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Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
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Aug 15, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, classic
Read in August, 2011

M. Proust was actually generous enough to outline the frame of his ideations. The beginning of which introduces the model of encompassing individual experience. He ingeniously crafts characters which change just as much as you may. You will find yourself laughing, crying, and marveling at his picturesque illustrations while winding your attention through his labyrinthine postulations. However, reading it quickly or slowly will not curtail the excitement of the read, as the characters themselves are very easy to relate with. One aspect of Proust's timelessness model, is in his ability to describe. This is apparent in the way which he relates in the second to last chapter, "Swann in Love" in which M. Swann makes a sudden recanting of his craze over Mdme.Odette. He announces his love momentarily, not in Odette but in music, which his way of ingesting life experience actually relates music to what is unseen. The historicity of object is annihilated and supplanted by sensation. To Swann, music paints a picture to the mind; in the moment of performance, the steps to illustrate lose meaning: the notation and/or grammar of musical performance. In essense, Swann's Way is respectively a perfect introduction to the remaining volumes of this masterpiece.
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