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C by Tom McCarthy
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Sep 10, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: audiobooks, literary, british-lit
Read from January 05 to 28, 2011

This book is a Proustian period piece/faux memoir, except instead of beautifully describing nature & love, McCarthy has a go at technology & sex. To be fair, his go is literary. Entire quotations are lifted from McCarthy's favorite writers and thinkers and other important writers and thinkers will be alluded be directly. One literary idea connects to another and arises again in a different context. And the context grows into a big literary subtext that you can't help but subconciously apply to the second half of the book.

Unfortunately, I'm not a literature major. I'm just a reader. I'm not familiar with all the allusions and, even if I were (was? Yeah, I think technically it should be "was", but "were sounds better) fluent in literary allusion, the audiobook format made confirming any hunch I might have had next to impossible. So I suppose, due to my literary limitations, this novel wasn't my kettle of tea. Therefore, to be fair, since I dared to give Marcel a mere three -stars based on the "not my kettle of tea"-thing, this one can only get a two stars from me.
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15.0% "Not an easy read. Almost Proustian and, for me, that's complicated."
17.0% "Still going slow, but I feel like a rhythm is developing that I kind of appreciate."
28.0% "I'm hoping this is going to go down easier now that Serge is grown-up and Sophie's gone."
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Karena I've never read Proust. Any recommendations?

keatssycamore I understand Remembrance of Things Past is an important work because it is one of the early 20th century books (along with Ulysses) that changed the going definition of a novel. But I feared that it would be a hard read so I cheated and I only listened to the audiobook.

That said, the first half bored me and I liked the second half fine. I can recognize it as great writing (probably even better in the original French), but I didn't finish it wanting to read more Proust. Which may say more about me than it does about Marcel Proust.

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