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Time Regained (À la recherche du temps perdu #7)

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The final volume of In Search of Lost Time chronicles the years of World War I, when, as M. de Charlus reflects on a moonlit walk, Paris threatens to become another Pompeii. Years later, after the war's end, Proust's narrator returns to Paris, where Mme. Verdurin has become the Princesse de Guermantes. He reflects on time, reality, jealousy, artistic creation, and the raw ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published February 16th 1999 by Modern Library Classics (first published 1927)
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Renato Magalhães Rocha
Longtemps I asked myself if, instead of reading Marcel Proust on my Kindle, I shouldn’t have bought physical books to read in my bed to perhaps be an inch closer to his conditions while he was writing his masterpiece, as having a cork-lined bedroom proved to be impossible this year. Each time I started and finished a volume, I would again ask myself if I should get a paperback edition instead. However, as I had already all seven volumes digitally, and I knew such a big commitment of reading week ...more
This is not a review of this book. This is a testimony of having reached the end of marcel Proust’s La Recherche du temps perdu, as scheduled in The Year of Reading Proust 2013. I started on January 1st and finished it on December 29th.

I have actually read the 53 weekly reading divisions at least two times. So, I have read the full novel twice. I also listened, while reading, to the 111 CDs of the Thélème audio edition.

If the novel was written in bed with the light from one single side lamp, I h
take that, proust - i have finished you!!

summer of proust is OVER!!

if i were to make a collage of the final volume of proust, i would use the following images:

this one started off with some really tantalizing situations and then quickly backed off into more philosophical abstractions. dammit, proust, when you have gay bondage, stay with gay bondage!! and war!! these are exciting themes!! don't drift off into thinky time!!

the frustration i have with this one is the frustration i have with philoso
My clearest memory of reading Swann's Way consists of pouring over one of the large illustrations, softly colored and darkly lit and so much more interesting than the Biomaterials lecture I was sitting in, an aisle-edged seat that necessitated swift cover ups from the professor's gaze as well as ensured a swift getaway at the ring of the bell. Now, I am at the close of eleven months on, more than three hundred miles away from the beginning and likely to never join in on such a high and mighty sc ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
You made it! After 2000 some-odd pages, you made it to the end of La Recherche. Your reward is a breath-taking description of Paris under falling bombs during WW I, one of the most incredible passages that Proust ever wrote, "La Bal des Masques" (The Masked Ball), and an end to the most incredible literary voyage ever attempted by an author. He, like Mozart and Bach, literally died with the pen in his hand finishing his blessed cahiers (notebooks) in a race against death. It is a perfect ending ...more
(Jean Béraud, Le Bal)

Uma review terá como objetivo incentivar, quem a lê, a ler (ou não ler) o livro a que ela se refere. Também recordar uma leitura (adoro ler reviews de um livro que já li), ou apreciar outras visões de uma obra. Gostava muito de conseguir conquistar leitores para Em Busca do Tempo Perdido e poder desfrutar das suas opiniões. Consciente que não tenho arte para essa missão, socorro-me da do Nelson Zagalo...
"Só pela arte podemos sair de nós mesmos (...) é o caminho em sentido c
Jul 03, 2010 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
As of 20:50 on July Seventh, Two Thousand and Ten, I'm still slightly reeling from finishing this book, roughly twenty two hours ago. Like ninety nine point some high number percent of my reading experiences I read this in less than optimum conditions; by plowing through the last hundred pages or so at a un-Proustian pace. There are parts of the text I'm sure I missed, little subtleties I could have enjoyed and blah blah blah, but I think the overload was also Proustian, especially in light of w ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Lee rated it it was amazing
To say I've read the complete seven-volume novel now is truth and lie since it'll take a few more trips down the pair of "ways" and "transversals" before I can really call this "read." Maybe my favorite volume for the fifty-page stretch where M. explicitly addresses the work to come. Some of the best writing about writing I've read. Otherwise, threads are tied up -- plus there's literal tying up (bondage), pedophilia (only a mention), WWI in Paris, zeppelins and airplane fighters at night (the p ...more
Nov 15, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I am finished, ... and I could've finished the night before, but as I approached 98% on my Kindle, I decided to stop as I was so tired at that point, I didn't want to rush that last percent (documents stop at 99% on my device); it was a good decision, as the last percent was one to especially savor. I then got on GR to announce my accomplishment (because without GR, I doubt I would've ever read this opus) and almost immediately Kalliope congratulated me on becoming a fellow Proustian, genero ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-novels
I've been reading Proust for just over a year, just a little a day. I'm going to miss dipping into it, it's become part of my life. Still so beautifully written that it's almost impossible to review. Some of the old favourites return again; Gilberte, Charlus, Morel, Mme Verdurin amongst others. The time period spans the First World War and takes us into the narrators' middle age and towards his own death. Memory and the weight of the past recur as themes and it is as though the narrator is makin ...more
Nov 15, 2013 Darwin8u rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Proust kills it with this last book in his masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. He pulls it all together. I loved Proust's reflections on literary and artistic creation, reality, memory, pain, death and time -- and how in 'Time Regained' he draws all his themes together.

I'm almost sad my stroll with Proust is over. There are few books I've ever wanted to start reading again immediately after finishing. Today as I was setting down 'Time Regained', I almost reached for 'Swann's Way'. I feel l
“After all, I have seen some beautiful things in my life.”

10 stars for the overall ISoLT experience - if Swann's Way and Within a Budding Grove haven't already convinced you; then Time Regained should - of the validity & need of Proust worship in the world of literature, now and forever. Period.

For an year, an enchanted world of art, music, literature, history, and romance, opened up for us - we too could be a part of the hyper-sophisticated world of Faubourg Saint-Germain, but ultimately,
Aug 25, 2009 Bram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, proustophilia
Sunday was Community Day at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which meant free entry to all. Deciding to take advantage of this at the expense of a gorgeous late summer day, I spent a couple of hours wandering through the impressive but under-construction building, primarily in the European and American wings that cover the last few centuries. I stopped in front of 200 or so paintings, but only two “spoke” to me. While in many circumstances a one-percent hit rate implies a horrible failure or d ...more
Jan 05, 2017 Isabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books, 2017
Desde a altura em que completei a "colecção" dos sete volumes de "Em busca do tempo perdido" (há cerca de uma década) que apregoava que haveria de ler esta obra na íntegra antes dos 40 anos. Não sei explicar o porquê desta vontade... Talvez porque na época não me sentia demasiado amadurecida enquanto leitora para me aventurar nesta viagem e julguei que haveria um sem número de livros que deveria ler antecipadamente.
Comecei a leitura do primeiro volume a pouco mais de 18 meses da idade estipulada
Nov 22, 2008 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
What Didn't Happen In 1927

ANCHORMAN: And now we're going over to Paris, where crowds have been gathering since early evening waiting for the midnight release of Le temps retrouvé, with pre-ordered sales already totalling more than eleven million copies! Margaret FitzWilliam reporting.

[Paris street. Large number of people in fancy dress lining up outside bookstore. Carnival atmosphere]

JOURNALIST: Yes, all the Proust fans are out in force tonight waiting for the conclusion of the series! I can see
the gift
this is another much later later later later addition: having fun right now reading a graphic adaptation of volume 1: Swann's Way- review is here:, so maybe you want to read this book first or that book first...?

this is another much later later later addition: if i am recalling the very beginning of proust correctly, there is a passage connecting a 'magic lantern' and sleeping disorientation, freedom from physical, from temporal, locales, and some indicat
Jan 22, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first begin reading, “In Search of Lost Time,” I had planned to read it throughout 2015. I now find myself halfway through 2016, but I have – eventually – finished this enormous work. I can say that, rather than get to the last page with relief, I actually feel a great sense of loss. Proust has become my companion and to think I will not be in his company during any part of the day almost makes me want to go back to the beginning and begin again!

This last volume has, “Time Regained,” and
May 05, 2010 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A work of art is experienced as a temporal, durational phenomenon. It is also an object of physicality, something that is reacted upon and reproduced by our senses and processed, firstly, by our intellect. Therefore a work of art is an object of space-time, as it contains within itself dimension and duration, properties availing themselves of our immediate sensory perceptions and our ruminative, reflective abilities at the same instant. If an image especially strikes us as it is burned onto the ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Whitaker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: In this review, I will use “Proust” to refer to the writer of the work and “Marcel” to refer to his name sake character in the work.

When I started learning French, one of the goals I set for myself and promised myself was that I would one day read A la recherche du temps perdu, all of it, in French. I even shelled out for a leather bound illustrated version of the French classic, which was my pledge to myself towards redeeming that promise. Those seven volumes sat on my shelf for more tha

Description: Paris is ravaged by the Great War. Marcel despairs at his own failures, but the simplest of discoveries awakens astonishing possibilities.
Stars James Wilby.

Revisiting, via BBC R4x, all the books in remembrance, our world has altered too.
Nov 24, 2012 orsodimondo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
Un sogno lungo un giorno

Sono sette e un solo sogno.
Sette meraviglie e una sola.

Questa, in particolare, è anche manuale di vita, di analisi, ricerca, conoscenza.
E felicità.

Jul 25, 2011 Yann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yann by: Kalliope
Shelves: france, fiction

Le Temps retrouvé termine cette Recherche du temps perdu. Ce dernier tome est dédié à ces deux phénomènes inexorables que sont la sénescence et la transformation du monde. L’âge marque peu à peu le narrateur et la petite société qu’il fréquente, la guerre qui est arrivé a métamorphosé les clivages de la société, et rendus ceux d’hier caduques. Comment retenir le passage du temps ? Pour le narrateur, c’est l’écriture qui sera la clef, après le choc de la madeleine, et toutes ses considérations cr
Apr 27, 2015 Poncho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s this thing I do when I like something very very much and it is that I try to delay the end as long as possible. In fact, when I become obsessed with TV series, and they come to an end, I don’t watch the last episode: if I never do it, there’s always some piece of it remaining. However, this is the first time I do it with a book, for it’s been almost three months since I read the previous volume. So reading In search of lost time took me one year, two months and three days — partly, becau ...more
--Time Regained (In Search of Lost Time Volume VII)


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Nelson Zagalo
Jun 01, 2015 Nelson Zagalo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murakami e Bechdel estavam errados. Murakami considerou que para ler “Em Busca do Tempo Perdido” era necessário que alguma vez nos encontrássemos presos ou fugidos durante bastante tempo (no 3º tomo de "1Q84"). Já para Bechdel, as pessoas atingiriam a meia-idade quando se dessem conta que nunca iriam ler “Em Busca do Tempo Perdido” (em “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic”). Não sei se foi para demonstrar que não tinham razão, apenas sei que era um título que me acompanhava há décadas, e a curiosidade ...more
Jun 30, 2016 Emanuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A determinada altura (p. 117) Marcel refere-se aos aeroplanos que cruzam os céus de Paris (plena primeira guerra mundial), caracteriza-os:

"A maior impressão de beleza que aquelas estrelas cadentes e humanas nos causavam talvez viesse sobretudo de nos obrigarem a olhar para o céu, para onde habitualmente pouco erguemos os olhos."

E os sete volumes do livro de Proust apresentam "aquelas estrelas cadentes e humanas", uma delas chama-se Swann. Marcel já não me falava de aviões mas das personagens com
Nov 18, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm very glad that I have now read ISOLT and have some glimmer of why so many have devoured and loved this work for so long. I will return with more of a review.
Jul 14, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm moving, so I'm packing, which is making me very nostalgic and contributing to some pretty embarrassing online procrastination. It's also making me think a lot about Proust because you know, moving and reminiscing about all the places I've lived over the years and going through all this old shit, well, it's obviously getting pretty Proustian pretty quick around here. Well, except it is and it's not, because when Proust moved he didn't have to beg for boxes at the supermarket or pack things or ...more
David Lentz
Jun 20, 2011 David Lentz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this final life's work of Proust on the theme of the passage of Time it's clear that the author is riper, near to death and concerned about the lasting impact of his writing. "Eternal duration is promised no more to men's works than to men." Yet there is so much beauty and substance and lyricism in his 4,300 pages clearly his volumes are, both individually and collectively, a masterwork for the ages. The novel seems more like an autobiography in which the names of persons and places have been ...more
May 16, 2011 Leonard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than a commentary on Swann’s jealousy or M. Charlus’s homosexuality or the frivolity of the Guermantes’ sorties, Marcel Proust’s monumental work In Search of Lost Time paints the unsuccessful reconstruction of a forgone world and a lost existence from fickle memories, which like morning mists would fade with the rising sun. The narrator Marcel, longing for a past that didn’t exist but must be created, sought to experience Bergson’s continuous time rather than the fragmented and still-framed ...more
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French novelist, best known for his 3000 page masterpiece À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time), a pseudo-autobiographical novel told mostly in a stream-of-consciousness style. Born in the first year of the Third Republic, the young Marcel, like his narrator, was a delicate child from a bourgeois family. He was active in Parisian high society during t ...more
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À la recherche du temps perdu (7 books)
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  • In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower (In Search of Lost Time, #2)
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