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Sodom and Gomorrah
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1. This is the first volume of Proust’s novel I have been able to read with enjoyment. The first two volumes with their prolonged stories of children’s escapades held no interest for me. So I decided to start reading the volumes out of sequence.
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William2 William2 said: " I admire these early stories about Jewish life in the shtetl, translated from the Yiddish. They transport me to an entirely different world. Many are about devotion and family life; some are concerned with the supernatural, like “The Black Wedding,” ...more "

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“Whatever reader desires to have a thorough comprehension of an author's thoughts cannot take a better method than by putting himself into the circumstances and postures of life that the author was in upon every important passage as it flowed from his pen; for this will introduce a parity and strict correspondence of ideas between the reader and the author. Now, to assist the diligent reader in so delicate an affair, as far as brevity will permit, I have recollected that the shrewdest pieces of this treatise were conceived in bed in a garret; at other times (for a reason best known to myself) I thought fit to sharpen my invention with hunger; and in general, the whole work was begun, continued, and ended under a long course of physic and great want of money.”
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