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Within a Budding Grove: Part 1 (À la recherche du temps perdu #2.1)

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As the young narrator succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, we are presented with an unparalleled account of the pangs of adolescent life. Following an illness, Marcel is sent to recuperate at the seaside resort of Balbec, together with his grandmother.
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Published July 1st 1996 by Naxos Audiobooks (first published January 1st 1918)
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Fionnuala
This is a review of Autour de Mme Swann, the first part of A l’Ombre des Jeunes Filles en Fleurs, published separately in this Garnier-Flammarion edition.

This section of A la Recherche du Temps Perdu reminded me of the soldier who hid under the wide skirts of Oskar’s grandmother in Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum and who found pleasure there but who must have crawled out half suffocated at the end. The title itself, A l’ombre des Jeunes filles en fleurs conjures up a similar image for me: the narrat
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Chris Walker
Much of Within a Budding Grove Part 1 I found dull and tedious. The highlights for me were the descriptions of the Swanns' life at home and how they entertained their guests and the descriptions of Madame Swann, her toilette and the variety of colourful crepe de chine wrappers she wore at home (which makes you want to chuck out your ill fitting cheap tracksuits immediately!). There is a description of the view into the house lit in the evenings as seen by the casual passer-by which is also memor ...more
Victor Carson
Although I loved Swann's Way, the first section of Proust's epic, Remembrance of Things Past, I was really bored by most of the second section, Within a Budding Grove. The new unabridged audiobook was lovingly produced, with flawless narration but, in an unabridged form, the material does not hold by interest. When the author described his life as a child, in Swann's Way, his imagery was beautiful and mesmerizing. The author's life as a young man is much less attractive, although his mind is ver ...more
Mintzis
A writer in the true classic tradition with a plethora of metaphors and similes to guide you through the maze of feelings that make up the landscape of sentient beings. Now I know where Henry James gets his sentence structure and preciousness. I should note here that I did my thesis on James. I'm a glutton for verbal punishment. I'm also getting a lot of gardening done listening.
Ulrike
roughly 1,200 pages into the 3,600 strong epic, I am very much enjoying it.
Holly
Funny. Better than Swann's Way. Vintage classics, 1970.
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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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Other Books in the Series

À la recherche du temps perdu (7 books)
  • Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
  • In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower (In Search of Lost Time, #2)
  • The Guermantes Way  (In Search of Lost Time, #3)
  • Sodom and Gomorrah (In Search of Lost Time, #4)
  • La Prisonnière (À la recherche du temps perdu, #5)
  • Albertine disparue
  • Time Regained (In Search of Lost Time, #7)
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1) In Search of Lost Time  (À la recherche du temps perdu #1-7) In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower (In Search of Lost Time, #2) The Guermantes Way  (In Search of Lost Time, #3) Remembrance of Things Past: Volume I - Swann's Way & Within a Budding Grove

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