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The Complete Short Stories of Marcel Proust

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Proust is developing into one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. This new collection contains his first literary endeavor, "Pleasures and Days," translated into English for the first time in 50 years, along with six additional stories, never before seen in English.

Critiquing Proust's early stories is like appraising Picasso's four-year-old napkin dr
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Paperback, 201 pages
Published June 18th 2003 by Cooper Square Publishers (first published April 3rd 2001)
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Seemita
Mezzanine.
That is where my soul lies right now.
Elevated, with the soft avalanche of rippling visions,
erupting from the nubile eyes of a young Proust, from a lowly level that
seethed with diminished dignity and blackened clarity
to a mezzanine level, worthy of a corner seat
in a giant hall of evolved consciousness.

Analysing discarded memories from the forgotten boxes,
left lying beneath unpleasant mounds of soiled fates and muddy losses,
had seldom turned so aromatic an episode, so imminent an
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Barb
Jan 23, 2009 Barb rated it it was ok
The Foreword and Preface of this edition help understand a bit about Marcel Proust and his style. I found the translation very readable. The stories and snippets show characters caught in a society where appearances and social networks are all that matter. I frequently skimmed over passages that were too convoluted or had references I could not understand. Marcel Proust wrote in French around 1900, so perhaps that accounts for some of my troubles. While some of the passages were engaging, I fail ...more
J.M. Hushour
Yep, Marcel comin'. I'm angling for that mega reread of Proust's giant whatever-you-want-to-call-it, novel, pastwank. I thought I'd prepare by reading this little volume of Proust's short stories. Right? Proust? Short stories? Impossible! Nay, I say. He did write some. All of his output wasn't gargantuan, pickled metaphor novelistic onanism.
These aren't bad. Like the introduction says, you can see his "style" developing, these are little slivers of prose airlifted right out of "Things Past" and
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Martin
Jul 22, 2015 Martin rated it it was ok
I had to stop reading this one. I can see his qualities as a writer, and although I give this book only 2 stars, I agree with those who give him 5. If you love language wizardry, colorful and detailed exploration of characters inner state of emotion - this book is probably it. The stories ar slow plotwise but very rich in character development. My cousin likes him and read In search for lost time in french - twice! Ill never do that. After this Ill go back to Philip K Dick, Arthur C Clarke or Jo ...more
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Apr 26, 2011 §-- rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Uneven, but evidence, no less, of genius. I can't believe he finished this by the time he was 21. I certainly wasn't writing like this then--I still can't now. Proust's wisdom and psychological understanding was beyond his years; beyond his parents' years, even.

The good:
"The Death of Baldassare" is one of my favorite stories. If I ever get a job teaching English I'll teach this one, which shows how we perceive life and death differently as circumstances steadily change. Proust is able to show u
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Michael
Oct 07, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
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Fiction A-Z Book 'P': The Complete Short Stories of Marcel Proust

"A fashionable milieu is one in which each person's opinion is made up of everyone else's opinions. Does each opinion run counter to everyone else's? Then it is a literary milieu." --Marcel Proust 'Fragments of Commedia Dell'Arte'

So...now I've read some Proust. Where do I apply for my literary pretension merit badge? :)

But, in all honesty, I was pretty surprised by this collection. I was expecting something dry and more than a litt
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Carolyn
Jun 13, 2013 Carolyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A collection which wanders through short stories, observations, diaristic sketches and back to stories again. Published when Proust was 25 in a translation that captures the irony and delicate Rococo of the original French. In context it is a remarkable book. I found it best to skim some passages, the stories being by far the best parts.
ej cullen
Jul 06, 2010 ej cullen rated it it was ok
I had to read Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" in college, and stumbled and grumbled through it. Thinking I must have missed something, I picked up this, his 'compete stories.' So far, he's aggravating me again.
Oakley
Jul 30, 2011 Oakley rated it liked it
He must be a good writer to make me care about the personal problems of spoiled French aristocrats. His style is cool and algebraic; all the characters could all just be called x,y or z.
Bennet
May 21, 2011 Bennet rated it really liked it

This edition, translated by Neugroschel, was highly recommended by someone who knows Proust and French, and I love it.
Everett Darling
Aug 24, 2008 Everett Darling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jilted lovers and other romantics
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Proust saved my life.
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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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