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  •  Bravo! (5+ / 0-)

    Two great links! The first one (where did you find it and who was the author?) really captures my own experience with Proust:

    "In short, I thought Swann's Way astounding.  In my limited experience, it stands alone, sui generis, perhaps comparable to Ulysses or to War and Peace in the audacity of its project, but totally unique in its execution.  I would not recommend it to everyone, since it requires a certain frame of mind to truly love it: a combination of patience and concentration, of empathy and consent to that inevitable cringing embarrassment upon recognizing one's own ridiculousness mirrored back by a Swann or by a Marcel, and above all a sense of mortality and the preciousness of embodied self-consciousness.
      I noted that the author did not visit Illiers (Combray) when he was in France.  Nor did I on my last visit because I had learned from reading Proust that I was bound to be disappointed.

    The link from Oprah was interesting but I disagree with the caution not to read "for the poetry of the prose."  For me, that was the essence of the pleasure.  Maybe reading it in the original French made it easier to appreciate.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Wed Aug 07, 2013 at 08:24:43 PM PDT

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