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PDF Â BOOK Du côté de chez Swann ¿ GWAIRSOFT · [Download] ➾ Du côté de chez Swann By Marcel Proust – Gwairsoft.co.uk Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time is one of the most entertaining reading experiences in any language and arguably the finest novel of the twentieth century But since its original prewar Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time is one of the most entertaining reading experiences in any language and arguably the finest novel of the twentieth century But since its original prewar translation there has been no completely new version in English Now Penguin brings Proust's masterpiece to new audiences throughout the world beginning with Lydia Davis's inte ' 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 and memories dance upon the page carefully dissecting the personages that surrounded his childhood and illustrating a vibrant account of the society and social manners Swann’s Way is a powerful love story capturing the romance between Proust and his existence as he wields sprawling lyricism like tender touch and kisses in order to sensually undress the world revealing all the poetic beauty that hides within the garments of realityOpen the novel to any page and you are likely to find a long flowing sentence full of love and longing for the depths of existence Proust is a virtuoso His famously complex sentences rise and fall in dramatic fashion carefully pulling incredible aerobatics of emotion across the page like a violinist does with sound in only the most elite of classical compositions If it isn’t obvious I uickly became utterly smitten with Proust Even Virginia Woolf read Proust in awe Some of the finest passages that have ever graced my eyes are found in this volume Take for example this exuisite passage on the power of music’ Even when he was not thinking of the little phrase it existed latent in his mind in the same way as certain other conceptions without material euivalent such as our notions of light of sound of perspective of bodily desire the rich possessions wherewith our inner temple is diversified and adorned Perhaps we shall lose them perhaps they will be obliterated if we return to nothing in the dust But so long as we are alive we can no bring ourselves to a state in which we shall not have known them than we can with regard to any material object than we can for example doubt the luminosity of a lamp that has just been lighted in view of the changed aspect of everything in the room from which has vanished even the memory of the darkness In that way Vinteuil's phrase like some theme say inTristan which represents to us also a certain acuisition of sentiment has espoused our mortal state had endued a vesture of humanity that was affecting enough Its destiny was linked for the future with that of the human soul of which it was one of the special the most distinctive ornaments Perhaps it is not being that is the true state and all our dream of life is without existence; but if so we feel that it must be that these phrases of music these conceptions which exist in relation to our dream are nothing either We shall perish but we have for our hostages these divine captives who shall follow and share our fate And death in their company is something less bitter less inglorious perhaps even less certain’Beautiful Throughout Swann’s Way we see this sentiment expressed to cover all of reality in a blanket of art; by reshaping what we perceive into beautiful notions of prose music sculpture architecture or any other form of aesthetics Proust seeks to discover the true shape of meaning and cling to an ideal an ideal that will linger like a sweet perfume long after the actual object of desire and reflection has either faded or reared it’s ugly head and begun to rot By exploring memory Proust is able to wrap all his sensory perceptions all the external stimuli experienced over a lifetime into a charming bouuet of words in order grant them a linguistic weight in which they can be shared and enjoyed by others He despairs when contemplating that his experiences were not shared by other people and didn’t have ‘ any reality outside of me They now seemed to me no than the purely subjective impotent illusory creations of my temperament They no longer had any attachment to nature to reality which from then on lost all its charm and significance’ He finds solace in literature and his greatest hopes are to become a writer because it grants the power to capture the true essence of anything By contemplating an object he finds it is ‘ so ready to open to yield me the thing for which they themselves were merely a cover’ and language is the snare to capture and immortalize these fleeting impressions and moments of glowing epiphany For it is the impressions the inner beauty that matter to him instead of the objects themselves He falls in love with Mlle Swann because she connotes ‘ the cathedrals the charm of the hills of Île de France the plains of Normandy’ as well as her association with his beloved Bergote – he loves the idea of her than the physical beingThe centerpiece of the novel Swann in Love is an emotionally jarring ride from sublime romance and intimacy to the obsessive nerve wracking depression of love being ripped to pieces in its fiery tailspin downward This story practically a novella that could work well as a stand alone piece gripped me the strongest Perhaps it was the bruised memories of similar circumstances but my heart went out to Swann despite all his flaws self pity and shameful actions Proust creates near Greek tragedy in him by creating a man of legendary proportions and casting him down upon the rocks Story aside Swann too seeks the ideal even to the point of self destructive monomania A man of the arts Swann associates his image of ideal with aesthetics but unlike the narrator brings it to life through sculpture paintings and music Odette becomes most beautiful to him when he can appraise her like a sculpture’ Even though he probably valued the Florentine masterpiece only because he fount it again in her nevertheless that resemblance conferred a certain beauty on her too made her preciousand he felt happy that his pleasure in seeing Odette could be be justified by his own aesthetic culture’Lovemaking for the couple becomes personal artistic in his eyes through their personal euphemism ‘ make cattleya’ as it brings all further acts of intimacy performed under such a title an extension to the first passionate and idealized union of their bodies The act ‘ lived on in their language’ and offered Swann a sense of possession over the act by creating with the phrase an ‘ entirely individual and new’ action The ‘little phrase’ played by the pianist during their first encounter at the Verdurin’s becomes the anthem of their love and it’s melody carries the image of his ideal Odette the Odette that swooned over his every word and loved him deeply the Odette that he will always hold to his heart and pursue even when the Odette he can physically hold comes up as a pale shell of the ideal I've been reading to much Derrida lately to not comment that we can never achieve the ideal which makes his downfall inevitable The lack of sound logic in his thinking is apparent all through his romantic decline too Sometimes when you have lost everything you fight for that ideal that has already dissipated in order to uphold some sort of self dignity even though it is just that dignity which will be lost in the process Proust delivers love and tragedy at it’s finestThrough each marvelous passage Proust gives a fleshed out portrayal of the people and places n his life His family and friends are given a second life through his words which paint such a lifelike portrayal examining their greatest traits their habits and not shying away from unveiling even their flaws that they practically breath on the page Proust has an acute eye for social manners and the reader can pick up on even the most subtle of vanities ill manners or kind heartedness of all those encountered Of particular interest is Proust’s brutal portrayal of the Verdurins and their group of the ‘faithful’ refraining from casting judgment while letting their actions speak for themselves to betray their ignorance of the ideas they speak so highly of The Verdurin scenes bring back memories of college parties where less than sober members speak so highly of art yet have little of value to discuss when pressed the same people who label everyone around them and sneer at those without their same ‘high standards’ of art which okay sometimes that person is me Proust immortalizes these fakes forever in his words making me think he was getting the last laugh at a group that once condescended him I urge anyone with even the slightest interest in the novel to find it and read it immediately The language simply blossoms even after being run through the presses of translation First loves heartbreaks losses of many kinds and the exciting phase of childhood when our understanding of the world around us begins to reveal itself all come to life in a book that will make your emotions dance and sway 100 years after it was written Proust still holds weight in the world today and remains high and above many of the authors who have followed him I cannot stress how incredible his prose is I have found a new author to hold close to my heart and savor each blessed word Take the Swann’s Way55‘ I looked at her at first with the sort of gaze that is not merely the messenger of the eyes but a window at which all the senses lean out anxious and petrified a gaze that would like to touch the body it is looking at capture it take it away and the soul along with it’

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Rnationally acclaimed translation of the first volume Swann's Way Swann's Way is one of the preeminent novels of childhood a sensitive boy's impressions of his family and neighbors all brought dazzlingly back to life years later by the taste of a madeleine It also enfolds the short novel Swann in Love an incomparable study of sexual jealousy that becomes a crucial 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 are some truly beautiful moments in it though the varnish scene those madeleines the little secret room and the transitions between these memories are so well executed you don't even really feel like you are reading them you are just kind of flowing along with the words but when he started hugging the flowers goodbye and crying because he was going to miss them i'm a monster really i was so full of eye rolling it was almost seizing seriously buy the kid a football but then the second part ah here's where i understand it such minute and perfect details such insight into love and obsession and betrayal it was like high school but only the really painful first love bits i'm looking forward to reading the rest of these but i need a break and some sensitivity training firstcome to my blog

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Du côté de chez SwannPart of the vast unfolding structure of In Search of Lost Time The first volume of the work that established Proust as one of the finest voices of the modern age satirical skeptical confiding and endlessly varied in its response to the human condition Swann's Way also stands on its own as a perfect rendering of a life in art of the past re created through memor Swann’s Way by Marcel ProustProust Memories Almost 3000 reviews so I thought I would simply give examples of his writing if you have not read him before Beautiful writing lyrical complex maybe even occasionally convoluted First the famous passage about madeleines“And suddenly the memory revealed itself The taste was that of a little piece of the madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray because on those mornings I did not go out before mass when I went to say good morning to her in her bedroom my aunt Leonie used to give me dipping it first in her own cup of tea or tisane The sight of the little madeleine had recalled nothing to my mind before I tasted it; perhaps because I had so often seems such things in the meantime without tasting them on the trays in pastry cooks’ windows that their image had disassociated itself from those Combray days to take its place among others recent; perhaps because of those memories so long abandoned and put out of mind nothing now survived everything was scattered; the shapes of things including that of the little scallop shell of pastry so richly sensual under its severe religious folds were either obliterated or had been so long dormant as to have lost the power of expansion which would have allowed them to resume their place in my consciousness But when from a long distant past nothing subsists after the people are dead after the things are broken and scattered taste and smell alone fragile but enduring unsubstantial persistent faithful remain poised a long time like souls remembering waiting hoping amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unflinchingly in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence the vast structure of recollection” An example of detailed description – Swann’s woman friend “It must be remarked that Odette’s face appeared thinner and sharper than it actually was because the forehead and the upper part of the cheeks that smooth and almost plane surface were covered by the masses of hair which women wore at that period drawn forward in a fringe raised in crimped waves and falling in stray locks over the ears; while as for her figure – and she was admirably built – it was impossible to make out its continuity on account of the fashion then prevailing and in spite of her being one of the best dressed women in Paris so much did the corsage jutting out as though over an imaginary stomach and ending in a sharp point beneath which bulged out the balloon of her double skirts give a woman the appearance of being composed of different sections badly fitted together; to such an extent that the frills the flounces the inner bodice follow uite independently according to the whim of their designer or the consistency of their material the line which led them to the bows the festoons of lace the fringes of dangling jet beads or carried them along the busk but nowhere attached themselves to the living creature who according as the architecture of these fripperies drew them towards or away from her own found herself either straight laced to suffocation or else completely buried”A passage I liked “But the lies which Odette ordinarily told were less innocent and served to prevent discoveries which might have involved her in the most terrible difficulties with one or another of her friends And so when she lied smitten with fear feeling herself to be but feebly armed for her defense unconfident of success she felt like weeping from sheer exhaustion as children weep sometimes when they have not slept Moreover she knew that her lie was usually wounding to the man to whom she was telling it and that she might find herself at his mercy if she told badly Therefore she felt at once humble and guilty in his presence And when she had to tell an in significant social lie its hazardous associations and the memories which it recalled would leave her weak with a sense of exhaustion and penitent with a consciousness of wrongdoing”An example of what I think of as his occasional complex writing As a small boy when the man character’s love and another girl are talking near him about meeting again that evening “The name Gilberte passed close by me invoking all the forcefully the girl whom it labeled in that it did not merely refer to her as one speaks of someone in his absence but was directly addressed to her; it passed thus close by me in action so to speak with a force that increased with the curve of its trajectory and the proximity of its target; carrying in its wake I could feel the knowledge the impressions concerning her to whom it was addressed that belonged not to me but to the friend who called it out everything that as she uttered the words she recalled or at least possessed in her memory of their daily intimacy of the visits that they paid to each other of that unknown existence which was all the inaccessible all the painful to me from being conversely so familiar so tractable to this happy girl who let it brush past me without my being able to penetrate it who flung in on the air with a light hearted cry; wafting through the air the exuisite emanation which it had distilled”Enjoy Note Proust’s masterpiece In Search of Lost Time was originally published in seven volumes There are than a hundred editions and volumes have alternate names in English such as The Prisoner vs The Captive Wikipedia gives a good summary of all the pieces and the seuence of volumes under “In Search of Lost Time” Top photo of the imagined village in Normandy strongly inspired by the village of his childhood Illiers which has now been renamed Illiers Combray From WikipediaSecond photo madeleines from finediningloverscomPainting of the woman who partially inspired Odette from WikipediaThe author from irishtimescom