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"After I finished In Search of Lost Time, I called the real literary types that I happen to know — the ones who make their livings by being famously well-read — and I asked them if they had read the whole thing, too. Mostly this was to introduce the idea that I had read the whole thing — but I thought it was a good idea to first show deference to their superior reading programs before happening to mention this accomplishment with which I had impressed myself. Mais non! as they say in France. Yet all of them knew someone who had read all seven volumes; that person was Richard Howard, who introduces the Modern Library edition of the novel. I wondered: Could he be the only one other than me and Alain de Botton, who wrote How Proust Can Change Your Life? If so, I am here to tell you, we are a lucky group, and it is time for you to begin, because reading all of Proust is not hard." Jane Smiley, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)

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Swann's Way, the first part of A la recherche de temps perdu, Marcel Proust's seven-part cycle, was published in 1913. In it, Proust introduces the themes that run through the entire work. The narrator recalls his childhood, aided by the famous madeleine; and describes M. Swann's passion for Odette. The work is incomparable. Edmund Wilson said "[Proust] has supplied for the first time in literature an equivalent in the full scale for the new theory of modern physics."

This is the most up-to-date translation available. In 1989, the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade published the final volume of the definitive original text. For this translation, D.J. Enright revised the late Terence Kilmartin's acclaimed reworking of C.K. Scott Moncrieff's translation to take into account the new French editions.

Also available from the Modern Library:

In Search of Lost Time
Vol. I: Swann's Way, 0-679-60005-1
Vol. II: Within a Budding Grove, 0-679-60006-X
Vol. III: The Guermantes Way, 0-679-60028-0
Vol. IV: Sodom and Gomorrah, 0-679-60029-9
Vol. V: The Captive & The Fugitive, 0-679-42477-6
Vol. VI: Time Regained & A Guide to Proust, 0-679-42476-8        
The Proust Six-Pack, 0-679-60295-X

Review:

"Reading Swann’s Way was a rapturous experience." David Denby

Synopsis:

For this authoritative English-language edition, D. J. Enright has revised the late Terence Kilmartins acclaimed reworking of C. K. Scott Moncrieffs translation to take into account the new definitive French editions of À la recherche du temps perdu (the final volume of these new editions was published by the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade in 1989).

About the Author

Marcel Proust was born in Auteuil in 1871. When he died in 1922, the last three volumes of his masterpiece remained to be published. He has recently been the subject of two new books: How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton and The Year of Reading Proust by Phyllis Rose.

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Eric Romsted, September 14, 2006 (view all comments by Eric Romsted)
Proust?s epic opens with what I can only describe as an extended prose-poem on the subject of memory which will continue to be the most important theme of the novel. The action, such as it is, begins with the description of the childhood vacation?s the narrator (never named) spent in Combray surrounded by his rather eccentric family and neighbors. One senses that many of these characters will appear again as the novel progresses, but from the start it is clear that chief among them is a dilettante bourgeois, friend of the family - one M. Swann, whose chief failing is that he ?married poorly.?
Towards the end of the first section the narrator happens to see Gilberte, Swann?s daughter at a distance during a walk through M. Swann?s property. The memory of this first sighting sparks what might be considered the longest digression in literary history as the narrator proceeds to recount the story of M. Swann?s love affair with Odette de Cr?cy. The book closes, once again, with the narrator in Paris and his childhood friendship there with Gilberte.
For such a long book, there is in fact very little plot. My Modern Library edition includes a synopsis which condenses the 600 pages of text into less than 5. But, after all, plot isn?t really the point. The characters and the actions are merely the starting point for Proust?s descriptive apostrophe on the human condition. Specifically, on the way in which our memory is not a simple record of past events, but is rather in a constant interplay with our emotions. And even in translation, Proust has created in these lush descriptions some of the most beautiful prose I have ever read. It is for the language, not the story that one reads Proust.
So why give the novel less than a 5 star rating? For all of the beauty of the writing, I found that I was simply unable to identify with the character of Swann. So throughout the soaring and crashing emotional journey of his affair with Odette I remained at a distance, and this detracted from my experience.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375751547
Translator:
Moncrieff, C. K. Scott
Translator:
Kilmartin, Terence
Translator:
Moncrieff, C. K. Scott
Author:
Howard, Richard
Author:
Moncrieff, C. K. Scott
Author:
Proust, Marcel
Author:
Enright, D. J.
Author:
Kilmartin, Terence
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
France
Subject:
Villages
Subject:
France Social life and customs.
Subject:
Villages -- France.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Modern Library classics
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
8 x 5.14 x 1.05 in 1 lb

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"Review A Day" by , "After I finished In Search of Lost Time, I called the real literary types that I happen to know — the ones who make their livings by being famously well-read — and I asked them if they had read the whole thing, too. Mostly this was to introduce the idea that I had read the whole thing — but I thought it was a good idea to first show deference to their superior reading programs before happening to mention this accomplishment with which I had impressed myself. Mais non! as they say in France. Yet all of them knew someone who had read all seven volumes; that person was Richard Howard, who introduces the Modern Library edition of the novel. I wondered: Could he be the only one other than me and Alain de Botton, who wrote How Proust Can Change Your Life? If so, I am here to tell you, we are a lucky group, and it is time for you to begin, because reading all of Proust is not hard." (read the entire Salon.com review)
"Review" by , "Reading Swann’s Way was a rapturous experience."
"Synopsis" by , For this authoritative English-language edition, D. J. Enright has revised the late Terence Kilmartins acclaimed reworking of C. K. Scott Moncrieffs translation to take into account the new definitive French editions of À la recherche du temps perdu (the final volume of these new editions was published by the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade in 1989).
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