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The Guermantes Way After the relative intimacy of the first two volumes of In Search of Lost Time, The Guermantes Way opens up a vast, dazzling landscape of fashionable Parisian life in the late nineteenth century, as the narrator enters the brilliant, shallow world of the literary and aristocratic salons Both a salute to, and a devastating satire of a time, place, and culture, The Guermantes Way defines the great tradition of novels that follow the initiation of a young man into the ways of the world This elegantly packaged new translation will introduce a new generation of American readers to the literary richness of Marcel ProustFirst time in Penguin ClassicsA Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with french flaps and luxurious designPenguin Classics superb new edition of In Search of Lost Time is the first completely new translation of Proust s masterwork since the s


About the Author: Marcel Proust

French novelist, best known for his 3000 page masterpiecela 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 withdrawandfrom society, and although he was never entirely reclusive, as is sometimes made out, he lapsedcompletely 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, andla recherche du temps perdu as one of the most dazzling and significant works of literature to be written in modern times.



10 thoughts on “The Guermantes Way

  1. karen karen says:

    how can a sociopath love society so much because, make no mistake, that is what we are dealing with here.in this third installment, our dear narrator graduates from being a feeble child, from being a lovesick adolescent into a manipulating, stalking, social climbing creature who learns a lesson in disillusionment cheers.for all his bookish intelligence, his overthinking, his lofty words, at the end of the day, he is just a pale sticky thing m


  2. Manny Manny says:

    In the first two volumes I argue, anyway, in my review of A L Ombre Des Jeunes Filles En Fleurs , Proust was most interested in putting romantic relationships under the microscope He returns to that theme later on in the series, but in the third book he is primarily concerned with picking apart the concept of wit,exactly,sprit, something that has always been terribly important to the French upper classes If you want an easier tour of the subject, yo


  3. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    Names with PowerAccording to Proust, proper names imply a soul, even for inanimate objects like cities If something has a proper name, it somehow lives and has some sort of spiritual coherence And the existence of such names has a specific effect on human beings It provokes them to join with proper names in a sort of search for what this nominal soul, and their own, might consist of Guermantes is such a proper name Guermantes is a person, in the first inst


  4. Adam Dalva Adam Dalva says:

    Finally the scheme of the novel as a whole comes into view, as the narrator uses the characters of book two the always gallant St Loup and the outmoded Madame de Villeparisis to try to ascend socially to the pinnacle of Mme de Guermantes s legendary salon But along the way, we encounter two beloved characters from book one who have drastically changed, who are shown not to fit into what s required of Marcel s new world view Three highlights An incredible tour de


  5. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    And even in my most carnal desires, oriented always in a particular direction, concentrated round a single dream, I might have recognized as their primary motive an idea, an idea for which I would have laid down my life, at the innermost core of which, as in my day dreams while I sat reading all afternoon in the garden at Combray, lay the notion of perfection Marcel ProustI go forward slowly, dead, and my vision is no longer mine, it s nothing it s only the vision of th


  6. David David says:

    Guermantes Way is like the pretentious, over educated older sister of Budding Grove who constantly outdoes her little sister at everything She s longer, she sboring, she sinteresting, she s wittier and funnier, and she just loves to show off how much she knows We really get to know Saint Loup in this volume, as well as the Guermantes family in general who are some pretty superficial crazies anyway M., being a creep, stalks Mme de Guermantes everyday on her morning walks, and


  7. brian brian says:

    the literary equivalent of that genius but dull as rocks 10 minute tracking shot in le week end.


  8. Madeleine Madeleine says:

    No longer confined to orbiting his parents and living for the freedom of a solitary walk, no longer living in thrall of adolescent hormones and grappling with the strange new worlds blossoming both within and without himself, The Guermantes Way finds our Narrator thrust ever forward into adulthood and the disappointing discovery that grown ups rarely behave like adults, especially when the pride of ancestral inheritance is on the line and there are duplicitous societal niceties to abide by,


  9. Kenny Kenny says:

    She was not yet dead But I was already alone.The Guermantes Way Marcel ProustVolume III of Marcel Proust s, In Search of Lost Time, The Guermantes Way is my favorite volume in this long, brilliant tale The Guermantes Way is a charming, clever read Again, I say, Proust is brilliant.Once , Marcel Proust presents the reader with a vivid portrait of a France that actually did exist long ago and in a far off time, the Belle poque it has, sadly, passed into history In The Guermantes WayShe was not yet d


  10. Greg Greg says:

    After being a little disappointed in the second volume of Proust, this one returns to the absolute wonderfulness of Swanns Way I noticed that another reviewer commented on the addictive quality of Proust and I have to agree A few weeks ago when I started Swanns Way I figured I d read one of his books, and then maybe next summer go into the next one and leisurely through the remaining years of my thirties read one Proust book a year and enter into my forties being able to say that I d read Prou After bein


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