April 4th, 2007

earthsea

April Books 4) [In Search of Lost Time #1] The Way By Swann's

4) [In Search of Lost Time #1] The Way By Swann's, by Marcel Proust

I haven't done very well in my sampling of Great Literature so far this year, so was braced for another bout of reading drudgery. But in fact I found myself completely captivated by this first of Proust's classic series; his evocations of children's perceptions of the world of grownups, and of what it is like to be a man in love, are simply superb. Sure, you have to smile a bit at the very long sentences - the editor protests that Proust's reputation for this is a bit unfair, in that "only" a quarter of the text consists of sentences that are longer then ten lines - yeah, right. But it would be impossible to unwind them. The pace of the book is of course very slow but I found that part of its charm. Roll on the second volume.

Also I was taken aback by the amount of girl-on-girl action. I'm not used to that in classic literature.

Top three UnSuggestions for this book:
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family, child

Congratulations!

...to wwhyte and Steph on their new arrival! And rather thrilling to hear her little voice down the phone just now.

(And I must say it's nice to have a niece. I have an eight-year-old nephew on the other side of the family, but until today no nieces.)