Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Finding Time Again (In Search of Lost Time #7)” as Want to Read:
Finding Time Again (In Search of Lost Time #7)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book* *Different edition

Finding Time Again

(À la recherche du temps perdu #7)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  4,584 ratings  ·  418 reviews
Alternative cover edition here.

In Finding Time Again, Marcel discovers his world destroyed by war and those he knew transformed by the march of time. A superb picture of France in the throes of the First World War, and containing in the Bal des têtes sequence one of Proust's most devastating set-pieces, Finding Time Again triumphantly describes the paradox of facing mortal
Paperback, 374 pages
Published October 2nd 2003 by Penguin (first published 1927)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Finding Time Again, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Kiana No. Cause it needs information of previous books. There's a reason that marcel proust wrote 7 books and named it series!
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.48  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,584 ratings  ·  418 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Renato Magalhães Rocha
Longtemps I asked myself if, instead of reading Marcel Proust on my Kindle, I shouldn’t have bought physical books to read in my bed to perhaps be an inch closer to his conditions while he was writing his masterpiece, as having a cork-lined bedroom proved to be impossible this year. Each time I started and finished a volume, I would again ask myself if I should get a paperback edition instead. However, as I had already all seven volumes digitally, and I knew such a big commitment of reading week ...more
This is not a review of this book. This is a testimony of having reached the end of marcel Proust’s La Recherche du temps perdu, as scheduled in The Year of Reading Proust 2013. I started on January 1st and finished it on December 29th.

I have actually read the 53 weekly reading divisions at least two times. So, I have read the full novel twice. I also listened, while reading, to the 111 CDs of the Thélème audio edition.

If the novel was written in bed with the light from one single side lamp, I h
take that, proust - i have finished you!!

summer of proust is OVER!!

if i were to make a collage of the final volume of proust, i would use the following images:

this one started off with some really tantalizing situations and then quickly backed off into more philosophical abstractions. dammit, proust, when you have gay bondage, stay with gay bondage!! and war!! these are exciting themes!! don't drift off into thinky time!!

the frustration i have with this one is the frustration i have with philoso
Adam Dalva
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Somehow, someway, Proust sticks the landing. This is the strongest part of the entire novel (even surpassing the wonderful SWANN IN LOVE), unifyiing both plot and thematics in an absolutely magical way. If you're considering starting Proust and find yourself lost in the weeds, know that all will become clear in the end. There is some amusing and shocking content in this book, which I'll avoid spoiling at all costs, but three instances stand out: The famous last party, where a justifiably legenda ...more
My clearest memory of reading Swann's Way consists of pouring over one of the large illustrations, softly colored and darkly lit and so much more interesting than the Biomaterials lecture I was sitting in, an aisle-edged seat that necessitated swift cover ups from the professor's gaze as well as ensured a swift getaway at the ring of the bell. Now, I am at the close of eleven months on, more than three hundred miles away from the beginning and likely to never join in on such a high and mighty sc ...more
Luís C.
The moment I dreaded so much has finally arrived; this morning, many after having first laid eyes on Swann's side, I finished reading the seventh volume of Marcel Proust's incredible masterpiece. Terminus, everyone goes down, the trip is over, we have found the lost time.
Thus, the time found is the volume that ends the series of research. In a Paris overthrown by the First World War, the author reviews all the characters we met throughout our reading. Some, like the charming Marquis de Saint-Lou
Michael Finocchiaro
You made it! After 2000 some-odd pages, you made it to the end of La Recherche. Your reward is a breath-taking description of Paris under falling bombs during WW I, one of the most incredible passages that Proust ever wrote, "La Bal des Masques" (The Masked Ball), and an end to the most incredible literary voyage ever attempted by an author. He, like Mozart and Bach, literally died with the pen in his hand finishing his blessed cahiers (notebooks) in a race against death. It is a perfect ending ...more
Roy Lotz
I did it.

May 2014 – October 2017
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Proust kills it with this last book in his masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. He pulls it all together. I loved Proust's reflections on literary and artistic creation, reality, memory, pain, death and time -- and how in 'Time Regained' he draws all his themes together.

I'm almost sad my stroll with Proust is over. There are few books I've ever wanted to start reading again immediately after finishing. Today as I was setting down 'Time Regained', I almost reached for 'Swann's Way'. I feel l
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
As of 20:50 on July Seventh, Two Thousand and Ten, I'm still slightly reeling from finishing this book, roughly twenty two hours ago. Like ninety nine point some high number percent of my reading experiences I read this in less than optimum conditions; by plowing through the last hundred pages or so at a un-Proustian pace. There are parts of the text I'm sure I missed, little subtleties I could have enjoyed and blah blah blah, but I think the overload was also Proustian, especially in light of w ...more
Lee Klein
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To say I've read the complete seven-volume novel now is truth and lie since it'll take a few more trips down the pair of "ways" and "transversals" before I can really call this "read." Maybe my favorite volume for the fifty-page stretch where M. explicitly addresses the work to come. Some of the best writing about writing I've read. Otherwise, threads are tied up -- plus there's literal tying up (bondage), pedophilia (only a mention), WWI in Paris, zeppelins and airplane fighters at night (the p ...more
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-novels
I've been reading Proust for just over a year, just a little a day. I'm going to miss dipping into it, it's become part of my life. Still so beautifully written that it's almost impossible to review. Some of the old favourites return again; Gilberte, Charlus, Morel, Mme Verdurin amongst others. The time period spans the First World War and takes us into the narrators' middle age and towards his own death. Memory and the weight of the past recur as themes and it is as though the narrator is makin ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I am finished, ... and I could've finished the night before, but as I approached 98% on my Kindle, I decided to stop as I was so tired at that point, I didn't want to rush that last percent (documents stop at 99% on my device); it was a good decision, as the last percent was one to especially savor. I then got on GR to announce my accomplishment (because without GR, I doubt I would've ever read this opus) and almost immediately Kalliope congratulated me on becoming a fellow Proustian, genero ...more
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
What Didn't Happen In 1927

ANCHORMAN: And now we're going over to Paris, where crowds have been gathering since early evening waiting for the midnight release of Le temps retrouvé, with pre-ordered sales already totalling more than eleven million copies! Margaret FitzWilliam reporting.

[Paris street. Large number of people in fancy dress lining up outside bookstore. Carnival atmosphere]

JOURNALIST: Yes, all the Proust fans are out in force tonight waiting for the conclusion of the series! I can see
230619: looking at books that are more ‘achievements’ than necessarily ‘great reads’, i decide to focus on this most emblematic former, this we readers can simply announce author’s name and bask in general approval/annoying dismissal (not read in french though? pity...) and feel for few minutes have accomplished something. more than reading real long classic. i am thinking about this, about academic markers in general, because my father must face now losing all those years of knowledge learned, ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first begin reading, “In Search of Lost Time,” I had planned to read it throughout 2015. I now find myself halfway through 2016, but I have – eventually – finished this enormous work. I can say that, rather than get to the last page with relief, I actually feel a great sense of loss. Proust has become my companion and to think I will not be in his company during any part of the day almost makes me want to go back to the beginning and begin again!

This last volume has, “Time Regained,” and
“After all, I have seen some beautiful things in my life.”

10 stars for the overall ISoLT experience - if Swann's Way and Within a Budding Grove haven't already convinced you; then Time Regained should - of the validity & need of Proust worship in the world of literature, now and forever. Period.

For an year, an enchanted world of art, music, literature, history, and romance, opened up for us - we too could be a part of the hyper-sophisticated world of Faubourg Saint-Germain, but ultimately,
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, proustophilia
Sunday was Community Day at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which meant free entry to all. Deciding to take advantage of this at the expense of a gorgeous late summer day, I spent a couple of hours wandering through the impressive but under-construction building, primarily in the European and American wings that cover the last few centuries. I stopped in front of 200 or so paintings, but only two “spoke” to me. While in many circumstances a one-percent hit rate implies a horrible failure or d ...more
Note: In this review, I will use “Proust” to refer to the writer of the work and “Marcel” to refer to his name sake character in the work.

When I started learning French, one of the goals I set for myself and promised myself was that I would one day read A la recherche du temps perdu, all of it, in French. I even shelled out for a leather bound illustrated version of the French classic, which was my pledge to myself towards redeeming that promise. Those seven volumes sat on my shelf for more tha
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A work of art is experienced as a temporal, durational phenomenon. It is also an object of physicality, something that is reacted upon and reproduced by our senses and processed, firstly, by our intellect. Therefore a work of art is an object of space-time, as it contains within itself dimension and duration, properties availing themselves of our immediate sensory perceptions and our ruminative, reflective abilities at the same instant. If an image especially strikes us as it is burned onto the ...more
W.D. Clarke
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For it seemed to me that they would not be “my” readers...
Oh yes we are....

...but the readers of their own selves...
That too. book being merely a sort of magnifying glass like those which the optician at Combray used to offer his customers...
10x magnification!

—it would be my book, but with its help I would furnish them with the means of reading what lay inside themselves.
All too true, alas.

...So that I should not ask them to praise me or to censure me...

but simply to tell me wheth

Description: Paris is ravaged by the Great War. Marcel despairs at his own failures, but the simplest of discoveries awakens astonishing possibilities.
Stars James Wilby.

Revisiting, via BBC R4x, all the books in remembrance, our world has altered too.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s this thing I do when I like something very very much and it is that I try to delay the end as long as possible. In fact, when I become obsessed with TV series, and they come to an end, I don’t watch the last episode: if I never do it, there’s always some piece of it remaining. However, this is the first time I do it with a book, for it’s been almost three months since I read the previous volume. So reading In search of lost time took me one year, two months and three days — partly, becau ...more
--Time Regained (In Search of Lost Time Volume VII)


A Guide to Proust:
Index of Characters
Index of Persons
Index of Places
Index of Themes
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess this is it, the end of the journey.
Swann's Way was among the first novels I picked up when I started reading, sometime past 18. Since then, I have been reading one tome every year, up until now that I'm 26.

It's a strange task to describe this journey of so many years. In the last book, the narrator tells us that he wants to write a book which helps the reader understand himself, or rather helps him decipher his own life. That's pretty much the imprint Proust's work left on my life. Of c
Jul 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm moving, so I'm packing, which is making me very nostalgic and contributing to some pretty embarrassing online procrastination. It's also making me think a lot about Proust because you know, moving and reminiscing about all the places I've lived over the years and going through all this old shit, well, it's obviously getting pretty Proustian pretty quick around here. Well, except it is and it's not, because when Proust moved he didn't have to beg for boxes at the supermarket or pack things or ...more
David Lentz
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this final life's work of Proust on the theme of the passage of Time it's clear that the author is riper, near to death and concerned about the lasting impact of his writing. "Eternal duration is promised no more to men's works than to men." Yet there is so much beauty and substance and lyricism in his 4,300 pages clearly his volumes are, both individually and collectively, a masterwork for the ages. The novel seems more like an autobiography in which the names of persons and places have been ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm very glad that I have now read ISOLT and have some glimmer of why so many have devoured and loved this work for so long. I will return with more of a review.
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than a commentary on Swann’s jealousy or M. Charlus’s homosexuality or the frivolity of the Guermantes’ sorties, Marcel Proust’s monumental work In Search of Lost Time paints the unsuccessful reconstruction of a forgone world and a lost existence from fickle memories, which like morning mists would fade with the rising sun. The narrator Marcel, longing for a past that didn’t exist but must be created, sought to experience Bergson’s continuous time rather than the fragmented and still-framed ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I began reading Proust’s seven-volume masterpiece on New Year’s Day 2014, and began my journey with the C.K. Scott Moncrieff translation, regarded as a work of genius in its own right. I stuck with this translation for the first three volumes and then moved on to the amended version by Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin. It was this translation which absorbed my attention for the next three volumes, from Sodom and Gomorrah through The Fugitive. The Modern Library translation of Time Regained ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Marcel Proust: A Life
  • Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time
  • Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time: A Reader's Guide to the Remembrance of Things Past
  • Marcel Proust: A Life
  • Marcel Proust
  • Proust's Way: A Field Guide to In Search of Lost Time
  • Monsieur Proust's Library
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls (Sparknotes Literature Guides)
  • Monsieur Proust
  • The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  • A Start in Life
  • Proust and Signs: The Complete Text
  • Pot Luck
  • The Temptation of St. Antony
  • Proust
  • Le neveu de Rameau
  • Pierre et Jean
  • Pages from the Goncourt Journals
See similar books…
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

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)
  • La fugitiva (En busca del tiempo perdido, #6)
“Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer's work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book. The reader's recognition in himself of what the book says is the proof of the book's truth.” 805 likes
“Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.” 70 likes
More quotes…