In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

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In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower is Proust's spectacular dissection of male and female adolescence, charged with the narrator's memories of Paris and the Normandy seaside. At the heart of the story lie his relationships with his grandmother and with the Swann family. As a meditation on different forms of love, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower has no equal. Here, Proust introduces some of his greatest comic inventions, from the magnificently dull M. de Norpois to the enchanting Robert de Saint-Loup. It is memorable as well for the first appearance of the two figures who for better or worse are to dominate the narrator's life - the Baron de Charlus and the mysterious Albertine.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin, 2003
Branch Call Number: FICTION PRO
Characteristics: xiv, 553 p. ; 20 cm

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Feb 12, 2018

"The chain of past days runs through the memory, which only holds fast to the nearest end of it, and the metal of which this end is forged is often very different from the metal of the earlier links, which have already slipped away into the dark; in our journey through life, the only country the mid sees as real is the one in which we live during the present instant."
Volume two of Proust's massive, exhausting 7 volume novel "In Search of Lost Time." Honestly, I don't know if Proust knew what an editor was. It runs 4,000 pages. 4,000 pages! That is long AF. But I feel now that I've started it I have to finish it. There are some moments of beauty, but it is a long slog.

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