Monday January 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
In Multipurpose Room C
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust: In this opening volume of Proust's great novel [In Search of Lost Time, 7 books], the narrator seems at first to be launching a fairly traditional life-story. But after the prelude the narrator travels backwards rather than forwards in time, in order to tell the story of a love affair that had taken place before his own birth. Swann's jealous love for Odette, together with the comic antics of the Verdurins and the adoring members of their 'little clan', provide a prophetic model of the narrator's own love-relationships and peregrinations in salon society. All Proust's great themes - time and memory, love and loss, art and the artistic vocation - are here in kernel form.
Genre: Autobiographical fiction; Classics; Coming-of-age stories; Translations
Pace: Leisurely paced
Writing Style: Lush; Lyrical; Stylistically complex
Born: July 10, 1871
Birthplace: Auteuil, France
Died: November 18, 1922
Place of death: Paris, France
Proust remains the most celebrated French writer of the twentieth century. His masterwork, the seven-volume the novel À la recherche du temps perdu, or Remembrance of Things Past, broke new ground in its explorations of the nature of individual identity, its psychology of space and time, and its stylistic and thematic expansiveness. Proust's fiction and his criticism have helped widen the traditional perspectives of literary criticism.
December 2014 - Last Monday Book Club does not meet in December. We pick a long book to read during December and January and discuss it the last Monday in January.