Time Regained (In Search of Lost Time, #7)
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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 June 3rd 2003 by Modern Library (first published 1927)
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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...more
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...more
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
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
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
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
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...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, In Search...more
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
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...more
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
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
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.
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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
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...more
David Lentz
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
My thoughts on In Search of Lost Time as a whole are below! First, my thoughts on Time Regained:

Well, Proust definitely knew how to write a satisfying ending. The last 100 pages of the novel are a glorious culmination of the themes and ideas that have filled the previous 2900 pages. I did find things ever so slightly repetitive after a while, but not because Proust was literally repeating himself. This was more because he was coming at his major themes (time, memory, literature, art, change, ide...more
Time Regained finishes up In Search of Lost Time, and it's an incredible power house description of and reflection on memory. Our narrator is in war-time Paris, and things have changed. Gone are the usual landscapes and usual social maneuvering (though there is of course still some because it's Paris high society), but the Narrator's memories and Françoise still remain.

And indeed this ignorance of people's true social position which every ten years causes the new fashionable elect to arise in a
Jim Coughenour
Finally. Reaching the distant conclusion of Proust's very long book – which is in fact the beginning – was a relief, a little disappointing, and ultimately satisfying. I've been reading Proust over the past 30 years, starting it again and again, with the advantage that I have certain passages from Swann's Way interwoven with my own memories, in fact it is part of my memory, or more honestly, my imagination. When I wake up to a bright June morning, part of me is "remembering" Proust's mornings in...more
Non chiederei ai miei lettori di lodarmi o di biasimarmi, ma solo di dirmi se è veramente così, se le parole che essi leggono dentro di sé sono proprio quelle che io ho scritto.

Il tempo ritrovato è l’ultimo capitolo del romanzo La ricerca del tempo perduto di Marcel Proust. L’autore aveva ideato il finale sin dal principio anche se la morte è sopraggiunta troppo presto. In questa ultima puntata il narratore ci fa incontrare per l’ultima volta tutti i personaggi della Ricerca poiché la seconda p...more
Scott Gates
Time Regained is weird because it brings the reader up to the point, chronologically in “real” life, at which the narrator has a revelation—during a party at the Guermantes’s—and decides he must leave society to live monastically and work on his monumental writings concerning his existence in time. So the end of the book brings you to the point at which the narrator decides he’s going to begin writing the four-thousand-page multi-volume book you’re about to finish reading.

More than previous vol...more
The remarkable thing about the series, looking back, is that Proust embeds his memory into the reader so comprehensively. You find yourself remembering details in a haze, as if they were your own. The inclusion of detached details and impressions with often no immediate significance, unpleasant as it may first seem, builds a web of connections later on. Despite what you think, memories related with such realism and complexity don't fade.

The lack of involvement on Marcel's part in the concerns o...more
Eccoci qua, letti tutti e sette i volumi posso ammettere anche un certo rimpianto, anche se all'inizio non é stato facile perché è necessario trovare il proprio modo di leggere Proust, di farsi piacere queste infinite serate nei salotti a discutere del niente e a commentare le toilette delle signore di dubbia genealogia. I suoi discorsi non sempre sono stati interessanti, ma alcune sue osservazioni non possono che essere indimenticabili. Alla fine ero preoccupata quanto lui che non riuscisse a p...more
Too overwhelmed to write much at the moment. I've lived a thousand lives since starting Proust over two years ago, and every one of them was rushing back to me as I read the last few pages. My heart pounded and tears sprung to my eyes, and I had this crazy thought that I was going to drop dead two pages before the end. I think Proust would have appreciated that. Anyway, until I'm feeling more eloquent about the experience, I'll just say this: ASTOUNDING work.
I began reading Proust’s seven-volume masterpiece on New Year’s Day 2014, and began my journey with the C.K. Scott Moncrieff translation, regarded as a work of genius in its own right. I stuck with this translation for the first three volumes and then moved on to the amended version by Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin. It was this translation which absorbed my attention for the next three volumes, from Sodom and Gomorrah through The Fugitive. The Modern Library translation of Time Regained...more
Finished the series and it feels like an achievement, feel like I've watched a character grow up and pass through life. Marcel the narrator has described so much not just the visual but emotions that go with that.
Particularly liked the last section dealing with the narrator's old age, looking back on his life.
I liked it very much,but feel free to read other books now, The problem is I don't know what I want to read next. Free at last! but at the same time feel lost without the world of Proust. I want to read Marcel Proust again ,but not anytime soon.
lyell bark
the 5th book was a bit of a slog because it's about having a girlfriend and going on dates or whatevr, which i CCANNot realte too. but this one gets better because proust finally figures out that people age and die and get all old and senile and stuff. after some weird 20s sex stuff, marcel spents the last 300 pages or so of the book making fun of people for being old and dying, and he calls them stupid. he even resurrects some characters who have previously died in other books, so they can atte...more
Justin Evans
An amazing conclusion, but also a little sad- what would Proust have done with this volume had he lived just a year or two longer? There are obvious problems (characters die, then reappear; Marcel meets people and then says he hasn't seen them etc...), but the more important problem is with the theory. Is Proust's experience meant to be a yardstick for *all* literature, or only for his novel? Would he have ended up more with a 'other people's books help you to read yourself' theory, or with a 'y...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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“Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.” 34 likes
“And it is because they contain thus within themselves the hours of the past that human bodies have the power to hurt so terribly those who love them, because they contain the memories of so many joys and desires already effaced for them, but still cruel for the lover who contemplates and prolongs in the dimension of Time the beloved body of which he is jealous, so jealous that he may even wish for its destruction. For after death Time withdraws from the body, and the memories, so indifferent, grown so pale, are effaced in her who no longer exists, as they soon will be in the lover whom for a while they continue to torment but in whom before long they will perish, once the desire that owed their inspiration to a living body is no longer there to sustain them. Profound Albertine, whom I at once saw sleeping, and who was dead.” 21 likes
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