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The Sweet Cheat Gone (À la recherche du temps perdu #6)

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Albertine has finally escaped her 'imprisonment' from Marcel's Paris apartment... Not only is Marcel quite unprepared for the effect her flight has on him, but also soon he is devastated by news of an even more irreversible loss.
Unknown Binding, 379 pages
Published 1972 by Chatto & Windus (first published January 1st 1925)
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note: i did not read this in french. i have to review the fugitive here, even though i read the modern library edition that collects the captive with the fugitive because i think i went on way too long on the captive review to fit any more opinions, even though i don't want to review this one with too many details because this is the one in which the Big Thing happens, so i don't want to spoil anything for those of you who are right behind me with your readings. plus, i loved the captive more th
Jan 12, 2016 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
None of my GR friends who've added this book as 'read' have reviewed it and I may take that as a sign that I don't 'have' to either. But, no, my real 'excuse' is that almost from the very beginning of my reading this, it was a time of two personal losses, which is 'appropriate' in that the story, what there is of one, is also one of loss and grief, but in such an abstract way, or so it seemed to me, that I had a hard time identifying mine with its, and I am generally very good at universalizing ...more
Jul 14, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who has ever been dumped
Sit down, rock n' roll breakup-song maestros of the twentieth century (you know who you are)! Proust made you irrelevant before you were born.

I wish I'd read this in my early twenties, when I still had an actual heart left to break. You know all those insane impulses and fantasies you experience at such times, like the urge to send a letter to your ex-girlfriend describing the yacht and Rolls Royce you'd secretly bought and were planning to give her the morning she left you, which now will remai
Jan 13, 2016 Darwin8u rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I could no longer desire physically without feeling a need for her, without suffering from her absence.”
― Marcel Proust, The Fugitive


I start reading Proust and it feels like I've submerged into a slow-moving prose river. The water is clean, with gradual bends, but sometimes filled with small boiling eddies, swirls, and reverses. Time and memory move in one direction, but the current of Proustian memory contains an involuntary universe of vortexes and wakes. We fall in and out of love. Our memo
Luís Blue Yorkie
As I expected, I really liked this volume.

The biggest difference of this volume to others is that the action, (if you can say "action" on the novel by Proust, rrs) that before was happening in the middle of dozens of characters, this time is more concentrated in Albertine and the narrator, more precisely in the deep conjectures about this "black arrow" of jealousy.

The parties that would suit me, as always, are those that the Baron Charlus makes himself present. What an amazing character!

And Ms.
Aug 24, 2014 Yann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yann by: Kalliope
Shelves: france, fiction

Cet avant-dernier tome de la recherche plonge le narrateur de Proust dans les affres de la déréliction et des regrets, suite au départ d'Albertine. C'est le plus court et le plus vite expédié de l'ensemble. Toujours aussi délicat, toujours à couper les cheveux en quatre, toujours aussi détaché, tout entier à son introspection, le narrateur s'accroche à la fuite du temps, et annonce le thème du dernier volume. J'ai eu beaucoup de plaisir avec celui-là, en particulier les réflexions sur le voyage
Sep 21, 2009 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I took almost a year off between the last Proust book and this one. I think I made the right choice in waiting so long to return to Proust. I will try to explain, but I will try to give very little details to spoil anything.

The Sweet Cheat Gone starts almost immediately after the end of The Captive, as the title suggests and the French title even more explicitly makes known this book deals with the aftermath of the events of the last novel. (I've been curious about why certain books of Proust ha
Jun 20, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-novels
Six out of seven volumes completed! This volume to me felt more like a linking volume, a preparation for the conclusion; although a great deal happens, mainly in relation to the now departed Albertine. True to form, now she's gone our narrator wants her more than ever. We learn more about the lesbian tendencies of Albertine and her friends. Our narrator visits Venice with his mother and reads Ruskin. We come across Saint-Loup again and Gilberte and the two get married, leading to various asides ...more
Nelson Zagalo
Jul 19, 2015 Nelson Zagalo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E ao sexto volume senti a força do romance irromper por entre todo aquele manto constituído por camadas e camadas de análise e auto-análise. Proust surpreende-nos, mas se me surpreendi com a reviravolta no enredo, mais ainda me surpreendi, por só agora me ter apercebido de um traço central em toda a escrita da ‘Recherche’, a tentativa deliberada para evitar a emoção estética. Proust cita por duas vezes Descartes ao longo da obra, mas só aqui me dei conta do quão contaminado por ele estava Proust ...more
Duffy Pratt
Oct 23, 2011 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
This series definitely counts as the longest reading effort where I have persisted (if sporadically). I first read Proust during the summer of my freshman year of college, almost 35 years ago. I quickly read the first two books, and then stumbled a bit in the middle of The Guermantes Way but finished all three fairly quickly. I didn't start Cities of the Plain for another three years, and I think it took almost two years to get through it. For some reason, the charm had been wearing off. I didn' ...more
Celebrity Death Match Special (reprise): Albertine disparue versus Killer Crabs

One of the most sensational literary discoveries of the last year was the hitherto unknown first draft of Albertine disparue. In the final version, (view spoiler) It transpires that Proust had originally planned a more explicit treatment. I am proud to present my translation of the following key passage from Volume
Oct 24, 2014 Kaveh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french

یک واکاوی حیرت انگیز از ذهن انسان. شاید در این اثر پراحساس، پراحساس ترینشان باشد.
حوادثی که در 70 صفحه پایانی این کتاب رخ میدهد، شگفتی بیشتری برمی انگیزد از نبوغ پروستو دقت و ریزبینیش در این اثر.
May 17, 2011 Margot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hurray! The abusive relationship is over and the introspection is back. But can you believe that by the end of this book the narrator of all people will be the only heterosexual left (to his mind, at least), everyone else seeming to have dark, secret homosexual lives?
After struggling through The Captive I found the Fugitive much more interesting again. Proust is masterful at protraying the ever-changing perceptiions and reality of ourselves and other people, as Marcel pursues both the physical and the conceptual Albertine. He examines and reexamines whehter we can ever know much about another person, and if instead our relationship with another is only with our sense of the other in our own head. With every volume the echoes and mirror images of relationship ...more
Tras haber leído La fugitiva, esta supuesta revisión final del VI tomo de la obra de Proust no deja de ser una curiosidad literaria pero que en nada puede sustituir el original manuscrito por Proust. Los cortes tan drásticos previstos por Proust en esta copia mecanografiada nunca podrían sustituir a la redacción manuscrita, pese a las reiteraciones, vacilaciones, párrafos absolutamente cansinos de La fugitiva. Mucho se pierde en este corte radical, desde frases fascinantes a situaciones o trmas ...more
Still thinking how to review this...
But here's a start, Proust in Venice :
Dec 16, 2015 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Albertine had seemed to me to be an obstacle interposed between me and everything else, because she was for me what contained everything, and it was from her as form an urn that I might receive things. Now that this urn was shattered, I no longer felt that I had the courage to grasp things; there was nothing now from which I did not turn away, spiritless, preferring not to taste it.”

It is a decidedly stuffier translation than the revised one by Enright; Moncrieff takes liberties that make me mi
Apr 09, 2015 Stavros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hall-of-fame
Γράφει ο μεταφραστής και επιμελητής της έκδοσης Παναγιώτης Πούλος τον Νοέμβρη του 2013:<<Με την "Αλμπερτίν αγνοούμενη",έκτη ενότητα του"Αναζητώντας τον χαμένο χρόνο",δεν κλείνει απλώς ο κύκλος του "μυθιστορήματος της Αλμπερτίν",που περιλαμβάνει και την προηγούμενη ενότητα,τη "Φυλακισμένη",αλλά ολοκληρώνεται και η επεξεργασία της θεματικής των περιπετειών της συνείδησης,ειδικότερα των διεργασιών του έρωτα και της ζηλοτυπίας.
Η ολοκλήρωση αυτή αποτελεί βασική προυπόθεση για την ανάδυση,στον ε
Richard Magahiz
Nov 16, 2013 Richard Magahiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the one volume some have advised the casual reader of Proust to skip entirely when dipping into the series, it plays an important role in showing the Narrator sink to his lowest level. He has adopted all the mores of the upper classes while simultaneously engaging in activities they forbid. Deciding to live with Albertine was the one serious choice he made, at the end of Cities of the Plain, and now when obsessive jealousy and an atmosphere of secrets destroyed the basis of that ...more
Mateus Pereira
Jan 17, 2013 Mateus Pereira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O sexto volume do Em busca do tempo perdido é o momento de maior ruptura dentro da estrutura do monumental romance. No final volume anterior, A prisioneira, Albertine desaperece e deixa Marcel. Nesse, A fugitiva, vemos a luta interior do herói narrador para sobreviver sem seu grande amor, sua luta para não pensar nela e para viver sem sentir aquela língua que "como um pão cotidiano, como um alimento nutritivo" Albertine lhe "metia na boca".

Proust utiliza pelo menos as duzentas páginas iniciais p
Sep 04, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 4.5

If possible, I am even more impressed with the series as I am close to seeing the full scope of the books. Details and events in the first books are guides and foreshadows to what is to come. Epic. I had already thought I would reread the first two books once I finish the last, but now I am guessing I end up reading them all.

The most brilliant sections are the ones told through the eyes of the narrator. Or rather told inside his head. The obsessions, the flawed but honest reasoning, the ne
Feb 01, 2015 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'attente, l'oubli

Alors que les dernières pages nous emmènent à Combray, j’ai été saisi d’une forte émotion, comme beaucoup de lecteurs j’imagine, en revoyant le premier tome comme ma propre enfance, et la vie parcourue comme la mienne, la nôtre. Si je m’essaye à parler de Proust, le désagréable sentiment de livrer une succession de banalités m’accapare. Peut-être parce que tout a déjà été dit. Peut-être que quand on aime trop, la lucidité n’est pas notre grande amie. Albertine Disparue un tom
Jul 26, 2014 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had thought that this would be even harder to get through than “The Captive”, but I much prefer the narrator bemoaning life without Albertine than how he conducted himself when he actually had her. I have found that in massive stories like this (“Dream of the Red Chamber” or Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha novels come to mind), I eventually lose a certain distance from the characters and occasionally forget where my life ends and the fiction begins. In this volume in particular, I am much reminded of ...more
Joao Vaz
Aug 25, 2012 Joao Vaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que turbilhão!

É o mais pequeno de todos, mas volvem-se anos e anos! O inesperado é palavra de ordem, entre revelações desconcertantes, avanços políticos e a multiplicação de parelhas über improváveis!

Mais, Proust não perde o fôlego já que é com uma meticulosa pincelada que nos é dado a conhecer as calles e canais de Veneza (rigor esse que nos foi apresentado com a descrição do pórtico da igreja de Combray no vol.I)

Ah!, e Marcel sofre, sofre muito.
Karine Mon coin lecture
Feb 09, 2016 Karine Mon coin lecture rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Adoré cette partie d l'histoire... Et je suis fan des phrases interminables!
Sep 16, 2015 Zari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, novel
در نیازم به این که آلبرتین را هر شب اینگونه نزد خود نگه دارم، گذشته از تمنایی که با پیشکشی جوانی را میستود، چیز دیگری هم دخالت داشت که تا آن زمان در زندگیام … بیسابقه بود. … بدون شک بسیار تعجب میکردم اگه به من گفته میشد که یکسره آدم نیکی نیستم و بویژه این که میکوشم کسی را از لذتی محروم کنم. بیگمان خودم را در آن زمان خوب نمیشناختم، زیرا لذتی که از اقامت آلبرتین در خانهام میبردم بس بیشتر از آن که لذتی مثبت باشد، ناشی از این بود که دختر شکوفا را از جهانی که هر کسی میتوانست خوشیِ بودن با او را بچشد ...more
Hope N
The first of the volumes publishes after Proust's death, it is, as result, less polished than the earlier ones - unfinished sentences, paragraphs he meant to write later, repetitions, characters who show up after having been pronounced dead, and some rather awkward plot devices (very unusual for MP).
And yet, this is still one of the most beautiful volumes in the work. The narrator loses his love and (finally!) gains some maturity. His reflections on life and death, on the passing of time and how
Travelling Sunny
Nov 11, 2014 Travelling Sunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many things are revealed in this volume. I'd quite lost track of some of the older characters and then BLAMMO! they are back - with explanations that I didn't see coming at all. How'd I miss so many of those things that were alluded to 2,000 pages ago?
Book Wormy
Oct 19, 2014 Book Wormy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-read
The Sweet Cheat Gone Volume 6 of Prousts 7 Volume work The Remembrance of Things Past
2 Stars

**************************'Spoiler Alert*********************************

My hopes had been raised at the end of volume 5 when Albertine finally had enough of Marcel and left him only to be dashed at the beginning of volume 6 when she reveals she would happily go back to him. NO NO NO

Then I thought the narrative was going to go in a new direction when Albertine dies but NO Marcel continues to hunt through
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