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Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust
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Apr 07, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: i-am-reading-proust, littry-fiction, not-a-polyglot
Read from June 18 to 30, 2010

this is the volume of ISOLT that michael bay will turn into a big budget summer blockbuster, mark my words. there are action verbs!! verbs, i tells ya!

and picture this on the big screen: we open with our hero, crouching behind some flower bushes, unmoving - waiting, just waiting for a bee to come around and assist in the pollination of the flowers.(pshow, whoosh - many michael-bayish essplosions) and although not strictly supported by textual evidence, i expect his little sticky hand was at the ready to relieve his straining trousers should this act of hot plant sexx occur. however - his hopes are dashed by something even sexier happening right in front of the bushes: (pshow - in the distance, an essplosion) two men begin their courtship with birdlike posturing and an involved dance of invert attraction, which they consummate nearby, to the complicated emotions of our watcher. (assplosion) WHO IS ACTUALLY A TRANSFORMER!!! zooooom! (aerosmith song)

and after that, it is like a sexy veil is lifted from the world around him and he sees that there are same-sex relations being pursued everywhere!! france is suddenly super-gay, who would have thunk it? and that is volume 4.

(also, for those of you who were concerned after the cliffhanger at the end of volume 3, where he was fretting for about 75 pages about whether he was actually invited to the party he was planning to attend regardless - spoiler alert - he WAS!!) phew. (essplosion)

it is definitely the most readable volume thus far, unless my proust-vaccine has just finally taken effect. and i think this volume works just fine as a stand-alone novel, whereas some of the others feel broken-off. this one has the humor and the bitterness for which proust is known, with fewer daydream-y bits that make you want to shake him a little, like when the concussed try to take a nap.plus, this book does not end with a whisper, like some of the other ones, but with the bang of a firm, declarative statement - ZING!!

these reviews always sound as though i am not enjoying my proust experience, which isn't true, because i assure you, i am. sometimes it feels like my brain is passing through glue, but there are so many rewarding passages - in this volume primarily about the nature of jealousy and the way we perceive ourselves (and the way we perceive how other people perceive us ) through different "stages" of our lives that are incredibly delicate and superfine in their language.

but seriously, you people don't need me to be reviewing proust. my function on this site is that of a literary piglet, snuffling up the truffle-books; finding the unknown and the forgotten and nudging them to the surface. having said that, i am about to start twilight, so that's one you people might want to keep on your radar.

promises were made.

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

how's this treating ya? i kinda loved the beginning.

karen i like it so far - but i am only on like page buh.

message 3: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine what's page buh?

karen i didn't have the book in front of me - it was meant to indicate "not very far"

message 5: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine not very far for you could be like half the damn book.

karen page 60 maybe? i started it this morning but kept getting distracted by goodreads.com. then greg was on my subway, so i didn't get to read on the way in, or the way home. boo. so - just my lunch break. i'm not that fast!

now i have to go watch a spanish zombie movie!

message 7: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine have fun.

Greg You should send this review to Michael Bey's people as a treatment.

message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

i did adore that opening scene. adding explosions would only help, i would think.

David Sheesh. You people can't even spell Bay right. Do you have problems with words like cat and hat too?

message 11: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg I thought it was Bay, but then I figured Karen would spell it correctly. So I went with her spelling. Figuring a fan of Armageddon would know.

karen i thought that is how he spelled it. why did i think that? i will fix it.

ps. asshole.

karen hahaha, i know - that line was really alfonso bait, but he didn't take it!!

The Crimson Fucker i got it!!! but i hate making no sense!!!! so i enjoyed it by myself! i also liked the transformer joke!

karen that was no joke - it actually happens in this book! really!

message 16: by Greg (new) - rated it 5 stars

Greg do you think the hot plant sex will be shown in the Michael Bey movie? Maybe a soft lit shot of plant sex, while some buggery is going on?

The Crimson Fucker karen wrote: "that was no joke - it actually happens in this book! really!"

no, it didn't! this is one of those important french books right? there can't be no transformers!

David That Miekhall Beigh can really make a great plant sex film. Maybe he can get M'again Fawks to star.


Quacker got back.

The Crimson Fucker David wrote: "That Miekhall Beigh can really make a great plant sex film. Maybe he can get M'again Fawks to star."

WAIT! expand@!!! you know of dendrophiliac porn??? the closer i've ever got to watching that is some chick with a baseball bat! where can i find this Miekhall that you speak off?

karen why does this always seem to happen on my threads??

message 22: by karen (last edited Jul 02, 2010 12:48PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

karen Alfonso wrote: "David wrote: "That Miekhall Beigh can really make a great plant sex film. Maybe he can get M'again Fawks to star."

WAIT! expand@!!! you know of dendrophiliac porn??? the closer i've ever got to wa..."

alfonso, there is no porn,he is simply misspelling michael bay's name to make me feel shame for initially misspelling his favorite director's name in my review. and i feel it. shame. must go hide my burning cheeks in my copy of twilight. at least edward understands me. he always does and he always will! stomps off, tripping over cat ...

message 23: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine you are a porn magnet

David Care-wren, I don't know what you're talking about.

karen playing the innocent does not suit you. i suspect it is unfamiliar ground.

The Crimson Fucker ok, so just to be clear here... there will be no chick on tree action on this thread?

p.s. 100 years of experience being a drama queen... yup edward could understand any crying woman!

karen ha!

no. there is impliit chick on chick action, and some more overt but still subtle man on man. in the first volume there is literal plant-hugging, but proust is never going to give you a boner unless your thing is perfectly grammatical superlong sentences. is it?

The Crimson Fucker nop, i'm into papayas... and non-french stuff... it looks like proust aint for me! so sad... back to my soccer game... the idea of ghana losing and a whole continent mourning it's last team being eliminated makes me smile!!!

p.s. no, seriously! edward is fucking gay! GO JACOB!!!

David I don't know about Edward and Jacob, but Tyler Lautner is so gay. Not that anything is wrong with that, but someone should really inform him of this fact.

The Crimson Fucker David wrote: "I don't know about Edward and Jacob, but Tyler Lautner is so gay. Not that anything is wrong with that, but someone should really inform him of this fact."

i agree with you about the fact that there is nothing wrong with being gay... but there is a lot of wrong with over kill gay! sparkles... the fuck!?

karen i am too lazy to google (twss) tell me who that is, david.

David Sparkles are so gay that they're butch again.

Tayler Lautner is the guy who plays Jacob in the movies. (Michelle refuses to believe he's gay. But seriously... C'mon.)

karen oh. but isn't he like 17?? maybe he is still in the experimental stage.

David Yeah, experimenting with different-sized anal beads maybe.

karen ha! well, i hope he finds the right fit.
i can;t see him as a teen idol. of course, i was still in love with yahoo serious as a teen, so...

message 36: by Esteban (new)

Esteban del Mal I think I made a very cogent argument for Nicolas Cage being the love-child of Edward and Proust on your Twilight comment thread.

karen yes, you certainly did. with music...

message 38: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Michelle refuses to believe he's gay.

That's because he's not gay.

karen michelle, i am almost finished reading twilight!! dooes this mean i have to see the movie, too?

message 40: by Jen (new)

Jen karen, only you could keep me thinking that Proust will get better.

karen greg is reading the final volume right now! i am taking a break while i am in rhode island, but just live vicariously through me!! you have too much going on right now for proust. but bam - whoosh fireworks and explosions!

message 42: by [deleted user] (new)

wow! the last one! that was high on david's list. lucky greg.

karen someday we will all make it so far...

message 44: by Michelle (new)

Michelle RE: 40. I can't believe you have avoided it until now! Awesome!

Anyway, yes, you have to see all the movies. I think you should fly out here and watch them with me.

karen it was a mark of pride for me not to have read it, like avoiding the harry potters and avatar. now, i am no longer untainted by the great crazes. although i still have not read h.p. or seen american idol. i am only slightly tarnished.

message 46: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Yay for Karen. although I can't be seen talking to you if you are holding a twilight book

karen Jasmine wrote: "Yay for Karen. although I can't be seen talking to you if you are holding a twilight book"

oh, you are not going to like my new tattoo, then...

message 48: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I am sure we can fix it. We will add sucks to the end and then you will just look like someone who is a closet twilight fan trying a bit too hard to hide it.

karen no, i actually got a huge back piece of bella and edward in the forest when she sees him sparkle for the first time. he is chuckling and she is grinding her teeth.

Dries Van cann your brain is passing through glue, i had to chuckle at that

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