Du côté de chez Swann

Swann s Way tells two related stories, the first of which revolves around Marcel, a younger version of the narrator, and his experiences in, and memories of, the French town Combray Inspired by the gusts of memory that rise up within him as he dips a Madeleine into hot tea, the narrator discusses his fear of going to bed at night He is a creature of habit and dislikesSwann s Way tells two related stories, the first of which revolves around Marcel, a younger version of the narrator, and his experiences in, and memories of, the French town Combray Inspired by the gusts of memory that rise up within him as he dips a Madeleine into hot tea, the narrator discusses his fear of going to bed at night He is a creature of habit and dislikes waking up in the middle of the night not knowing where he is.He claims that people are defined by the objects that surround them and must piece together their identities bit by bit each time they wake up The young Marcel is so nervous about sleeping alone that he looks forward to his mother s goodnight kisses, but also dreads them as a sign of an impending sleepless night One night, when Charles Swann, a friend of his grandparents, is visiting, his mother cannot come kiss him goodnight He stays up until Swann leaves and looks so sad and pitiful that even his disciplinarian father encourages Mamma to spend the night in Marcel s room.
Du c t de chez Swann Swann s Way tells two related stories the first of which revolves around Marcel a younger version of the narrator and his experiences in and memories of the French town Combray Inspired by the gu

  • Title: Du côté de chez Swann
  • Author: Marcel Proust
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  • Page: 466
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    Marcel Proust

    French novelist, best known for his 3000 page masterpiece 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 the 80s and 90s, welcomed in the most fashionable and exclusive salons of his day However, his position there was also one of an outsider, due to his Jewishness and homosexuality Towards the end of 1890s Proust began to withdraw and from society, and although he was never entirely reclusive, as is sometimes made out, he lapsed completely into his lifelong tendency to sleep during the day and work at night He was also plagued with severe asthma, which had troubled him intermittently since childhood, and a terror of his own death, especially in case it should come before his novel had been completed The first volume, after some difficulty finding a publisher, came out in 1913, and Proust continued to work with an almost inhuman dedication on his masterpiece right up until his death in 1922, at the age of 51.Today he is widely recognised as one of the greatest authors of the 20th Century, and la recherche du temps perdu as one of the most dazzling and significant works of literature to be written in modern times.

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    • s.p said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      'reality will take shape in the memory alone’For 100 years now, Swann’s Way, the first volume of Marcel Proust’s masterpiece, has engaged and enchanted readers. Within moments of turning back the cover and dropping your eyes into the trenches of text, the reader is sent to soaring heights of rapture while clinging to Proust prose, leaving no room for doubt that this is well-deserving of it’s honor among the timeless classics. In swirling passages of poetic ecstasy, the whole of his life [...]

    • Renato Magalhães Rocha said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      Reading a book for the first time is a great, exciting experience that packs a myriad of emotions and sensations: you’re happy because of the joy of starting another journey, anxious because of your expectations, curious because of the reviews you've read or things you’ve heard about the story… it’s something similar to going out on a first date, where everything is novelty and - if the book (the person) proves to be interesting indeed - you want to find out more and more. Once the initi [...]

    • Jason said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      Memory is a slippery little sucker. It constitutes an elusive, transient cache of data, the reliability of which decreases in reverse proportion to the length of time it has been stored. It can even be a blatant liar! How often have we found ourselves convinced of the details a particular memory only to have those details called into question by some testimony or other of which we have been made newly aware? It is almost frightening how quickly and naturally the bytes of our mind can be removed [...]

    • Florencia said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      Proust so titillates my own desire for expression that I can hardly set out the sentence…My great adventure is really Proust. Well—what remains to be written after that? I’m only in the first volume, and there are, I suppose, faults to be found, but I am in a state of amazement; as if a miracle were being done before my eyes. How, at last, has someone solidified what has always escaped—and made it too into this beautiful and perfectly enduring substance? One has to put the book down and [...]

    • Jessica said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      AFTER:Okay, well, I really screwed up my schedule this weekend, so now it's the latening am and nothing's happening for me in the sleep department. Honestly I can't think of a more appropriate time to review this book, which begins with insomnia.This was great. It really was. Granted, it's not for everyone, but nor is it the rarified hothouse orchid cultured specifically and exclusively for an elite audience of fancy-pants dandies with endless supplies of Ritalin and time. This book is fascinati [...]

    • Riku Sayuj said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      “As we, or mother Dana, weave and unweave our bodies, Stephen said, from day to day, their molecules shuttled to and fro, so does the artist weave and unweave his image.”~ James Joyce, Ulysses“The Universe is the externalization of the soul.”~ EmersonTo attempt to review this now would be like trying to review a book after finishing the first couple of chapters. There is no way to do justice to it, or to even be sure of what one is prattling on about. So seasoned readers, please do excus [...]

    • Jibran said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      Reality takes shape in the memory alone.I do not claim a decent knowledge of world literature, being as I still am no more than half a decade old in my English-language readings, so my acquaintance with A-class writers remains, at best, sketchy; but I feel no hesitation in claiming that there are two writers - Marcel Proust and Vladimir Nabokov - who make all wannabes look like silly dilettantes, whose artistic range, sheer eloquence and fierce intelligence have such a deleterious effect on so m [...]

    • karen said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      so i figured i would finally read me some proust, get in touch with my roots or whatnot. and i have to say, for my introduction, it was kind of a mixed bag. the first part i had real problems with. i am not a fan of precocious or sensitive children, so the whole first part was kind of a wash for me. i know, that's terrible, right?? here is this Monument of Great Literature, and i am annoyed, as though i were watching some children's production of oklahoma, or any musical, really. (shudder) there [...]

    • Jeffrey Keeten said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      ”At the hour when I usually went downstairs to find out what there was for dinnerI would stop by the table, where the kitchen-maid had shelled them, to inspect the platoons of peas, drawn up in ranks and numbered, like little green marbles, ready for a game; but what most enraptured me were the asparagus, tinged with ultramarine and pink which shaded their heads, finely stippled in mauve and azure, through a series of imperceptible gradations to their white feet--still stained a little by the [...]

    • Seemita said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert EinsteinI made acquaintance with Sir Einstein’s above observation more than two decades ago. It was precisely after the conclusion of my study-hour one evening, during which my father shared this quote with me, that I was struck by the uniqueness of such an expansive statement. For some fabulous reason, it stayed with me. As I grew up and began gaining th [...]

    • Ahmad Sharabiani said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      685. Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel ProustA la Recherche du Temps perdu - Du côté de chez Swann (À la recherche du temps perdu #1), Marcel Proustدر جستجوی زمان از دست رفته - مارسل پروست (مرکز) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال 1992 میلادیعنوان: در جستجوی زمان از دست رفته، کتاب اول: طرف خانه سوان؛ نویسنده: مارسل پروست؛ مترجم: مهدی س [...]

    • Ian "Marvin" Graye said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      PART ISpoilersFor reasons that will become apparent, my review focuses not on the plot of the novel, but on its style and themes.If you want to develop your own relationship with these aspects of the novel, then it might be better to turn away now.This is partly why I paid little attention to the excellent discussion group at Proust 2013, before writing my review.“Swann’s Way” is one of the most personal books ever written, and I want to define my personal relationship with it, without vie [...]

    • Darwin8u said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      “One cannot change, that is to say become a different person, while continuing to acquiesce to the feelings of the person one has ceased to be.” ― Marcel Proust, Swann's WayFor years, I have put off reading Proust mainly because the size of In Search of Lost Time/Remembrance of Things Past seemed intimidating. Now, having finished Swann's Way: Vol 1. (440 pages of the 3365 total pages), I feel a compelling need to keep going. This novel is preoccupied with all the details that surround tim [...]

    • Michael Finocchiaro said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      "Longtemps je me suis couché de bonne heure."This phrase and the title of La Recherche has - in my opinion - been butchered many times as people have tried to translate Proust into English. I read it all in French - most French people do not even get past this first volume - and so I cannot really tell you whether the Moncrieff's translation is better than the Kilmartin's. I am not trying to be a snob, I am just saying that, like Ulysses, this work is so subtle and uses such a wide range of idi [...]

    • Emily May said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      I have removed my initial three star rating for this and settled with a blank rating. This is because I cannot in any way say what I want to say about this book with stars. I had given it three stars because of my indecision, it seemed like a good idea to just stick my rating somewhere in the middle when I couldn't make my mind up. The problem is that on three stars means "I liked it", which, unfortunately, I didn't. Two stars means "it was ok", but that's not an accurate description of the ge [...]

    • Manny said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      I think my original impetus for reading this was Thomas Disch's excellent short story "Getting into Death". Finding out that she probably only has a few weeks to live, the heroine immediately goes out, buys an edition of Proust, and starts reading. She's only able to relax once she's finished. Well, clearly, it had to be pretty good, and maybe I shouldn't wait until the last month of my life.OK it IS pretty good! Like all truly great novels, it's also very strange. Proust is just interested in d [...]

    • Foad said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      پديدار شناسىپديدار شناسى را مى توان توصيف دقيق تجربه هاى زندگى دانست. بسيارى از تجربه ها كه ما به سادگى از كنارشان رد مى شويم، در حقيقت تجربه هايى پيچيده هستند. از تجربه هاى عام مثل ديدن يك صندلى يا خواندن زمان ساعت عقربه دار، تا تجربه هاى خاص مثل لحظات فراموشى و گيجى پس از بيدا [...]

    • Fionnuala said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      Easter 2013. When I reached the final pages of Du Côté de chez Swann, I knew that I hadn’t finished a book but that I’d simply begun one, that what I’d read were only the first chapters of a much longer work and that reading through the entire seven volumes of A la Recherche du Temps Perdu would be, to borrow one of Proust’s favourite images, like travelling on a very long and very beautiful train. I realised that what I had done so far was simply to wander through the first few carria [...]

    • BlackOxford said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      Childhood ExpectationsThe Delphic maxim Nosce te ipsum, Know thyself, is the motivating force not only of Western philosophy and Christian theology but of much of Western literature. All of the volumes of In Search of Lost Time are an experiment in self-understanding, an experiment which incorporates something that is left out of much of modern science, particularly psychological science, namely the concept of purposefulness. Purposefulness is the capacity to consider purpose rather than the ado [...]

    • Kalliope said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      Reposting this review since it had been erroneously deleted.-------It feels peculiar to write a review on Du côté de chez Swann given how many comments I have posted during the two months of our reading in the GoodReads Group “2013 The Year of Reading Proust”. As I have read it in the original French my quotes come from the Gallimard edition.Many of my posts have shown how fascinated I have been by the very visual writing of Marcel Proust. Colors, light and its effects, bounties of flowers [...]

    • Nickolas the Kid said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      Ένα βιβλίο μπορεί να είναι αριστούργημα για κάποιον είτε γιατί μέσα σε αυτό βρήκε κομμάτια του εαυτού του, είτε διότι ο συγγραφέας μπόρεσε να γράψει ένα πολυεπίπεδο έργο με διαχρονική αξία , διακλαδωμένες έννοιες και συμβολισμούς. Λοιπόν, ο Προυστ στο συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο τ [...]

    • Paul Bryant said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      Note to all relevant parties : This book made me laugh and cry. I absolutely fell in love with the characters!****************PROBABLY HOW NOT TO READ MARCEL PROUSTIn series three of The Sopranos, Tony tells his therapist about his latest fainting spell which happened when he was cooking meat. Then he remembers his very first fainting spell, which happened a short time after he witnessed his father chop a guy's finger off with a meat cleaver. She says his very first attack happened when he short [...]

    • Megan Baxter said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      Swann's Way does not, say, have a lot of plot. At all. Let's get that out of the way upfront. If you're looking for a plot-driven story, look elsewhere. What it does is loop in and around certain topics, in the narrator's life and the life of Swann, and examine them in such minute detail, in such flowing prose from one moment to the next, looping around the events in question. And it is beautifully written.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and [...]

    • Sinem said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      Proust notlamak ya da yorumlamak haddime değil ben yaşadığım tecrübeyi paylaşmak istiyorum.Proust okumak oldukça yüksek bir dikkat istiyor, öyle her fırsatta okuyabileceğiniz bir kitap değil. Kendisine alan yaratılmasını ve bir efor harcanmasını istiyor. ne kadar okumak istesem de ben boş bir günümde maksimum 60-70 sayfa okuyabildim sonrasında algım inanılmaz düştü. Proust'un çapraz tasvirleri, analojileri o kadar güzel ki kitabın en başından itibaren beni en etki [...]

    • Garima said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      OVERTUREFor a long time I used to read really bad books. I have mentioned this before but it’s more like a reminder for me about how much 'bad' bad can get and how much 'good' reading good books feels like. DAMN GOOD! I owe my knowledge of all those good books entirely to . So as far as I was concerned, the last quarter of 2012 was all about reading Infinite Jest, about David Foster Wallace and about reading and loving him. But there was another name that was doing the rounds of this happening [...]

    • Deniz Balcı said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      'Swann'ların Tarafı'nı ilk lise yıllarımda elime almıştım ve ilk sayfalardan itibaren korkunç bir merakla, elimde tuttuğum kitabın o güne dek okuduğum her şeyden çok farklı ve kalibresi çok daha yukarıda bir şey olduğunu anlamış, devam etmeye çalışmıştım. Zamanla zihnim de benimle birlikte geliştikçe, 'Swann'ların Tarafı'; çok kez okuduğum ilk kitaplardan biri haline geldi. Bu sabah uyandığımda, yıllardır yanımdan ayırmadığım kitaplarımın olduğu kö [...]

    • Sidharth Vardhan said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      As a habitual reader, you probably have had at least one friend who will tell you that he/she sees no point in reading all those books. You might have struggled trying to explain to this friend the delights of reading – may be you had lectured him/her on how a particular book is incredible, enlightened him/ her about all the things that make it marvelous – only to discover that you can’t get the person excited. At the time we may judge such person for lack of imagination, but with time we [...]

    • Rowena said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      “Will it reach the surface of my limpid consciousness- this memory, this old moment which the attraction of an identical moment has come so far to summon, to move, to raise up from my very depths? I don’t know. Now I no longer feel anything, it has stopped, gone back down perhaps; who knows if it will ever rise up from its darkness again?”Swann’s Way is an elegantly-written book that consists of past memories and reminiscences. The two main stories in the book follow the narrator’s chi [...]

    • Meredith Holley (Sparrow) said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      (Painting of Swann, by David Richardson)In some ways, maybe, both love and destruction come to us, seek us out, and we are powerless to pursue or avoid them. I tend to think that is not the case, but I am often wrong, and I am too willing to make grand pronouncements about life to be unwilling to be called wrong. Or, as my friend says of herself, I am never wrong because if I hear an idea that is better than mine, I change my mind to that idea, and then I am right again. Anyway, in Swann’s Way [...]

    • Kelly said:
      Sep 22, 2018 - 14:33 PM

      What follows is a collection of thoughts and notes that I have finally transcribed from post-its, napkin doodlings, margin scribbles and ideas floating around in my brain for weeks. Please forgive its faults and incompleteness. I hope there is something in it of sense to be retrieved:I. Seeing“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”-ChekovA couple of years ago I started to lose my sight. Oh, it’s nothing drastic. Just one of those things that my moth [...]

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