Un amor de Swann (En busca del tiempo perdido, #1.2)
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Un amor de Swann (À la recherche du temps perdu #1.2)

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 30th 2004 by Jorge Mesta Editores (first published January 1st 1946)
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For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Hamlet (4) versus À la recherche du temps perdu (29)

[A bar in Elsinore. HAMLET is slumped in front of a large collection of empty glasses]


O, that this too too solid flesh would melt
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd
His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!
How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Fie on't! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden,
That grows to seed; thing...more
May 29, 2013 رقية marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
رواية نفسية يعدها بعض النقّاد أعظم عمل روائي في القرن العشرين، تقع في أكثر من ثلاثة آلاف صفحة وعدد شخصياتها يتجاوز الألفين! مؤلف الرواية كان مريضًا عصابيًا عزل نفسه في الثلاث السنوات الأخيرة من عمره في غرفة مبطّنة بالفلين حتى يعزل الصوت ويستطيع إنهاء كتابه الخالد.
كلّ هذا يجعلني أكثر من متحمسة لقراءة هذه الرواية!
حتى الفعل البسيط جداً الذي ندعوه "رؤية شخص نعرفه" فعل فكري في جزء منه. فإننا نملأ المظهر المادي للكائن الذي نراه بجميع المفاهيم التي نحملها عنه، وتحتل هذه المفاهيم بالتأكيد القسم الأكبر في المظهر الكلي الذي نتصوره، ويبلغ بها الأمر أن تنفخ الوجنتين تماماً وأن تتابع خط الأنف بالالتصاق الدقيق به وتنجح إلى حد بعيد في تلوين رنة الصوت كما لو لم يكن هذا الأخير سوى غلاف شفاف حتى أننا في كل مرة نرى هذا الوجه ونسمع هذا الصوت فإنما نعود فنلقى هذه المفاهيم ونسمعها.
بروست، البحث عن الزمن المفقود، ص 97

I know Proust is supposed to be amazing - maybe reading in the original french was just too much because it's discouragingly dense - the text just goes on and on with extremely rare paragraph markings. The thing about Proust is that he really goes into such minute detail - sometimes it's interesting and insightful, sometimes it seems rambling and irrelevant.

He does a great job of character development and a surprisingly realistic description of the details of human behavior and thinking, but it...more
I realized about halfway through this book, which I found amazingly engaging, is that I have utterly no interesting in seeing the movie (I have a copy published in conjunction with the Jeremy Irons-starring film). Seeing people do foolish things for love (or self-interest or obsession) holds no interest for me, but reading the eloquent and insightful analysis of each step, each feeling, of the relationship was fantastic.
Je n'aimais jamais des livres à propros les difficultés des riches.
Ay, un libro intenso donde los haya. Realmente he terminado con él y se me ha escapado un suspiro. Me llevo muchas impresiones, reflexiones, frases... En cierto modo toda la historia me ha dejado con el corazón en un puño, pero pienso ¡qué fácil es juzgar desde fuera, qué ciegos parecen los enamorados!Hay que verse en la situación (en muchas cosas comprendo perfectamente a Swann)... Sin embargo algunas cosas están claras:
- Basta que tengamos que luchar tanto por algo para que cuando lo consigamo...more
Un Amour de Swan by Marcel Proust

A La Recherche du Temps Perdu is for me the greatest book I came across. I was surprised to see that on the Le Monde list of best books it came only second, even if I love L’Etranger, which was placed at number one.

The first time I saw a book by Proust was in the house of a teacher. A math teacher. Starting to read Proust at 17 was a challenge, indeed- it still is. Apart from finding the book, the length of some phrases-extending over a few pages sometimes- a ser...more
Ignacio Mazzara
"Tiempo atrás, uno soñaba con poseer el corazón de la mujer de la que estaba enamorado; más tarde, sentir que poseemos el corazón de una mujer puede bastar para enamorarnos de ella."

"De todas las maneras de producirse el amor, y de todos los agentes de diseminación de ese mal sagrado, uno de los más eficaces es ese gran torbellino de agitación que nos arrastra en ciertas ocasiones. La suerte está echada, y el ser que por entonces goza de nuestra simpatía, se convertirá en el ser amado. Ni siquie...more
Martin Yankov
I enjoyed reading this novel.

I think it’s safe to say that Marcel Proust really has an amazing writing style. His beautifully constructed sentences just draw you in and you find it hard to put the book down.

The story is not really original or special and maybe it’s not meant to be. I wouldn’t say it’s a story about love, it’s rather a story about all the different feelings and sensations we gather by communicating with someone and call “love”. It’s about all the different stages of attraction,...more
Sarah Shahid
أمتعتني تفاصيل الكتاب حيناً وأرهقتني حيناً آخر
فتارة أحسه يسرد فقط لمجرد السرد وتارة أخرى يشرع في السرد فتراه ينتقل في ماضيه بشكل ممتع أتمنى معه أن لا ينتهي من استحضار هذا الماضي، وقد ذكرني في بعض الأحيان بسلمان رشدي وروايته "أطفال منتصف الليل" على لسان بطله الطفل سليم

لقد اعتمد الكاتب في هذه الرواية عل استحضار الماضي بما أسماه ب"تدخل الذاكرة اللاإردية" حيث يتم تحريك هذه الذاكرة بالتطابق بين إحساس حاضر وبين ذكرى أو بعبارة أخرى، أن تستثير الماضي الكامن في طعم الأشياء ورائحتها، لتعيش الماضي في الحاض...more
Maria Pamela Menale
Quattro stelle. Avevo scritto una recensione, ma per eliminare questo romanzo dalla sezione "abbandonati" ho cancellato tutto =___=". Sarò più breve. Ringrazio la voce di Sandro Lombardi che mi ha guidata nel dedalo di frasi lunghissime che lo lasciavano senza fiato. Ho rivalutato tantissimo il personaggio di Swann, che avevo creduto il classico damerino che si innamora per capriccio, incasina tutto e poi si butta da un lato a piangere pensando a quanto sia stato stupido a rovinare tutto. Non è...more

I love books that explore and reflect inner world of a protagonist, their thoughts and feelings, their state of mind, especially when that's done so realistically, so convincingly, like Proust does. I have never read anything similar to this one, I enjoyed so much writer's thoughts, his deep intuitive knowledge of human soul. Every page is full of beautiful sentences. I gave up taking notes after first 20 pages because I liked everything.


"A s obzirom da su žene u tom pogledu nepokor...more
Sarjan toinen jakso (2. siis jonkun luokituksen mukaan...) on mestarillinen kuvaus järjettömän rakkauden kehittymisestä ja näennäisestä kuolemasta.

Pidin Proustin tyylistä nyt paljon enemmän; haaveilut oli karsittu olennaisiin ja sisällön arvo kasvoi räjähdysmäisesti. Romaanin alku on yksi parhaista lukemistani, samoin loppu. Eikä väliosassakaan moittimista ole.

Kaikkien tavoittelema taiteentuntija ja naistenmies Swann eksyy tapaamansa Odetten kautta keskinkertaisiin seurapiireihin, joiden puuhast...more
J'ai attaqué Proust avec ce 'fragment', en fait la deuxième partie de "Du côté de chez Swann", premier tome de 'A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU'.
Une petite dose homéopathique donc, à priori abordable. Je m'y suis mise et voilà que j'ai été assiégée des phrases interminables qui tournent autour du pot, m'embrouillant et me perdant en route: tout pour me déplaire! Et pourtant...il y avait quelque chose de captivant là-dedans, malgré cette écriture à rallonge qui m'a rebutée au début, et j'ai persist...more
I enjoyed this book, although I didn't find it as enchanting and fascinatingly mystical and mysterious as Swann's Way. Un Amour de Swann was definitely more linear and straight-forward, which was a little sad in my opinion. I was actually starting to enjoy Proust's way of jumping back and forth and interweaving thoughts and stories together. It gave the story in Swann's Way a timeless sort of quality.

In Un Amour de Swann, Swann is the main character, and basically he's an aristocrat who has too...more
Suellen Rubira
Um livro apaixonante e apaixonado. Eu diria - inflamado!

Proust não era dado a nos facilitar a leitura das coisas. "Um amor de Swann" é a segunda parte de "No Caminho de Swann", primeiro volume dos 7 que compõem Em busca do tempo perdido.

A narrativa é um todo contínuo. É difícil parar a leitura e retornar sem ter que maltratar a memória e puxar detalhes.

O que mais me chamou a atenção foi a forma como senti todos os tormentos de Swann à flor da pele. Senti com ele e fiquei com pena dele, assim...more
It is quite an interesting subject. I haven't read to many books dealing with jealousy, but this one seems to me one of the masterpieces.
One of the major problems that prevented me from giving it a higher rating is the style of Marcel Proust. I am not a big fan of Mr. Proust style. His paragraphs span for more than 1 page. His phrases are almost always composed, having more than one subordinates. And he uses a lot of divagations, some of them huge enough to be paragraphs of their own. For exampl...more
يمكن الراجل يكون عنده حاجة كويسة يقولها
ولسة بيمهد
مش عارفة
يمكن حابب يحكي و خلاص
مش عارفة
يمكن بيستدعي ذكرياته ويرغي
بردو مش عارفة

بس اللي عارفاه انه انا معنديش المرارة اللي تخليني اكمل دلوقت
Me pareció una historia que podría ser relatada en muchísimas menos hojas, y con parrafos totalmente fuera de contexto, a pesar del sentido totalmente reflexivo que podrían tener sobre el lector.

No es un libro demasiado cautivador, y en ocasiones se tornaba aburrido pero por la falta de fuerza en cuanto a los hechos. Por otro lado, hay muchas secciones del libro que provoca subrayar, y compartirlas con muchas personas.
Beautiful, rich, and intoxicating language.............more familiarly known to others as flowery.

Proust communicates to the reader in such lushness in this book. The reason for his winding sentences seem because that is the best way to express the otherworldly phenomenon of falling in love.

I'll have to read it again.

Note to self: I will be incorporating Proust's invention, 'thraldom' in my vocabulary.
Proust captures the agonies (primarily), absurdities and occasional, fleeting happiness of unrequited or partially requited love with as keen an observation of human behavior as found in any great literature. He is the writer for the introspective introvert in whom great emotional turmoil is experienced with the outside world being unaware that anything is happening.
questo libro è una sciarpa di seta impalpabile, che avvolge e non ci si può liberare prima dell'ultima pagina. questo libro è musica che entra delicatamente nelle orecchie e non abbandona. non importa la storia, alla fine, quel che conta è il modo di raccontare l'amore di swann per odette e le chiacchiere e le grettezze del mondo che li circonda. che bello.
Antoinette Powell
C.K. Scott Moncrieff's translation is lovely, and it was helpful to have it side by side with Proust's original French. So many people have written brilliantly about Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" already; so, I'll just say it was pleasant to read this and I'm glad the type size was bigger than average.
Lucile Desligneres
This book is a great book for anyone too scared to read the full monty A la recherche du temps perdu. It is also a novel in itself and deals more with Swann than the narrator.
This is a book, mainly I thought, about jealousy... how ridiculous you can become if you are too jealous.
I gave up on this without finishing. For several reasons
a) It's massively difficult for a non-native.
Some sentences went on for pages at a time. I can't cope with that.
b) I don't HAVE to write my essay about it.
c) I don't WANT to write my essay about it.
I know Proust is supposedly a genius, blah blah blah... but I honestly wanted to kill either Swann or myself by the end of the book. All the dude does is whine. Just get it on with Odette and shut up about it.
Proust is THE most difficult writer to understand, in French or in English. This was like the Calculus AP exam for me. I never thought I could do it, but veni vidi vicci!
J'avais oublié l'humour de ce livre, au-delà des tourments de la jalousie et de la différence sociale. A relire avant d'aller voir La fille de Monaco, probablement.
unglaublich schwülstig und mühsam.die Geschichte leider,für mich persönlich, auch nicht unbedingt spannend...
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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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“Quando Odette deixasse de ser para ele uma criatura sempre ausente, cobiçada, imaginária, quando o sentimento que ele tinha por ela não fosse mais aquela mesma perturbação misteriosa que lhe causava a frase da sonata e sim afeto, reconhecimento, quando se estabelecessem entre ambos relações normais que poriam fim à loucura e à tristeza dele, então sem dúvida os atos da vida de Odette lhe pareceriam si mesmos pouco interessantes.” 1 likes
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