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The Captive & The Fugitive (À la recherche du temps perdu #5-6)

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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, 957 pages
Published February 16th 1999 by Modern Library (first published 1925)
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karen
gore. juss. seriously - a perfect book. i am reviewing the captive and the fugitive. separately because even though modern library publishes them together in one volume, i don't want to lose this high i am on after reading the captive. what if the fugitive isn't as good!!?? i will not have the luster worn off my glee!

seriously, by the fifth installment, is anyone even paying attention anymore?? who remembers the fifth of anything?







but this one - i reacted to it the way most people reacted to swan...more
Aubrey
But in exchange for what our imagination leads us to expect and we give ourselves so much futile trouble trying to find, life gives us something which we were very far from imagining.
If you have come thus far in this search for time lost, here you may remember that, as unfeasible as it may seem, this is in fact but a part of a single work, one that built and built and has finally started to wind its way slowly down trains of thought already distilled, running on rails made efficient by readerly...more
Bram
I’ve attempted (this is already generous) to review each volume of In Search of Lost Time, but every time I finish reading one, I feel like I should just skip it this time around. To put it in banal and melodramatic terms, this book has really meant a lot to me. I think I’ll leave it at that rather than give in to my desire to gush in Proustian sentences about all the emotions, thoughts, and nostalgia I’ve experienced solely from imbibing and osmosing Marcel’s thoughts and feelings. It has been...more
Paul
Again, the writing is so delicious that I tended to forget what an idiot the narrator is. Maybe I'm being harsh, but if I'd been in Albertine's shoes I would have left him long before she did.
I have taken to reading this after I get home from work. I deal with some of the more difficult spects of peoples' lives, mostly towards the end. I immerse myself in Proust for a while and forget the tensions of the day. I'm not sure how Proust kept the standard of writing so high, but he has.
Proust revisit...more
Lee
The longest book I've ever read, longer than those with many more pages. I don't mean the complete Search -- I'm referring to this volume, a mere 936 pages that took me forever. If I'm honest with this impression, I should admit that I find Proust sort of stupefying most of the time. I can only read 15 pages at a time without dosing off or reaching for my phone. But every once in a while there's an image or insight that makes it all worthwhile. I mean, the book is regularly studded with the best...more
Mala


The frocks that I bought for her, the yacht of which I had spoken to her, the wrappers from Fortuny’s, all these things having in this obedience on Albertine’s part not their recompense but their complement, appeared to me now as so many privileges that I was enjoying; for the duties and expenditure of a master are part of his dominion, and define it, prove it, fully as much as his rights. And these rights which she recognised in me were precisely what gave my expenditure its true character: I h...more
Jim Coughenour
I've been reading Proust on and off for 30 years. I've read Swann's Way at least three times in its entirety; and its immediate successors a couple times each. Every time I've been stopped by The Prisoner (or The Captive in the Moncrieff/Kilmartin edition) and The Fugitive, but I finally made it through.

For me the problem has always been that Marcel's obsessive love for Albertine stretched credulity: the voice and sensibility of the narrator is so plainly that of a man who loves men, not women....more
Eoin
Sep 03, 2007 Eoin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers
Shelves: fictions
Who knew that bisexual French shut-ins knew everything? Ok, so maybe just everything about love and jealousy and memory and thought and being a person in the world. The new Proust translation is the alpha and the omega. The Fugitive has some strangle plot parts but the phrasing, imagery, pitch-prefect tone, and oceanic depth of understanding of the thing is impossible but extant. It is humbling and uplifting to read. One wonders, as Virginia Woolfe did, what else is there to write? Quit your job...more
Richard Magahiz
I finished this book a week ago but it's taken me this long to start to organize my thoughts and feelings about this part of the seven volume saga. Our Narrator has learned certain lessons from his years among the smart society and when he acts on them he experiences first-hand how much real unhappiness they can bring. All the characters at the salon (in this book, the one hosted by the Verdurins, but also those which occupied central place in the previous volumes) are touched by insincerity in...more
David Lentz
Modern Library's Volume V deals with the relationship between Marcel and Albertine. It is a complex, psychological relationship to say the least. In the Captive, Albertine lives with Marcel in his apartment in Paris and in The Fugitive one wonders who is, in fact, more captive -- Albertine or Marcel. It would seem to be Albertine for whom Marcel possesses an obsessive love and concurrent fear of her sapphic penchant. But it is also Marcel who will sacrifice experience if he makes a commitment to...more
James
The heart is infinitely impressionable regarding everything that concerns the life of a certain person, so that a lie from that person causes that heart intolerable spasms. Our mind may go on reasoning interminably during these spasms, but it does no more to mitigate them by taking thought we can soothe an aching tooth.
- Proust, The Captive, p 295


Jealousy is a major theme throughout In Search of Lost Time with the generosity of Proust's variations on this theme comparable to that encountered in...more
Ben
"Days in the past cover up little by little those that preceded them and are themselves buried beneath those that follow them. But each past day has remained deposited in us, as in a vast library where, even of the oldest books, there is a copy which doubtless nobody will ever ask to see."

How much I have thought of this passage lately, with old memories slowly creeping up from my subconscious as I continue my journey with Marcel Proust. I have of late been through many walks down long neglected...more
Bob
Six hundred pages of which the overarching concern is the narrator's fanatic fear that his mistress, now living with him, is sneaking off in search of the Sapphic pleasures that he believes her to enjoy at least as much as his attentions. The captivity referred to in the title is expanded over the course of his musings to encompass both parties to all committed relationships, but the narrator's obsessiveness does become a bit wearying.

As such, the high points are mainly when some other topic com...more
Robin
My reactions to Proust are so all over the place. I find him very easy to read; it just takes me forever because every paragraph or so he is taking me off on a tangent with some personal connection he has forced me to make. And then he forces me to analyze that personal connection and evaluate whether or not I think Proust’s philosophy holds for me. And half an hour later I’m ready for the next paragraph.

But another overwhelming reaction to the guy is deep sympathy tempered by anger. Love for hi...more
Paul Fulcher
In Search of Lost Time is of course a masterpiece. The language is so rich that I find I need to take it in small doses, like the best chocolate. So a year after finishing Sodom and Gomorrah, when I found myself overgorged (hence a 2 star review), my appetite returned.

Proust has his narrator proclaim that the best music is "truer than all known books ... (because) ... what we feel about life not being felt in the form of ideas, its literary, that is to say intellectual expression describes it, e...more
Leonard
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
David
Like the previous four volumes, both the Captive and the Fugitive are a delight. The Fugitive much more so than the Captive, in my opinion.

The Captive opens with Albertine moving into Marcel's Parisian home. His parents are conveniently absent. There's a lot to love about this volume, and I especially loved the scene when M. and Albertine are passing through the streets with all the sounds of vendors in the air - the way Proust brings to life that atmosphere really impressed me, and I felt very...more
Saïdeh Pakravan
I will review Time Regained and copy this review on all the volumes of A la recherche du temps perdu as Proust's work is called. I read it in French but can't find it listed so am doing this overall review of the English text of In Search of Lost Time or, as it used to be called, my preferred title Remembrance of Things Past.
I came late to this spectacular book despite encouragements from my mother who had read it cover to cover (several thousand pages in all) a number of times and talked about...more
Justin Evans
I'm shocked, shocked, that Goodreads readers seem to prefer this to the earlier volumes. I can see only three reasons for this: first, the people who would usually give Proust three or fewer stars aren't likely to get to the fifth and sixth books in the series, so only the truly masochistic fan-boys-and-girls are left. Second, people other than me really, really, really love offensively repetitious dribblings about jealousy, which makes up a large chunk of these two novels (although, I will say,...more
Kirk
[Albertine asleep:] On entering the room I had stood still on the threshold, not daring to make any noise, and I heard no other sound than her breath, rising and dying away on her lips, like the sound of waves, but softer and more subdued. And at that moment when my ear picked up that heavenly sound, it was as if it held, condensed in itself, the whole person, the whole life of the charming captive who lay there before my eyes. […] her lowered lids gave her face that perfect unity that open eyes...more
Bucket
This is the first volume that was published posthumously, without Proust's final edits, re-writes, and additions; it shows. There are errors here - many more than are in earlier volumes - such as Cottard being alive, then dead, then alive. Coupled with the fact that this volume, The Fugitive especially, epitomizes the Proustian stereotype of endless sentences and paragraphs and internal monologue, it's a somewhat tougher read than the last two. However, the themes of the novel as a whole are rea...more
Margaret
It's a classic story: boy meets girl, boy gets bored of girl, boy meets another girl, another girl is mysterious and maybe bisexual, boy gets obsessed with that girl, girl gets creeped out and leaves (view spoiler).

In The Captive and the Fugitive after much pining for Gilberte and now for Albertine, our Narrator has got himself a girlfriend! Albertine has moved in with him in Paris, and things are supposed to be going swimmingly.

Then...more
Aubrey
Apr 18, 2011 Aubrey is currently reading it
My relationship with Proust is like that of a battered housewife: although I am sure sometimes I hate him, I keep coming back. I have been reading this book on and off for almost two years now. I hate Proust, yet I find his observations inspiring. . . but I HATE how he goes on about nothing.

No, my relationship with Proust is like a love affair with a girl who can only talk about shoes and occasionally says something insightful. Or a pompous, art school intellectual who has some how endeared her...more
Eugene
Apr 10, 2014 Eugene rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my enemy
Despite almost universal admiration by critics, multitudes of platitudes written about this book by the "goodreaders", and inhuman effort put into writing by the unfortunate author, I needed tremendous willpower to keep myself from throwing this book into the nearest trash can.

This is one of those rare books, in which after a thousand pages, I could not understand the characters. The plot is ridiculous in many places and events in the story feel made up.

I lost count of the times the narrator h...more
Jeff
Regarding the Prisoner, I defy anyone to find a more thorough and realistic treatise on lying that wasn't written by a scientist. And regarding both titles in this volume, 2 themes, among others, continue as before, with the narrator continually discovering the difficulties they create: different perceptions of reality, and internal vs. external reality of a person.
Deanne
Still finding Proust an enthralling writer, was a bit reluctant to read In Search of Lost Time, but I'm glad I've taken the time.
The language is beautiful, and the characters seem so alive with relationships that intertwine. Looking forward to reading the last book.
A Molotkov
Aug 31, 2008 A Molotkov is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
No one like Proust to dig 10 miles deeper into human psychology than Tolstoy or anyone else. But it does take some patience to read through the details of the high society life before you get to the pearls hidden therein.
Mike Polizzi
It is perhaps unfair to call the narrator of the preceding volumes a camera, but in Volumes 3 and 4, he has felt inert and has taken pains to provide us with the details of the lives of the haute bourgeoisie and aristocracy of fin de siecle Paris always while carefully and simultaneously tugging back the silk drop cloth covering the full mural of his opus and here it feels, at last, that the heaviest portion of the cloth has dropped away, that something substantial has been revealed. Here we see...more
Jim
When I first read these two books some ten years ago, I thought they were the weak links in Proust's In Search of Lost Time. Now I think there are no weak links. What at first I thought was a tortured love affair between the narrator, Marcel, and Albertine, I now think is a profound study of the nature of love and memory. No matter that Albertine was based on Proust's male chauffeur Alfred Agostinelli, the cross-gender "transference" does not matter, nor does it add any false notes. Proust's ang...more
Heather
As I was reading "The Captive" I worried that this whole book would be squirm-inducingly claustrophobic (which, I realize, is sort of the point), but there is so much good stuff here that I shouldn't have worried too much. I love the Paris we get glimpses of: the light, the weather, the sounds of all the street-vendors. And oh, Venice! There’s a sentence about “The Patriarch of Grado exorcising a demoniac” that made me go look it up -- “the marvellous rose-pink and violet sky” of the painting, “...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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