiful editions you‘ve got there 😍🌻 2y
Booksnchill Oh I own these editions- goal this year is to get beyond Swann‘s Way which I have read twice now!! 2y
ephemeralwaltz Very beautiful! 2y
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thebluestocking @BarbaraBB @ephemeralwaltz Thank you! I love them. 2y
thebluestocking @Booksnchill Confession: I haven‘t read any of them! But I want to. And I keep waiting for the fifth book to come out. 2y
Booksnchill @thebluestocking well I own them and hav only read one so I think it is pretty much the same - they are so pretty as a set!!! Agreed on last one- maybe new translator? 2y
thebluestocking @Booksnchill Probably. Which makes me sad because I really like Lydia Davis. 2y
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EricaReads
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eachwishrezigned
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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I forgot to post my #bookhaul from Monday, but here it is paired with today‘s. Danielewski and up was McKay‘s in Nashville, and Cross and down are from Half Price Books Outlet in Bowling Green.

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kricheal
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New badge 👊 @SerialReader

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IWriteInTheNight
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Just received my copy in the mail(pheww!). I am reading this book for college as part of my Modernist Lit class. I was a tad bit disappointed with the aesthetic of this book as it wasn't looking "new." The pages had a rustic and used feel to them. It's also my most expensive book as I seldom buy, I usually get the cheaper version. So this one will definitely go in "my teacher made my buy this," category. I am enjoying the prose and the story.

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kricheal
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New badge 👊👊 @serialreader

Morr_Books Impressive! 👍 2y
DrexEdit Sweet! I love the serial reader badges. 😊 2y
rabbitprincess My favourite Serial Reader badge! 2y
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kricheal
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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Starting this next on @SerialReader

Caroline2 Ohh this has been on my TBR shelf for yearssss! 😳 be interesting to see what you think of it! 👍🏻 2y
DrexEdit I'll bet @SerialReader is the best way to read this book! 2y
BarbaraBB Good luck! I read a small part (50 pages or so) in between other books. I couldn‘t just read Proust and nothing else 😀 2y
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Taylor
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Pickpick

An endearing work. Lots of heart, poignant observations, and insightful passages, though Proust's meandering sentences, filled with digressions and side notes, can be tricky to wade through. I found it took a good amount of work, and this is supposedly the easiest translation to follow. (Don't get me wrong--I adored this translation; it was very well done, and evident how much passion went into the project.)

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Taylor

"I had no greater desire than to see a storm at sea, not so much because it would be a beautiful spectacle as because it would be a moment of nature's real life unveiled; or rather for me there were no beautiful spectacles except the ones which I knew were not artificially contrived for my pleasure, but were necessary, unchangeable--the beauties of landscapes or of great art."

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BooksForYears
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"The taste was that of the little piece of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray...my aunt Léonie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of tea or tisane. The sight of the little madeleine had recalled nothing to my mind before I tasted it. And all from my cup of tea."
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Bon anniversaire, Monsieur Proust! You may have dunked your madeleines in tea, but I put the tea (matcha powder) right in the cakes. Here's to you! ☕️?

tpixie Where do u but your matcha powder? 2y
BooksForYears @tpixie My local grocery store stocks individual packets and small tins of the powder. 2y
tpixie Thanks. I'll have to look closer at my store then! 2y
Carissa-Green-Reads The green is a bit disconcerting 😉 2y
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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

My first Proust! Some beautiful things he says, and so recognizable. Other parts I cannot relate to myself (the obsessive love for example) but I liked the lyrical way Proust tells about those feelings.
I was a little bit disappointed by the much referred-to scene of the madelines, had to laugh about the part on monocles and am ready to give the second part a try! #1001books

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LeahBergen
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#BooksFromBoxes
I haven't made it all the way through yet, but I like what I've read!
#FolioSociety
#JuneTunz

vivastory Damn, 2 box sets. Folio doesn't mess around 2y
JenP I liked it. Read it a few years ago with a group. But mine was on the kindle 🙂 2y
Cinfhen Oh WOW 💙💙💙I'm interested in Book 4! Have you read that one yet?!? 2y
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emilyhaldi Awesome!!! 2y
tournevis Most people never make it through all volumes in French. I can honestly say I hated Du côté de chez Swann. I have not read all of the volumes. Probably won't. 2y
batsy 🙌 🙌 🙌 😍 2y
shawnmooney Lovely! I am no fan of this work of literature, but that's a lovely set! ❤️❤️ 2y
Izai.Amorim You'll be busy... 😀 2y
LeahBergen @vivastory They don't. 😄 2y
LeahBergen @JenP 👏🏻 How long did your group take to read it? 2y
LeahBergen @Cinfhen No! I've only made it through the first two. 😬 2y
Caroline2 Wowwwwwwwww 😲 what beautiful editions!!!! 😍 2y
LeahBergen @tournevis Oh, did you? I really liked it. 😄 2y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Haha! I know you aren't! 😄 2y
LeahBergen @elkeo They are illustrated with early Parisian photography, too (just so you know 😉). 2y
LeahBergen @Izai.Amorim If I ever get back into them again! 😄 2y
LeahBergen @Caroline2 Thanks! 😘 2y
Simona 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 In Search of Lost Time is on the top spot of my all-time-favorite list and your edition is pure perfection❣️ I'm drooling like a dog ... 2y
JenP @LeahBergen it was an annual read so we had it spaced out over the year 2y
tournevis @LeahBergen In French, it's difficult. The style is not for everyone. 2y
DivineDiana What a gorgeous set! On my dream list! 2y
LeahBergen @Simona Haha! 😘 2y
LeahBergen @DivineDiana Thank you! 😘 2y
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Taylor

Proust. It begins.

I'm going to read these latest translations. Lydia Davis did the first one.

Hobbinol 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Howardsimmons
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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It took me a long time to read this book, as I would occasionally read a few pages before bed. Despite my lazy approach, it still affected me deeply when I'd finished.

Hobbinol His prose style is so rich, a reader can only stand so much in a single sitting. I think he deserves to be savored. I've been reading a volume of his each summer and I'll be finished -- finally-- this year! 2y
Howardsimmons @Hobbinol that's what my partner's doing. He's starting on Sodom and Gomorrah this summer. I'm gonna start Ulysses and when that's over maybe Proust part 2? 2y
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Howardsimmons
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust

"We no longer love anyone else when we are in love"

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readordierachel
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I know this is a classic and blah, blah, blah, but let's be honest. I bought it mainly for the cover.
#judgedbyitscover #marchintoreading
@RealLifeReading

Lacythebookworm I have the same copy! Love it! 😍 3y
Stephykitten Everytime I hear this title I think Lorelai Gilmore... any other Gilmore Girls fans out there? 😉👋 3y
DeborahSmall I need this. Stunning 😍 3y
readordierachel @Stephykitten Totally! I was actually thinking of reading it to satisfy the challenge of reading something from the Rory Gilmore list, but it's a little daunting, haha. 3y
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shawnmooney
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Lindy Do you remember what disgusted you? I found it pretty tame. 3y
shawnmooney @Lindy First of all, a big thank you for all of your disagreeing but not at all disagreeable comments tonight – I'm not sure I'll get them all answered quickly. For this one, though: The sharp turn in the protagonist's feelings for the woman, from adoration to loathing, the way that was written out, it just made me sick to my stomach, the psychology of it. I could not continue. I had to read 3 1/2 volumes to end up in an Oprah episode? :) (edited) 3y
Lindy I understood that to mean he began loathing himself, reflected outward. Now you have made me want to look at critical interpretations of it. Hmmm. 3y
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shawnmooney @Lindy Basically, I enjoyed the first volume a lot, maybe some of the second, and it was all downhill from there. Just a little too psychologically self-absorbed over however many thousand pages for my liking. :-) A little too precious. 3y
Lindy It was an infatuation, based on his own fantasies, not reality. He was angry when that house of cards collapsed. 3y
Lindy Self-absorbed, yes definitely. 3y
shawnmooney @Lindy More than a decade later, my memory is dimming, but I do remember that vaguely: I just knew I could not suffer through several more hundred pages of narration of however he might reassemble his dainty psyche thereafter. 3y
shawnmooney @Lindy A more positive note, have you ever read any of Lydia Davis's short fiction? I've read very little, but it totally wowed me. I'd much rather dive into that than her or anyone else's translations of Proust. (edited) 3y
Lindy @shawnmooney Dainty psyche - well put! And yes, I've enjoyed Lydia Davis' short stories. (We are in agreement there. 😊) 3y
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LeahBergen
Swann's Way (Centenary) | Marcel Proust
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Hobbinol O👏🏻M👏🏻G👏🏻❗❗❗I certainly did! And I wouldn't have known about it if it were not for you. You're the best book buddy ever! 3y
shawnmooney I saw it too – the footage was fascinating! But please don't tell @Hobbinol that I read 3 1/2 volumes of the 5-volume English translation that came out a little over a decade ago (multiple translators, including Lydia Davis) before quitting in disgust. I'm not a Proust fan… ❤😍❤😍 3y
Hobbinol @shawnmooney I'm sure he realizes that Proust's multi page sentences are not for everyone! And he reads only a single volume of Proust each summer-- the last volume will be read this July and then that's it for a while. 3y
shawnmooney @Hobbinol You're my hero. From now on every time I bite into a madeleine I will reflexively bow down to you. ❤ (edited) 3y
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sprinkledwithwords
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24in48 is this weekend and I'm finally participating whoo! This is my TBR, all for university and o need to get them all read this weekend haha! *screams* Well, I need to read at least 90 pages of both of the Proust novels so there we go! #24in48 #tbr

Weaponxgirl Just saw you on the #24in48 website and saw your based in Norwich too. Hope you don't mind the follow 😀 3y
sprinkledwithwords @Weaponxgirl not at all! Always fun to find someone in the same place as you! 3y
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jdtchicago

What agony he suffered as he watched that light, in whose golden atmosphere were moving, behind the closed sash, the unseen and detested pair, as he listened to that murmur which revealed the presence of the man who had crept in after his own departure, the perfidy of Odette, and the pleasures which she was at that moment tasting with the stranger.
And yet he was not sorry that he had come;

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Clemireads
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Now all the woods are black, but still the sky is blue.

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AlexandraGriffin
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
Pickpick

Listening to the audiobook, it is a little slow at first but picks up in the latter half of the story. I can see how some people may not like it, as it kind of follows a stream of consciousness type of writing, but personally I enjoyed it.
I was a bit confused at one point if Swann was the narrator of the story, or someone else was telling Swann's story.
While I enjoyed the story, it may have been better had I read it instead.

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Driftglass Proust was going to be my summer read this last year but ended up skipping. Been wanting to read those for a while. 3y
AlexandraGriffin @Driftglass if it weren't for the audiobooks I don't know when I'd get to them, and I definitely want to listen to the next one. 3y
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Marie_KN
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It's rainy. It's cold. It's time for tea ☕ and lemon. 🍋 I am traveling. 🚝 Trying to catch playoff games. ⚾ Not a good time to dig into Proust....but I'm working my way thru. BTW. Loving Litsy....love you peeps! 😘 Happy October!🍁

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Kkhalifeh
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Hello. My name is Kaisha and I'm a Proustitute. Yes, I have a Proust Problem (this isn't even all of them). If you love poetry or Zen-like observations on the mundane I couldn't recommend Proust highly enough. Read Pico Iyer's NYRB article: http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2013/12/24/proust-accidental-buddhist/

LeahBergen "Proustitute"! ?❤️ 3y
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We_are_all_med_here
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Books and bookmarks, the best gifts. ❤📚🎁

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broomperson
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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my daughter's new pajamas

BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 3y
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Marie_KN
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust

Yes, why not Proust?

Suzze I think I read that.......maybe 40 or so years ago and I remember NOTHING about it. Not. One. Thing. 😜 3y
Marie_KN @Suzze ha ha! He's not for everyone. I read "The Prisoner" and want to read his whole series. He is an amazing writer. I would recommend anyone wanting to write to read parts and get familiar with his style. It's like entering a virtual reality 3y
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