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Time Regained & A Guide to Proust (À la recherche du temps perdu #7)

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'Proust is perhaps the last great historian of the loves, the society, the intelligence, the diplomacy, the literature and the art of the Heartbreak House of capitalist culture.' ------------EDMUND WILSON

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 Pompe
Hardcover, 749 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Modern Library (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
Jul 07, 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
Oct 08, 2014 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 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 17, 2013 Darwin8u rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 22, 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
“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,
Luís Blue Yorkie
Of Lost Time to Time Regained

It's hard to talk about what enjoyed very much, because we are inundated by all those feelings and memories received while we were involved with that. In my case, the difficulty that arises is dwell a little on what has become the romance of my life. It is about the lengthy In Search of Lost Time (Á La Recherche du Temps Perdu), by Marcel Proust.Divided into seven books, with the titles: Swann's Way, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, The Guermantes Way, Sodom a
Oct 30, 2012 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
Aug 12, 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
Feb 18, 2016 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
the gift
this is another much later later later addition: if 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 indication this dreaming status is what he tries to investigate, offer, recreate for the reader. have been thinking that this obvious claim of fantasy of reality, this escape, is mostly why i read anything. reading er and ws burroughs, thinking about proust, must s ...more
Jun 22, 2016 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.

Sep 01, 2014 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
--Time Regained (In Search of Lost Time Volume VII)


A Guide to Proust:
Index of Characters
Index of Persons
Index of Places
Index of Themes
May 10, 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
Dec 20, 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.
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
Jan 29, 2013 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
The climax comes at the exact centre of the novel--or near enough as makes no difference. And after that, the narrator ties up the loose ends, brings back many of the characters for a final bow, as it were, or one last hurrah. This was the most interesting part of the novel because there seemed to be more action and dialogue, more to hold this reader's attention. There is a rather sombre feel to the ending, but also a sense of satisfaction, since the narrator, after years of dithering in high so ...more
Jul 29, 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
Nelson Zagalo
Jun 06, 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
Travelling Sunny
The seventh and final volume in Proust's ridonkulously long novel was amazeballs. Truly. You might say, it had something of a Buddhist feel. Allow me to demonstrate by sharing a few (just a tiny few of the bazillion) summarizations:

* Perception = reality.

* Everything changes over time. Nothing is constant.

* Kindness is maturity.

DO YOU SEE? It has exactly zero to do with Buddhism. Yet, perception changes the meaning of everything.
سرشتی که میکوشیم انکار کنیم به هر حال در درون ما هست. چنین است که گاهی ما وقت خواندن شاهکار تازهای از یک نابغه، با خوشحالی همهی اندیشههایی را در آن میبینیم که خود نیز داشته امّا بیارزش پنداشته بودیم، همهی شادیها یا غمهایی که در خود مهار کرده بودیم، دنیایی از احساسهایی که ناچیز میشمردیم امّا از کتابی که در آن دیدهایمشان میآموزیم که احساسهایی ارزشمندند. ...more
Kirk Smith
Feb 01, 2016 Kirk Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
**Caution** Guaranteed Spoiler**I chose this because it was around a 4.3 and I was curious. Now I know the high ratings are because it contains the GUIDE to all seven novels. So I used the guide to read only this last, and it was hugely successful. I have a clear understanding of what all of the primary characters did through all of the previous six novels, and this last that I read concludes the series. The Guide is excellent: 5 RATING. **The anonymous narrator, let's call him "M" is clearly M ...more
Dec 25, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading this book in the Ian Patterson translation is my Christmas gift to myself -- and what a gift it has turned out to be! Marcel Proust is to my mind one of the three or four greatest writers of the last century, and In Search of Lost Time: Finding Time Again: Finding Time Again v. 6 is the capstone of a mighty arch that stands on the road to the discovery of what it means to live as a human being in this world.

Never mind that In Search of Lost Time is approaching its centenary: Proust's
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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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Other Books in the Series

À la recherche du temps perdu (7 books)
  • Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
  • In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower (In Search of Lost Time, #2)
  • The Guermantes Way  (In Search of Lost Time, #3)
  • Sodom and Gomorrah (In Search of Lost Time, #4)
  • La Prisonnière (À la recherche du temps perdu, #5)
  • Albertine disparue (À la recherche du temps perdu, #6)

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