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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason (ancatdubh2) Great idea!


message 3: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye | 118 comments My review is here:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

I'm also placing some verse and haiku in My Writings:

http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/3...


message 4: by Nick (new)

Nick Wellings | 322 comments I don't think I am equal to the task of reviewing the books, so I enjoy reading others!


message 5: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich (spenkevich) | 3 comments Great idea, now I can feel less shameless for my self-promotion haha
Here's my Swann's Way review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 6: by Aloha (new)

Aloha I guess I should think of writing mine. I was waiting until I finish all seven, but it might be better spacing reviewing each volume.


message 7: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) Mine is over here.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

I was considering reviewing it too. But as an aspiring fiction writer I have a rule for myself only to review non-fiction, at least unless and until I produce any notable work myself. Especially in this case, I feel unworthy.


message 9: by Jason (new)

Jason (ancatdubh2) Joshua wrote: "I was considering reviewing it too. But as an aspiring fiction writer I have a rule for myself only to review non-fiction, at least unless and until I produce any notable work myself. Especially in..."

In response to that I would argue for the "exercise your writing" clause. DO IT.


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Jason wrote: "In response to that I would argue for the "exercise your writing" clause. DO IT."

Thanks Jason :) Maybe I will, in a secret notebook seen only by me!


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

I always feel lazy when writing my reviews! Or not writing them. But here is mine:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 1025 comments I was hesitant to post a review in the midst of such an acclaimed group, but here is my take on Swann's Way:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 13: by Aloha (new)

Aloha I enjoyed your review, Reem! Acclaim? I like posting pretty pictures, not claiming anything. :o)


ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 1025 comments Aloha wrote: "I enjoyed your review, Reem! Acclaim? I like posting pretty pictures, not claiming anything. :o)"

Oh don't be modest. I am in awe of all that you know and share with us, as I am of the rest of this group! Thanks to all of you who liked my "review". :)


message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

I couldn't help but notice the phrase: shaken, not stirred.


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Joshua wrote: "I was considering reviewing it too. But as an aspiring fiction writer I have a rule for myself only to review non-fiction, at least unless and until I produce any notable work myself. Especially in..."

Interesting as I have my own little weird rules when it comes to reading. I don't consider what I write under "reviews" as true reviews. Really they are just my jumbled thoughts.


ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 1025 comments Jeremy wrote: "I couldn't help but notice the phrase: shaken, not stirred."

Lol. Yeah, that bit was for you. When I started writing it, I thought I would just have a little fun with it. I should have spent more time writing it. It was me just being my impulsive self. I wouldn't call it a review either, more of a " my take" on the novel.


message 19: by Richard (new)

Richard Magahiz (milkfish) | 111 comments Here's mine, for Swann's Way. I feel as if after having read this book twice I ought to have more to say, but mostly I feel a little dazed by the experience.


message 20: by Marcelita (new)

Marcelita Swann | 1135 comments Richard wrote: "Here's mine, for Swann's Way. I feel as if after having read this book twice I ought to have more to say, but mostly I feel a little dazed by the experience."

"...motifs are woven in and out: music..."
Your words make me think of Proust's love of Wagner...and Wagner's use of leitmotifs.


message 21: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (nancyhamer) Love reading all your comments. I can only say that reading Proust feels like riding a roller coaster.......in slow motion, and the experience has made a few other books feel as if I were riding a bycicle........on cobblestones!


message 22: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 19, 2013 08:53PM) (new)

My review of Swann's Way.

I got about halfway through and realized that I had a hopeless task ahead of me, if I planned to hit all the highlights, or even most of them. There's too much that absolutely deserves mention to fit in a single review.


message 23: by Kalliope (last edited May 06, 2013 07:41AM) (new)

Kalliope I have just posted my review and will proceed to read others...

Kalliope's Review of Du côté de chez Swann


message 24: by Aloha (new)

Aloha A couple of wonderful reviews today! I really enjoyed Kalliope's and Madame X's angles.


message 25: by Aloha (new)

Aloha I'm aiming for posting mine this weekend. I'm getting a clear idea of how I'll approach in the review of this multi-dimensional novel. But it's not the most difficult novel I've had to review. Women and Men was the hardest I've had to review.


message 26: by Kyle (last edited Feb 20, 2013 10:39PM) (new)

Kyle | 49 comments Well... I manged one for Swann's Way, kind of...I think. Maybe. *closes eyes and turns head away* http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Not sure if I'll do any more, or wait until after the whole of ISOLT is completed. I'll probably wait.


message 27: by Aloha (last edited Feb 21, 2013 03:10AM) (new)

Aloha You're too humble, Kyle! Your review was very enjoyable and on the mark. I need to go gather my posts here and notes in my eBook to start writing my review. That's one good thing about posting frequently in threads. You leave a trail of notes without realizing it. I might write reviews for the other volumes ahead of time while the details are fresh in my mind, but post each review at the end of each volume's reading period.


message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

It is great to see all of these reviews. On the one hand Proust has affected us all in similar ways but on the other each of us carries a unique perspective that allowed us to be affected by the writing in varying degrees.


message 29: by Kyle (new)

Kyle | 49 comments Aloha wrote: "You're too humble, Kyle! Your review was very enjoyable and on the mark. I need to go gather my posts here and notes in my eBook to start writing my review. That's one good thing about posting f..."

Good ideas! I imagine it would be much harder to write a Proust review so long after you read it. We've had some pretty good discussions in the threads, so going back and trying to net out old thoughts seems like it could bring some good results.


message 30: by Patricia (last edited Feb 23, 2013 11:27AM) (new)

Patricia (goodreadscompatricia2) | 370 comments I just don´t know how I found this incredible link but I am totally fascinated.I am argentine and posting from my country.
I read vol I about 15 years ago in a reading group which concentrated mostly of the Bergson-Proust connection.So I found it so cold.
Since then I´ve been meaning to take Proust up again.A lit. professor -oddly called Beatriz,like the one leading Dante (?)- once said to me,"There will come a time when you´ll read Proust,there is always such a time,just pay attention."
...and here you are!!!I found you out while "sailing" the internet some last Wednesday.
I will be starting in Vol.II if this is allowed so as to keep with you your posts.
(I am following the thread on vol I as fast as possible) this is how I found out how much I had missed that first time.Work hours are the best to catch up with your posts ;).
I am reading a Spanish translation becuase here we have to do with whatever we can catch,not much choice.
Teh translation is by Estela Canto -one of Borges´muses) so I hope this will be an asset


ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 1025 comments Patricia wrote: "I just don´t know how I found this incredible link but I am totally fascinated.I am argentine and posting from my country.
I read vol I about 15 years ago in a reading group which concentrated most..."


Welcome Patricia. We're happy to have you read with us. :)


message 32: by Aloha (new)

Aloha Welcome, Patricia! I'm glad that you'll be joining us.


message 33: by Mike (new)

Mike Clinton (mikeclinton) | 3 comments I've been following threads in various discussions but haven't yet posted. I'm resolving to be a more active participant from now on! - so in that spirit, here's a link to my own review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 34: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten (jkeeten) This is one of those books that makes me see the world different, with a bit more wonder. Proust has also had a positive influence on my writing. How could he not? Here is my review. I showed some restraint and didn't write the novella length review such a book demands. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 35: by Jocelyne (new)

Jocelyne Lebon | 745 comments Hello,

I am new to this group but you sound like a witty, smart bunch! I am still trying to find my way around, but I am glad I found you.


message 36: by Aloha (new)

Aloha I'm glad you found your way to the group lounge. Welcome!


message 37: by Richard (last edited Feb 26, 2013 12:08PM) (new)

Richard Here is my review of Du côté de chez Swann: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 38: by Fionnuala (new)

Fionnuala | 1142 comments A little late but in good time for Easter, my review of Du côté de chez Swann:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 39: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (margaretlandis) | 7 comments I'm finally being brave and posting this to the group. Here's the link to my review:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 40: by Richard (new)

Richard Margaret wrote: "I'm finally being brave and posting this to the group. Here's the link to my review:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."


Great review, Margaret!


message 41: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine (titular_line) | 4 comments Oh, hell. I'll man up and submit my reviews for public scrutiny, too.

Swann's Way

Bonus review: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower


message 42: by Jocelyne (new)

Jocelyne Lebon | 745 comments Madeleine wrote: "Oh, hell. I'll man up and submit my reviews for public scrutiny, too.

Swann's Way

Bonus review: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower"


Very impressed by your review!


message 43: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine (titular_line) | 4 comments Jocelyne wrote: "Very impressed by your review!"

Oh wow, thank you so much! Your unexpected kindness certainly added some cheer to my day. :)


message 44: by Fionnuala (new)

Fionnuala | 1142 comments Me too, Madeleine/madeleine,


message 45: by John (new)

John Dooney | 9 comments I have a question that I hope someone can assist me with. It has to do with the 2nd volume-- "Within a Budding Grove".

Here's the question:

Why did Marcel's parents rent a house in St. Cloud when Marcel and his Grandmother went to Balbec? I know Marcel's parents stayed behind because Marcel's father had work to do, but St. Cloud is very close to Paris, so I wonder why they just didn't stay in their Paris house. It would seem odd to go through the process of renting a house? Thoughts? Thanks!


message 46: by Aloha (new)

Aloha Not sure. But I think that since they're wealthy, it's a way of having a change of scenery even if Marcel's father had to stay to work.


message 47: by Fionnuala (last edited Apr 07, 2013 12:17PM) (new)

Fionnuala | 1142 comments My review of À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs, part I.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 48: by Kalliope (new)

Kalliope Fionnuala wrote: "My review of À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs, part I.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."


Wow.. I will read it when I have finished the whole A l'ombre and written mine... which will still be a while...!!!


message 49: by Fionnuala (new)

Fionnuala | 1142 comments Sure, Kalliope. This is just the Autour de Mme Swann section. My edition has a separate volume for Nom de pays: le pays.


message 50: by Patricia (new)

Patricia (goodreadscompatricia2) | 370 comments Ian wrote: "My review is here:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Thank you Ian your review has been very helpful and the music wonderful.



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