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SWANN'S WAY (Modern Classics Series)
SWANN'S WAY (Modern Classics Series): In Search of Lost Time (Du Ct De Chez Swann) - Philosophical and Aesthetic Masterpiece that Titillated Even Virginia Woolf's Desire for Expression | Marcel Proust
This carefully crafted ebook: "SWANN'S WAY (Modern Classics Series) is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. When the night falls, the unnamed narrator finds it difficult to reign in his galloping thoughts. Night for him means profound loneliness and also the only time when his thoughts and memories come back unbidden, often waking him up in the middle of the night. His thoughts involuntarily go back his past, his country home in Combray and the people who once populated that time... "For a long time I used to go to bed early. Sometimes, when I had put out my candle, my eyes would close so quickly that I had not even time to say "I'm going to sleep." And half an hour later the thought that it was time to go to sleep would awaken me; I would try to put away the book which, I imagined, was still in my hands, and to blow out the light; I had been thinking all the time..." Marcel Proust (18711922) was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel la Recherche du Temps Perdu (1913-1927). He is considered by English critics and writers to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff (18891930) was a Scottish writer, most famous for his English translation of most of Proust's la recherche du temps perdu, which he published under the Shakespearean title Remembrance of Things Past.
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merelybookish
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And so it begins....mornings sith Marcel.

JenniferP I read this over a year several years back and absolutely loved it. One of my best reading experiences, despite getting lost sometimes and bored sometimes. Enjoy! 1w
Vansa I'm reading this series too! 15 minutes every day! 1w
sarahbarnes 🥳🥳🥳 1w
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TheLudicReader Brave! 1w
merelybookish @JenniferP That's encouraging to hear, and relatable. 🙂 Im hoping to read the entire series this year but will see. I read a bit each morning with my coffee and am enjoying so far! 1w
merelybookish @Vansa Nice! I'll be sure to check in on your progress. How far are you? 1w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Invitation is still open to join! 😀 1w
merelybookish @TheLudicReader We'll see! Im not opposed to bailing if it gets too burdensome. 1w
sarahbarnes I‘m going to do it! Or at least I intend to - I‘m adding it to my stack of long books that have been lingering half finished on my shelf for the past year that I want to finish in 2023. 😃 1w
Ruthiella Bonne chance! 👍 1w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes How far did you get last time? It is definitely slow going for me. I find I can only do a few pages and best in the morning. 1w
merelybookish @Ruthiella Merci! 🇫🇷 1w
BarbaraBB Good luck. For me it was hard work at times, it took me several years to finish it but I am very glad I did! 1w
sarahbarnes I‘ve only made it about halfway through Swann in Love. 😬 It was the same for me - I usually had to read it in the morning and could only read a few pages at a time. 1w
Vansa @merelybookish not very far in!5% of the series,according to my Kindle-describing the idiosyncratic behaviour of a Mr.Legrandin! I find some of his descriptions really beautiful and the way he articulates particular....feelings are so insightful! 1w
Centique I hope you enjoy it! I might have already told you but I ended up mixing audio with print for this and it really helped me to switch when I felt a bit bogged down in it. 6d
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Vansa
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BarbaraBB Proust… such a trip! 2w
Vansa @BarbaraBB I'm aiming to make my way through In search of lost time, 15 minutes of reading a day! I usually end up reading for more than 15 minutes a day because it's quite immersive. Do I find it wordy many times? Yes. Do i still think it's worth it for his luminous writing every now and then? Also, yes! 2w
BarbaraBB I agree it is very worth it even though it sometimes boring. I read 20 pages a day or so I remember. But I felt ao proud when I finished them! 2w
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Vansa
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This is such a stunning sentence

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Taylor

Whether it is that the faith which creates has dried up in me, or that reality takes shape in memory alone, the flowers I am shown today for the first time do not seem to me to be real flowers.

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Taylor

Even I preferred cream cheese when it was pink, when I had been allowed to crush strawberries in it. And these flowers had chosen precisely the color of an edible thing, or of a delicate embellishment to an outfit … one of those colors which, because they offer children the reason for their superiority, seem most obviously beautiful to the eyes of children, and for that reason will always seem more vivid and more natural to them[.]

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Vansa
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Did Swann just invent air quotes?!

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Vansa
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Bibliomania
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"After luncheon the sun, conscious that it was Saturday, would blaze an hour longer in the zenith,..." - Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

What's your favourite weekend reading place? Here's Woman Reading by American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam (1859-1935) #BooksInArt

#books #bookquotes #weekendreads #weekendreading #bibliophile #amreading #booktime

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LindaLappin
Swann's Way (Centenary) | Marcel Proust
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“And half an hour later the thought that it was time to go to sleep would awaken me; I would try to put away the book which, I imagined, was still in my hands, and to blow out the light; I had been thinking all the time, while I was asleep, of what I had just been reading“

truthinfiction Such a mesmerising quote and a beautiful picture. ❤️ 11mo
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LindaLappin
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My favorite place for reading Proust
@EadieB

EadieB Nice! Looks very comfortable! 11mo
LindaLappin @EadieB it is & quiet too 11mo
EadieB @LindaLappin Are you reading from #1001books to read before you die? I‘ve read about 250 of the books. I enjoyed a good many of them. (edited) 11mo
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LindaLappin @EadieB thanks for your msg. I am new to Litsy - where can I find the #1001 list? Just re-reading a book I loved from senior year French class when we read excerpts from the overture and have turned to periodically for decades. 11mo
EadieB @LindaLappin First of all, welcome to Litsy! You can google “1001 books to read” to find info or use #1001books on Litsy to find people who are reading the books. There is also a list on Goodreads.com or https://www.listchallenges.com/1001-books-you-must-read-2018 and you can check off the books you have read. Don‘t hesitate to tag me if you need anymore help. 11mo
truthinfiction Welcome to litsy, Linda! It's a warm community. You will love it here. 😃❤️ 11mo
TheSpineView @LindaLappin Welcome to Litsy! 💖🤩📖📘 11mo
TheSpineView @EadieB Thanks for Tagging me!🧡🏷 11mo
EadieB @TheSpineView You're welcome!
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LindaLappin @EadieB just learning about the list now, thank you
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LindaLappin @EadieB thank you. It's good to know. 11mo
LindaLappin @truthinfiction 🌹 🙏 😁 11mo
LindaLappin @TheSpineView thank you! 11mo
EadieB @LindaLappin You're welcome! Enjoy your reading! 11mo
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008. Marcel Proust: ISOLT vol 1: The Way By Swann‘s (1913, tr. Lydia Davis, 2004)

Something of a mountain to climb, with this being merely the set-up of the story to come. But throughly enjoyed a daily session, taking a leisurely stroll through the past, soaking up the details.

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rakeshpm

On page 28. Reading Proust day 1. The introduction was really sublime and surreal.

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owennnnnnnnnn
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust

Finished ca. 7/13, 5/5

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Booksnchill
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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Here are my top reads of 2020 with the tagged book standing in for the 7 volumes of #Proust2020 year long read. Interesting reading year for me with several top reads published well before 2020 but these are the ones that will stay with me- most of the many 2020 published books I purchased I did not read- time to get to those in 2021 as apparently I need to stare at a book on my shelves for awhile🤷‍♀️ Anyway these are the top of 2020.

BarbaraBB So many good ones. Did you finish Proust within the year? That is so impressive! It took me three years 😃 2y
candority I wanted to read Ducks, Newburyport all year but I‘m so intimidated by it. Maybe I‘ll finally pick it up in 2021 2y
Booksnchill @BarbaraBB I did finish it but switched back and forth between the audio and physical books when I was walking or on long drives- It was excellent to listen to when walking along my own “Stones River Way”! 2y
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Booksnchill @candority I loved it but parceled it out in 60 page blocks and took several weeks to finish it- not that it was slow or boring but simply I like to read several books at a time and I couldn‘t really drag a 1100 page book with me everywhere! Hope you give it a go when you are ready- Happy 2021! 2y
BarbaraBB That sounds fantastic indeed! 2y
candority I may have to try breaking it into blocks as well 😊 2y
lauraisntwilder I just read Earthlings. It was wild! So different from Convenience Store Woman and yet so similar. 2y
Booksnchill @phyhill i was unsure about it as I read it but it has 100% stayed with me- I agree different from CSW but absolutely the same author! 2y
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jveezer
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Proust‘s memory was not just madeleines and tea; he also mentions pain d‘épices, or gingerbread. So I had to make some to go with my tea...

LindaLappin a fabulous new translation -- tho I am still partial to Moncrieff
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katelucia
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chai & madeleines with proust 🤍🤍🤍

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Bibliobear
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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“The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is.“

Remembering my favourite neurasthenic, Marcel Proust, on his birthday.

BarbaraBB Such a wonderful quote 💕 3y
KarouBlue ♥️ 💜💚🧡 3y
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arubabookwoman
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#top6reads Through 6/30, I‘ve read 66 books, and Swann‘s Way was the only 5 star read. The next 5, all 4 star reads (no 4 1/2 star reads) would be Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, Night Theater by Vikram Paralkar, Malice by Keigo Higashino, Cherry by Nico Walker, and Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. Runners up (also 4 star) would be After the Fire by Henning Menkell, Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy Hughes, and maybe👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

arubabookwoman The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. And two 4 star NF books were Midnight in Chernobyl and A very Stable Genius. #Liz_M. (edited) 3y
Tanisha_A Great list! Another screenshot. 😁 3y
BarbaraBB Great selection! 3y
batsy Cather's Archbishop also on my list! And Fever Dream is a brilliant book. 3y
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PaulAndrus
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"I don't deny it," answered Swann in some bewilderment. "The fault I find with our journalism is that it forces us to take an interest in some fresh triviality or other every day, whereas only three or four books in a lifetime give us anything that is of real importance."

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PaulAndrus
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But then, even in the most insignificant details of our daily life, none of us can be said to constitute a material whole, which is identical for everyone, and need only be turned up like a page in an account-book or the record of a will; our social personality is a creation of the thoughts of other people. Even the simple act which we describe as "seeing someone we know" is to some extent an intellectual process. We pack the physical outline of..

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GatheringBooks
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Palimpsest
Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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Aside from perhaps some poetry and Shakespeare, I don‘t think I‘ve read anyone who can capture the singular beauty of an image in time using all senses more gorgeously than Proust. There were moments in this book, especially in Combray and again in Place-Names•The Name where I wanted to dissolve into the scene. I think someone‘s review on Goodreads said it best, that this is an ontological look at love as even as it tore me apart, I liked it.

Freespirit Wow great review! 3y
Booksnchill So great- we have a #Proust2020 readalong- just finished V.2 and on to Guermantes Way. His voice pulls me along through my isolation days- almost feel like the narrator- confined but noticing everything. I have found it a joy! 3y
Palimpsest @Freespirit thanks! I really enjoyed this book. 3y
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Palimpsest @Booksnchill oh, I would love to join #Proust2020 and I have the set, but I don‘t think I can get through Within a Budding Grove that quickly. I could try. Thanks for sharing that info with me. 3y
Booksnchill @Palimpsest we haven‘t set any schedule- generally 2 months per book- I was a bit behind myself- I‘ll tag you in the posts if you are interested🥰 3y
Palimpsest @Booksnchill Yes, that would be great! Thanks so much! 😊 3y
BarbaraBB Kudos for finishing it! Looking forward to your reading the next one! 3y
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Mtroiano
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Proust lives up to the hype. I loved this beautifully written book ❤️
#24b4monday

Butterfinger I enjoy reading classics too, but haven't read Proust. 3y
Andrew65 A great time 👏👏👏 3y
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Mtroiano
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Current stack for #24b4monday I‘m hoping to finish today.

Social distancing day 15

Andrew65 A great time 👏👏👏 3y
SheReadsAndWrites Love the mug!! Where is it from? I collect those from every city I visit- I love them! ❤️ 3y
Mtroiano @SheReadsAndWrites this one is Pittsburgh. We collect them too though mostly my husband brings them home from business trips 3y
SheReadsAndWrites ❤️☕️ 3y
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Mtroiano
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Happy Friday, y‘all! #booksandbeer #24b4monday

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Mtroiano
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It‘s hot enough to get the water hose out! ☀️☀️☀️

Social distancing day 14

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Mtroiano
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This one has been in my TBR for quite a while. It feels good to finally start it!

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Lcsmcat
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Happy birthday @Palimpsest I hope it‘s a day to make memories.

Palimpsest @Lcsmcat Thank you so much! It is so thoughtful of you to send me this posting. I love the madeleines! I will try to make it a happy day. Your thoughtful gesture truly means so much to me. 😊 3y
AmyG Happy Birthday! 🎂🎉🎈🎁 3y
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Palimpsest
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Keeping with #keepLitsypositive my Christmas cactus is in bloom this week and I saw that @ValerieAndBooks has shared a picture of hers, so I wanted to share mine as well. I‘m still loving this book!

Linsy Beautiful! 💕 3y
diovival So pretty! 3y
Leftcoastzen 👍Beautiful! 3y
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BookishMe Cheerful colour! 3y
squirrelbrain Lovely! 💕 3y
ValerieAndBooks I love it 💗 💕 !! Thanks for sharing yours 😊 3y
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 3y
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Palimpsest
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I recently started reading Swann‘s Way and am enjoying the reminiscing and the pace. I took this picture on a walk in the woods today. I was surprised to see the fern because it‘s only in the 40s Fahrenheit where I live. I love ferns, all plants really, and this was a much needed moment. #keeplitsypositive

Litsi I happened across this as an audio book and was super impressed by the opening chapter. This is one where I can‘t decide whether I should listen deeply to it without the noise of reading or whether I should steep in the ink. It was so beautiful. 3y
Palimpsest @Litsi I‘m only through the first chapter as well. Whichever way you choose, I‘d say you can‘t go wrong. I agree it‘s beautiful prose. 3y
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rachelk
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I have finally started the book that‘s been on my TBR most of my life. Thanks @TheAromaofBooks #BookSpin for the game that‘s getting me to do it!

TheAromaofBooks Wow, I'm honestly a little honored to be the final nudge to read it!! 3y
rachelk @TheAromaofBooks Let‘s hope I really get through it🤞 3y
TheAromaofBooks You got this!! 3y
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Lcsmcat It‘s so worth the time and effort! 3y
rachelk @Lcsmcat @TheAromaofBooks Thanks for the encouragement! 3y
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Centique
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I finished this last night @Booksnchill #proust2020 and I have to thank you for the impetus to keep at it. I found this slow going at times - but there were such treasures in here to be uncovered - ideas Proust illuminates slowly but in depth. He really does capture interior moments in a profound way - such as the way in which a taste or smell takes you back in time or how the idea of a place or a person can be more thrilling in your mind than ⬇️

Centique it is in reality. I want to re-read this and be able to luxuriate in the descriptions - I feel I will actually enjoy it more on a second reading now that I‘ve acclimatised to his style . 4 stars from me now but I might very well turn that to 5 because I think it will stay with me. 😍 3y
Cinfhen Beautiful review 3y
Centique @Cinfhen thank you lovely Cindy 😘 3y
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LauraBrook What an excellent review! I wish I had a copy to start reading right now. 3y
Booksnchill @Centique i think you are correct as I have now read Swann‘s Way 3 times and your description of aclimatizing to his style is apt. So pleased you found joy in it and thank you for your lovely review!🥰☕️🕰 3y
Cathythoughts Excellent review & such lovely covers ✨✨✨✨✨ 3y
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arubabookwoman Don't you wish you could visit Combray in the spring? See the flowering hawthorne and all the other spring flowers? Eat a meal prepared by Francoise? Watch the street scene with Aunt Leonie? Visit the medieval churches? Walk the Meseglise Way? Proust makes it all so real and vivid and sensual and lush. 3y
Lcsmcat I‘d say yes to all but watching with Aunt Leonie - I think she‘s better from a distance than face to face! 😀 3y
Booksnchill I‘d like to see how mad I could make her!🤣 3y
KarouBlue I‘d just love a cup of tea with Francoise!! 3y
Centique You‘re so right! I want to walk Guermantes way and see the hawthorn and the churches and maybe have a chat to the gardener and Francoise while she is plucking a chicken and he is bemoaning the government. 😍😍 3y
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Booksnchill
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Well I finished this lovely volume today and am in agreement with @Lcsmcat I wanted to start v.2 immediately. The picture shown is from the book “Paintings in Proust” which I recommend- it is organized chronologically. “The places we have known do not belong solely to the world of space in which we situate them for our greater convenience” Proust searches in reality for memory‘s pictures. Lush and compelling- we read on.

rubyslippersreads I am so behind, but am glad to know Littens are enjoying this, for when I finally get to it. 😊 3y
Booksnchill @rubyslippersreads it has been around for over 100 years so it will wait for you!🥰 3y
Lcsmcat @rubyslippersreads And the discussions will still be here in Litsy to refer to or comment on. (I often go back and read old threads on a book I‘m reading.) (edited) 3y
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rubyslippersreads @Booksnchill @Lcsmcat Thanks for the encouragement. 😊 3y
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TheBookStacker
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I have decided to dedicate my year to reading classics. Steinbeck, Pushkin, Proust, Austen, Etc etc etc. (dabbled with my #BOTM choices) currently reading this and watching the new CNN show The Windsors.

Lcsmcat Join in the discussions with #proust2020! We‘re just finishing Swann‘s Way. 3y
TheBookStacker @Lcsmcat I just got my copy today! I will try to catch up! 3y
Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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rubyslippersreads @TheBookStacker @Lcsmcat I‘m glad I‘m not the only one who will be catching up. 😊 3y
Aimeesue So pretty! (edited) 3y
BarbaraBB Good luck with the Proust! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm What an elegant edition! 3y
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Lcsmcat
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I‘ll be thinking about this one for a long time. The prose is so beautiful, but so dense that I thought I‘d welcome the break between volumes imposed by the #Proust2020 schedule. But once I got going I couldn‘t stop, and he ended Vol. 1 in such a way that I‘m eager to read them all. So glad @Booksnchill put this together, and I finally read this! The prose reminded me of Thomas Mann‘s The Magic Mountain, But with the philosophy less in your face.

BarbaraBB Well done! I hope you‘ll like the second as well! 3y
Lcsmcat And while Swann was annoying with his obsession with Odette, Proust‘s observations on being human and art and music were poetic and though provoking. 3y
Booksnchill Amazing- I am not actually breaking for a month just taking 2 months to read the next 5 volumes - I plan to read every day but just not as quickly! I agree - I am only 50 pages from the end and will go straight to “Young Girls in Flower”. Lovely to hear your thoughts and I am interest to see where we go with the story next! 3y
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Lcsmcat @Booksnchill Oh, I misunderstood. I‘m glad not to wait until April for the next volume. 😀 3y
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat 👍💖 3y
arubabookwoman I got a little behind (just starting Swann in Love), but I love, love, love the prose. I highlight something on nearly every page. This is a reread for me (I previously read thru vol 4), and I got so much more out of a second read. @Booksnchill (edited) 3y
Lcsmcat @arubabookwoman I haven‘t even finished the whole thing and I‘m already thinking about a reread- maybe in French next time! 3y
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Lcsmcat
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“while the statue that surmounted it held in its hand a long pendant icicle which seemed to explain its gesture.” #Proust2020

Crazeedi Photo ❤❤❤ 3y
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Lcsmcat
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I just finished Swann in Love, and I have to say I wonder how Proust is going to tie the first two sections together in just 42 pages. #proust2020

Leftcoastzen ❤️😻sweetness! 3y
Lcsmcat @Leftcoastzen He‘s my best reading buddy. 😻 3y
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Centique
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How are you faring? @Lcsmcat @Booksnchill I‘m moving through it with gusto now I‘ve reached Swann in Love (though I do miss Aunt Leonie & Francoise!) The YouTube audio ran out in Part 2 but it hasn‘t mattered.
I‘m really enjoying the experience - although I‘m shaking my head at how foolish or priggish various characters are. The demarcations of society and the grace that is considered inherent in the highest classes is quite astonishing to me. ⬇️

Centique #proust2020 I‘m at about the 80% mark and I think I‘ll be finished in a couple of days. I can‘t slow down now 😂 Need to see where this romance ends up! 3y
Lcsmcat I think I‘m about 90 pages from the end. Like you, I find it hard to put down now. I want to give Swann a good talking to, but I don‘t think he‘d listen. 😀 3y
Lcsmcat I‘m noticing too that Proust loves to use illness in metaphor! 3y
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BarbaraBB I wish I had read Proust with you all 💙 3y
Centique @Lcsmcat no he wouldn‘t! I‘m going to keep an eye out for those metaphors. 🤓 3y
Centique @BarbaraBB awww! You could try another go at it later on. There are a few people who couldn‘t do it this month who might be interested - like @batsy 💕 3y
BarbaraBB I have been reading Proust by myself for the last few years and am actually almost finished but it would have been so much better to read it with you and discuss it while reading!! 💕 (edited) 3y
Lcsmcat @BarbaraBB You could still chime in on the comments. 3y
BarbaraBB I will, thanks Linda 😘 (edited) 3y
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Booksnchill
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So, we are half way through February and I have loved all of your posts- if anyone has missed any, search the hashtag. I am now into Swann in Love and remembered the 1984 movie with Jeremy Irons- has anyone seen it? I went searching for images and this is my image of Swann- this is JM Whistler‘s Arrangement in Black and Gold. I do not have a grip on Odette in my mind yet- any thoughts?

Lcsmcat I don‘t have a good visual on Odette, but having dancers for a sister and daughter, I think her name should be Odile. 😀 3y
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat that would be more Swan! 3y
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catiewithac I‘m finding it difficult to read Proust casually. Like I should be making out with this book. Still in the overture. It just demands so much attention and focus that I don‘t have enough. 3y
Booksnchill @catiewithac i will admit this is my third reading- my first was audio and I think that helped me get the flow- if that is something you would consider it is available- free on youtube or if you have scribd or overdrive (libby) you could find it there as well. 3y
Centique I‘m definitely finding the audio a huge help. I am doing a bit of both - so I get some overlaps. When I read something I‘ve just heard on audio, it reads much more easily. As you say @Booksnchill it has a much better flow once you‘ve heard it - at least it does for me! 😊 3y
TheBookHippie My first reading, so I am going slower to take it in. I never do well with audio, I wish I did! Slow and steady seems to be working for me. 3y
Booksnchill @TheBookHippie 🕰☕️🥰 3y
KarouBlue I‘m behind. But mostly because I grab a cup of tea and take a nap. So I‘m styling Swann circa The Overture right now! 🙃🙃🙃 3y
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Lcsmcat
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“It was true that Odette played vilely, but often the most memorable impression of a piece of music is one that has arisen out of a jumble of wrong notes struck by unskillful fingers upon a tuneless piano.” #Proust2020

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Lcsmcat
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“as though he were the passive, wire-pulled puppet of his own happiness.”
I am loving this prose!
#proust2020

Graywacke Ooh, you‘re doing Proust. I‘ll try to keep track. 3y
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Yes, I‘m finally reading Proust! @Booksnchill is hosting a low key read, to cover a volume every other month and read the entire Remembrance of Things Past. 3y
Graywacke @Lcsmcat someday. My year is full. (I adore the first half of this.) 3y
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Booksnchill I loved that as well- I just entered Swann in Love 3y
batsy @Lcsmcat @Graywacke I would have loved to join, as well, but can't at the moment. I'll keep an eye out for your discussions to motivate me to do my own deep dive into Proust soon :) 3y
Lcsmcat @Booksnchill I‘m about 50 pages behind you. It‘s been a week. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
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Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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@Booksnchill #proust2020

I‘m only 150 pages in but I have to say I‘m a big fan of Francoise and the aunt. What characters! I‘m totally sympathetic to Francoise being a grouch when she, after all, has to walk ten miles at night to see her grandson when he‘s sick and be back before her tasks start in the morning. #teamFrancoise Her little ditty about the pregnant kitchen maid made me laugh out loud which I wasn‘t expecting! (mean of her but still!)

Lcsmcat They are an interesting pair, aren‘t they? 3y
TheBookHippie I‘m in total agreement with you!!!! I am so amazed by how much I am enjoying this! 3y
Centique @TheBookHippie now that I‘m used to the style, I‘m having lots of fun. I can even see myself rereading it! 😄There are so many lovely passages that have entranced me. @Lcsmcat 3y
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Booksnchill Team Francoise👏👏 but in her way she is as rigid as the aunt- unless she likes you. 3y
batsy I just commented on @Lcsmcat's post that I'm sad in not able to join in for this! Which translation are you reading? 3y
Centique @Booksnchill agreed! 😊 3y
Centique @batsy I‘m reading the Enright revision of the Kilmartin revision of the Moncrief translation! 😂😂 You have committed to plenty of hard core reading already 💕 3y
Cathythoughts Sounds good ❤️ 3y
batsy @Centique Oh wow 😆 I had no idea Moncrief translations needed a bunch of revisions! I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the read 🙂 3y
Centique @batsy they say that Moncrieff was adept at the descriptive and intellectual material but a little off on some of the dialogue and colloquialisms. And it sounds like there are some areas where it is uncertain what order of text Proust intended - I‘m assuming that‘s in one or more of the later books - possibly still filled with notes and amendments when he passed. So some revisions put the same text into different spots. 3y
Lcsmcat @Centique @batsy I‘m reading the Moncrief / Kilmartin translation and in the forward it talks about Moncrief translating idioms literally as well as the problems with the editions he was translating from that you mentioned. I‘d love to compare it to the new translation sometime. 3y
batsy @Centique @Lcsmcat Thank you for the explanation! That is so fascinating and throws light onto just how much of a collaboration translation can be, especially over a period of time... I think I'm going to fall into the rabbit hole of Proust translation articles later today :) I don't have any of the books yet but have long been contemplating getting the Lydia Davis translations. 3y
Centique @Lcsmcat I think this one is very much in sync with the Kilmartin. Enright is very complimentary of him and only says that Kilmartin intended to make a few changes when he became ill and could not. And then there is a little new source material that was found after the 81 edition it seems - I‘m not sure whether any of it affected this volume though. 3y
Lcsmcat @Booksnchill @batsy Something in the section I read this morning sent me to my Kindle French edition, and I really wish I had the bandwidth to read it all in French. And I feel good about this translation but now think a reread in the original will be in order, sooner rather than later. 3y
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat I have been listening to the Moncrief edition while reading the Davis translation (not at the same time) but I find some marked differences in the inferences made through the choice of language and it does make me wish I had enough french to read the original. Maybe some day. I am so glad I embarked on this journey finally. 3y
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Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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Ok all #Proust2020 readers, we are 9 days in so sound off- what do you think? Published in 1913, Samuel Beckett observed that “the whole of Proust‘s world comes out of a teacup”. This first 50 pages, referred to as the “Overture” includes the kiss of Maman and the madeleine. Are there evocative smells, tastes, sounds that spark your memories - mine is my grandma‘s sanka coffee- ever present.☕️

Lcsmcat I‘m going to gain so much weight reading these books! All the references to food make it too tempting to grab a snack! But I‘m loving the prose, and his attention to smells and tastes are amazing. 3y
KarouBlue Boy just reading this post made me want tea dipped madeleines with a side of Proust! ☕️ 🍪 3y
arubabookwoman I'm loving the lushness of the prose. I wanted to share this quote of Nabokov describing it: "A tendency to fill in and stretch a sentence to its utmost breadth and length, to cram into the stocking of the sentence a miraculous number of clauses, parenthetic phrases, subordinate clauses, sub-subordinate clauses. Indeed in verbal generosity he is a veritable Santa." 3y
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TheBookHippie My cooking is going to hit an uptake as is the kettle ! I love the prose it goes well with Les Miserables ! 3y
KarouBlue @arubabookwoman Ha! 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Booksnchill @arubabookwoman how apt. I have read several reviews that mention the difficulty Proust had getting published because of the very characteristics of his prose for which he is now recognized as a genius. 3y
catiewithac I‘m not starting until I finish a mystery. But now I‘m so excited to read yummy Proust! 3y
Centique @arubabookwoman that‘s a gorgeous quote - thank you for sharing it 😍 I‘m loving the vivid descriptions but I‘m reading SO slowly because I keep having to stop and think about it and see it in my own mind. Thanks @Booksnchill for the tip about the YouTube audio - that‘s helped me a lot. Normally audio is too slow for me - but not with this prose! 3y
Booksnchill @Centique good! I have listened to parts of it and the pronounciations in my head are vastly less french!!🤣 3y
Booksnchill @catiewithac it is Yummy! 3y
Booksnchill @TheBookHippie i have a madeleine pan- now to bake! (edited) 3y
Booksnchill @MellieAntoinette i highly recommend them!!! 3y
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat i agree- I am now wanting to name my long walks but I don‘t think “the water tower way” has the same ring! 3y
Lcsmcat I love the description of little Marcel , when forced to go outside, taking his book out and finding places where he could hide and read. 3y
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat he has my juvenile heart... 3y
TheBookHippie @Booksnchill Fox Run 44925 Non-Stick Madeleine Pan, Carbon Steel, 12-Cup https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083RTULM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Ac2qEbMB38JY8 Ordered yesterday 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Booksnchill @TheBookHippie great minds!! 3y
TheBookHippie @Booksnchill I‘m so excited 3y
TheBookHippie @Booksnchill @Lcsmcat I‘ve always called mine Walkabouts 🤣 3y
Booksnchill @TheBookHippie are you Australian? 3y
TheBookHippie @Booksnchill no I saw it on a sign when I was small in Hawaii and it stuck 🤣🤣 3y
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