I skyggen af unge piger i blomst 2 (À la recherche du temps perdu #2)
Værkets fjerde bind, som nu udkommer, er anden del af "I skyggen af unger piger i blomst". Det er oversat af Peter Borum.
De første tre bind af i alt 13 er udkommet i Else Henneberg Pedersens oversættelse, nemlig "Swanns verden", der først blev udsendt i ét bind i 2002 og nu er delt i to, Swanns verden 1-2, mens bind 3 er første del af "I skyggen af unge piger i blomst".
I wanted to support the translation of this volume by James Grieve, a lecturer at my alma mater, Australian National University, when I was there in the 70’s.
I’m pretty sure he taught two of my close friends. While I can’t recall meeting him, I did socialise with one of his colleagues, Robert Dessaix, who subsequently became a talented writer.
It was a very capable French Department. However, in the 90’s, it was decimated by budget cuts and Grieve was made "redundant"...more
À L'OMBRE de la REPRÉSENTATION
On my review of Du côté de chez Swann I had concentrated on the pre-eminence of the visual. The careful attention paid by Proust to light, to colour, to objects that add colour such as flowers, and to painting and the visual arts in general, led me to conceive of his art as painterly writing. All those elements continue in this second volume. I could easily select another rich sample of quotes that would illustrate this visual nature. Indeed, sight is explicitly des...more
Or: The Brain on Proust
There’s a group of 7 ladies I’ve known for quite some time. We meet regularly for afternoon tea, going round turn and turn about, although Barbara has now been excused from hosting in deference to her great seniority and some health issues that come along with the seniority. We have nothing in common except that we are all English native speakers, living here in Germany, and all of us married at one time or another to German husbands. So it’s only the language that con...more
Beauty is truth, truth beauty.
Let us first treat this as a premise, a maxim if you will, this quote from a long dead poet with a penchant for ancient pottery. Then, let us strip whatever meaning that has accrued upon it. Whether it resulted from pure instinct or rote memorization, fling it all away, and leave just the words. Little as they are, they are more than enough.
So, beauty is truth, truth beauty. Now, what is beauty? What is truth?
We sacrifice to beauty in all its forms, the...more
And what a sentence! But I'll come back to that. Let me first hasten to defend myself, to present my credentials, because I realise that Proust is held in such high esteem as to be almost beyond criticism – not in the real world of course, that would be ridiculous, but on Goodreads certainly. Of the 29 Goodreads friends who have rated this, 25 give it five stars, three give it four stars – one (the only French reader) gives it three. Tha...more
Sir, thank you for having written what must be known only as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century; a work of genius.
Unfortunately, this letter cannot be a letter of exaltation, but a rather a letter of apology. You deserve all the adulation which you have received these past 100 years since the first volume of your novel was published. And the Proust group on goodreads is testimony to the faith which you have properly placed in your readers’ abiliti...more
below are the comments which followed.
David – You’re wrong that this is better than Swann’s Way and you’re wrong in calling Proust an ‘anti-romantic’. Try again, jewtard!
Brian – read more carefully, gothskimmer. i wrote that ‘one could say’ that proust was anti-romantic. all i mean is that his extreme nuerosis and need to analyze everything (to death!) does, in a sense, reduce every creature to a 'thinking machine'. after hundreds of pages of his wildly in-depth analysis i...more
The first half of the book was great and made true my prediction that the narrator would experience a “Swann–Odette” type of relationship with Gilberte, replete with its ups and downs and its...more
There's a greater sense of space, of terrain and the broader environment. For me this seemed to allow the often claustrophobia inducing long-winding-inne...more
Ah, Proust's luscious musical prose was like a soothing balm to my throbbing head. The narrator, gentle and captivat...more
In Part 1 of Volume 2 of “In Search of Lost Time”, we meet the narrator, who is now in his early teens and is in love with Gilberte Swann, and is at the same time infatuated with her mo...more
Review of Within a Budding Grove by Marcel Proust.
Shelf: Modern fiction,2013- The year of reading Proust.
A character,the Marquis de Norpois quotes a fine Arab proverb, The dogs may bark; the caravan goes on. And so the ISOLT saga continues– Marcel has a meandering tale to tell and he will take his fine time telling that–fall in line or else,vamoose!
A lot happens in the second book– new characters,new themes are introduced. Old characters & old themes are expanded upon. Marcel gets to share...more
Neither my wife nor I had ever been to Venice prior to this trip, and like any other person vaguely familiar with the city, we had a rich imagination of the charms we would behold: the canal streets, stripe-shirted gond...more
Good thing I have the ever-trustworthy (....???) C. K. Scott Moncrieff to translate this all for me!
I GIVE UP! I mean, not permanently, but for now, yeah, I do. I give UP! I give UP!!! I give up on this Proust! I give up despite this recent line: "I ask you, what in the world can he see in her?...more
The stuff of the narrative is the boring and mundane; french upper middle class life in the late nineteenth century. The narrator is sometimes irritating and sometimes not very likeab...more
After an initial period of withdrawal where I was desperately longing for the metrical sentences of a Lydia Davis translation, I was eventually able to adapt and enjoy this volume.
Volume number 2, "Within a Budding Grove", of Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" is a longing for something more real than anything the narrator could ever imagine. There is desire for Odette, Gilberte, and of Albertine Simonet (with only one n). Let us also not forget that c...more
À la recherche du temps perdu is a fluid cross-country drive through sunrise skies of ever-blossoming oranges, pinks, and violets, sidekicked with a road mix designed by a more perspicacious iTunes Genius® sidebar. After I finish the whole shebang, to staunch the inevitable sense of loss that will come, I may just continue to read this pacific novel on loop, in fits and in starts, in silence and in savo...more
There weren't nearly as many surprises to be found buried in the storytelling. In Swann's Way, we were surprised by the strange couple in the window when Swann was trying to spy on Odette. We were surprised to find that he ended up marrying the same woman. Yet, in this volume, there were only one or two surprises to be had, and those didn't pack nearly the same punch.
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