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4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,905 Ratings  ·  294 Reviews
«- Monsieur, je vous jure que je n'ai rien dit qui pût vous offenser. - Et qui vous dit que j'en suis offensé, s'écria M. de Charlus avec fureur en se redressant violemment sur la chaise longue où il était resté jusque-là immobile, cependant que, tandis que se crispaient les blêmes serpents écumeux de sa face, sa voix devenait tour à tour aiguë et grave comme une tempête a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Classique, 765 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Folio (Gallimard) (first published 1920)
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karen
how can a sociopath love society so much??

because, make no mistake, that is what we are dealing with here.in this third installment, our dear narrator graduates from being a feeble child, from being a lovesick adolescent into a manipulating, stalking, social climbing creature who learns a lesson in disillusionment. cheers.

for all his bookish intelligence, his overthinking, his lofty words, at the end of the day, he is just a pale sticky thing masturbating in society's stairwell.

this is his idea
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Aubrey
And even in my most carnal desires, oriented always in a particular direction, concentrated round a single dream, I might have recognized as their primary motive an idea, an idea for which I would have laid down my life, at the innermost core of which, as in my day-dreams while I sat reading all afternoon in the garden at Combray, lay the notion of perfection.

-Marcel Proust


I go forward slowly, dead, and my vision is no longer mine, it’s nothing: it’s only the vision of the human animal who, wit
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Manny
In the first two volumes (I argue, anyway, in my review of A L'Ombre Des Jeunes Filles En Fleurs), Proust was most interested in putting romantic relationships under the microscope. He returns to that theme later on in the series, but in the third book he is primarily concerned with picking apart the concept of wit, more exactly, ésprit, something that has always been terribly important to the French upper classes. If you want an easier tour of the subject, you might like to check out Leconte's ...more
brian
the literary equivalent of that (genius but dull as rocks) 10 minute tracking shot in le week-end.
Madeleine
No longer confined to orbiting his parents and living for the freedom of a solitary walk, no longer living in thrall of adolescent hormones and grappling with the strange new worlds blossoming both within and without himself, The Guermantes Way finds our Narrator thrust ever forward into adulthood and the disappointing discovery that grown-ups rarely behave like adults, especially when the pride of ancestral inheritance is on the line and there are duplicitous societal niceties to abide by, whil ...more
Sue
This may be my favorite book of ISOLT so far. Yes there are moments that seemed to go on....and on...a bit, but overall I feel that the narrator became more real, more human, as did many of the people around him, including those who he has been studying from afar.

In The Guermantes Way, our unnamed narrator has matured somewhat, though his exact age remains unspecified. He is now attending the salons of those who he has admired from a distance, especially Mme de Guermantes, the woman he virtuall
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Teresa
Jun 29, 2015 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

Of the three volumes I've read so far, this is the one I loved most and found the most frustrating. Frustrating, from its beginning, with the narrator's obsession with Duchesse de Guermantes that mirrors his earlier obsessions, as if he hasn't learned anything, which is true: he hasn't learned a thing ... yet. This is a looking back on what he didn't know then with the knowledge he has now. So, of course, the reader sees before he does and to read of his later awareness is a joy ... mostly. T
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Rowena
Aug 29, 2013 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit

“It is not possible to describe human life without bathing it in the sleep into which it plunges and which, night after night, encircles it like the sea around a promontory.” - Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way

Having recently read Anais Nin’s thoughts in The Novel of the Future, a book in which she lauded Proust and similar authors for being sensitive to the subconscious and incorporating elements of philosophy and psychology in their writing, I was very eager to start reading this volume. Nin
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David
Guermantes Way is like the pretentious, over-educated older sister of Budding Grove who constantly outdoes her little sister at everything. She's longer, she's more boring, she's more interesting, she's wittier and funnier, and she just loves to show off how much she knows.

We really get to know Saint Loup in this volume, as well as the Guermantes family in general - who are some pretty superficial crazies anyway. M., being a creep, stalks Mme. de Guermantes everyday on her morning walks, and be
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Greg
Jun 13, 2010 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
After being a little disappointed in the second volume of Proust, this one returns to the absolute wonderfulness of Swanns Way. I noticed that another reviewer commented on the addictive quality of Proust and I have to agree. A few weeks ago when I started Swanns Way I figured I'd read one of his books, and then maybe next summer go into the next one and leisurely through the remaining years of my thirties read one Proust book a year and enter into my forties being able to say that I'd read Prou ...more
Edward
--The Guermantes Way (In Search of Lost Time Volume III)

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Darwin8u
Jan 11, 2016 Darwin8u rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“But to ask pity of our body is like discoursing in front of an octopus, for which our words can have no more meaning than the sound of the tides, and with which we should be appalled to find ourselves condemned to live.”
― Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way

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In 'The Guermantes Way', Proust pushes several social forces together. He examines the cult of aristocracy, meditates on the role of the military in French society, examines French antisemitism through the Dreyfus affair, French art, and the b
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Kelly
Back when I was reading Swann’s Way, I expressed the wish that Marcel would relax a bit and let his witty side come out to play more. At the time, things were generally pretty intense and serious inside his head. (Yes, in fact, I do know I have a knack for understatement, thank you.) Between the madeleine, his mother obsession and his painstaking, point-by-point dissection of Swann’s love-jealousy process, it was a rather relentless windstorm. But, it must have been about three-quarters through, ...more
Geoff
Apr 27, 2010 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third volume of In Search of Lost Time is the most Parisian of them all up to this point; that is to say, all of the events, with the exception of a brief jaunt to Doncieres to visit Robert de Saint-Loup at his barracks, take place within Paris, and more specifically, within the drawing rooms of the Faubourg St. Germain, the highest of the high of fin de siecle Parisian social circles. More so than the earlier volumes, The Guermantes Way is about the language of a society, about the customs ...more
Mala
Review of The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust.
Shelf: 2013: The Year of Reading Proust,Classic-ever-enduring-appeal.
Recommended for: Proust Completionists.

We are attracted by every form of life which represents to us something unknown and strange, by a last illusion still unshattered.

I read this book in a purple haze of the summer daze– no,not the Hendrix variety rather a surreal read where words seemed to be scuttling across text,dropping off the pages,dimming when I focussed on them- closed t
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Emma
Sep 18, 2013 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated
A few years ago I was studying for my final tax law exams. At this concluding stage of my studies I got to focus on my specialist subject, which, obviously, was something that interested me. Sandwiched between the modules of my chosen field was one compulsory module; Ethics. Bastard Ethics. It was impossible to ignore and no amount of reasoned argument could obtain me a credit. I felt the amount of study required for this paper was outrageous; I resented my efforts being diverted from the sexy s ...more
ReemK10 (Paper Pills)
Induction into the Guermantes Way


"Sometimes, hidden in the heart of its name, the fairy is transfomed to suit the life of our imagination, by which she lives; thus it was that the atmosphere in which Mme de Guermantes existed in me, after having been for years no more than the reflexion of a magic lantern and of a stained glass window, began to lose its colours when quite other dreams impregnated it with the bubbling coolness of swift-flowering streams ." (MKE 3)


Expectation. This third volume of
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Lotz
May 06, 2015 Lotz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prose-style
Only I felt that it was not the sentence that was badly constructed but I myself that lacked the strength and ability necessary to reach the end. I would start afresh striving tooth and nail to climb to the pinnacle from which I would see things in their novel relations. And each time, after I had got about halfway through the sentence, I would fall back again, as later on, when I joined the Army, in my attempts at the exercise known as the 'bridge-ladder.'

Now, after more than a thousand pages
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Yann
Jun 08, 2014 Yann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france, fiction



Proust continue à nous faire visiter la soi-disant haute société de la France du siècle dernier. Toujours le même petit univers étriqué, misérable et falot de ces gens embarrassés d'eux-même, que la vanité ne peut laisser en repos, et qui n'ont rien d'autre à faire qu'à s'observer, qu'à se dénigrer, qu'à ressasser leurs petits intérêts, au point de ne plus savoir par quoi se distinguer du tout-venant autrement qu'en étalant une fatuité aussi vaine qu'odieuse. Il peint cet univers crépusculaire a
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Richard Magahiz
Jun 26, 2013 Richard Magahiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Proustians
This volume was harder to finish than the first two, because I am not naturally a fan of stories fascinated with silly celebrities. The nobles here are people known not so much for anything they think or do than for the antiquity of their genealogy and the extent of their fortunes. The Narrator character grows more and more fascinated with them for what they represent, taking a break from the obsessive attraction he's shown toward certain girls in the past. The second chapter starts out with a v ...more
Lee
Apr 29, 2013 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for the project, four stars for the bulk of this installment, although it leaps beyond stars every once in a while, which keeps me reading/rating it five stars. It's tough to pull off hundreds of pages of shallow conversations in super-rich salons of bygone Paris, but MP does it. (I'll add a quotation later on that comes around page 725 that sums up the narrator's take on this one's excessive frivolous talk.) Scenes of conversations among sometimes insufficiently characterized artisto ...more
Melika Khoshnezhad
وقتی داشتم جلد اول در جست و جوی زمان از دست رفته رو می خوندم، یکی از دوستام بهم گفت دوستش دو سال با این داستان در گیر بوده، من که خیلی داشتم تند تند در دنیای سوان و اودت پیش می رفتم گفتم اووو دو سال؟ نه بابا خیلی جذاب تر از اونه که دو سال آدم بخواد خوندنش رو طول بده. تا اینکه رسیدم به جلد سوم. این جلد و اصلا به اندازه ی جلد یک و دو دوست نداشتم. شاید به خاطر اینکه بیشتر از اینکه در دنیای درونی راوی باشه تو دنیای اشراف اطرافش بود و راوی بیشتر داشت نظاره می کرد دنیای اطرافش و این دنیای اشراف برای م ...more
Susan
May 03, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volume Three of Proust’s masterpiece, “In Search of Lost Time,” is widely regarded to be the most difficult, and least popular, in the series and so I approached it with a little trepidation. Of course, assuming you are embarking on “The Guermantes Way,” you have almost certainly read the first two volumes – if not, they need to be read in order, so please do start at the beginning – and, as such, you will be comfortable with the style and pace of writing. This will help to make “The Guermantes ...more
julieta
Jun 23, 2015 julieta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europa
Gracias a Proust, ultimamente pienso mucho en la sociedad.
En el, en particular, la sociedad francesa, los detalles que surgen en esos encuentros, cenas, reuniones. Los chismes, los rumores, lo "correcto", lo "incorrecto", la poca validez que tienen los títulos a esas alturas, pero que todo el mundo parece tener alguno. La muerte de su abuela. Las diferencias entre familiares, la política (el dreyfusismo, y anti dreyfusismo, como una manera de diferenciar judíos y anti semitas)
En general es frí
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Bram
May 14, 2009 Bram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, proustophilia
Proust was a genius. The intra- and inter- human workings that he describes are universal, and yet he presents them in such a way that they are inarguably sui generis and revelatory, offering each reader an intimate tête-à-tête. In other words he's constantly telling you things you know but didn't know you knew or things you know but could never articulate--even to yourself. If this sounds miraculous...good. It is. To be able to contemplate and savor feelings and ideas that may never have entere ...more
Nelson Zagalo
May 04, 2015 Nelson Zagalo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“O Lado de Guermantes” parece encerrar um primeiro ciclo no romance “Em Busca do Tempo Perdido”, no início Marcel tinha-nos dito que a sua casa, em Combray, apresentava dois lados, com dois caminhos de passeio possíveis, o de Swann e o de Guermantes. Assim, e depois de termos passeado com Swann no primeiro volume, neste terceiro volume visitámos e conhecemos em profundidade o lado que leva à família, de linhagem real, os Guermantes. Marcel deixou a adolescência e com ela as duas paixões do segun ...more
Leonard
Jan 29, 2013 Leonard rated it really liked it  ·  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
Nina
Sep 27, 2007 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first two volumes of this novel blew me away. This third novel was admittedly tougher for me personally. I got halfway through it the summer before grad school, put it down the day before math camp, and didn't pick it up again until two months after I graduated. Losing my momentum made it very hard to get back into it two years later. Furthermore, this entire novel was about Parisian high society, their parties, and the narrator's fascination with them. And what segment of the population cou ...more
Margaret
The Guermantes Way feels like a turning point in In Search of Lost Time for me. By the end of Within the Budding Grove I was thoroughly frustrated with our narrator, wanting him to grow up already or have some deeper insight about the loves of his life than his admiring their beauty (an exaggeration, I know, but after several hundred pages it felt like the same repeated trope).

From other GoodReaders and Proustians, I'd gathered that this third volume of In Search of Lost Time contains some subs
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Robin
Jul 16, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Proust would both love and hate social networking -- Facebook, Twitter, etc. It would be the answer to his prayers (and would not have necessitated the writing of this opus):

Each of our actions, our words, our attitudes is cut off from the “world,” from the people who have not directly perceived it, by a medium the permeability of which is infinitely variable and remains unknown to ourselves; having learned from experience that some important utterance which we eagerly hoped would be disseminat
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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)
  • Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
  • In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower (In Search of Lost Time, #2)
  • 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)
  • Time Regained (In Search of Lost Time, #7)

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