Monday, November 06, 2006

Time Regained - post I

At last we start the final volume of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past with I'm afraid a very low number of pages read. Apologies for that hopefully will be back on track tomorrow.

Bullet points between pages 708 - 743

* Marcel is back in Combray, where the saga started, being friends with Gilberte and trying to get on with the changing Saint-Loup who is almost unrecognisable to his friend since becoming a homosexual

* He finds an unpublished book that describes an evening at the Verdurin's and as a result loses faith in his ability to ever become a writer and then dramatically concludes he will not make in the world of literature and that coincides with an illness that forces him into hospital

* He only comes out of the sanatorium in 1916 with the war in full flow and for the first time since the book started there is a reference to an external event that is actually live, rather than the Dreyfus case which had happened in the past

We wait to see tomorrow how Marcel will fit into a war torn Paris...

1 comment:

Brandon said...

I've been wanting to read Proust for quite some time, but I can never get in the mood for him. One of these days...

I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but there's a group litblog dedicated to Proust. It's called Involuntary Memory. There's a link to it on my sidebar if you're interested.