Has anyone out there read Proust?
I have never read him but people say he is amazing can anyone let me know more?
andrew pack (not verified) | April 11, 2002 - 21:45
Haven't read it, but if you need three doorstep-thick volumes to write a book in which the most dramatic bit is a man remembering that the taste of a cake dipped in tea reminds him of the taste of a cake dipped in tea when he was much, much younger, then I think your editor is a bit slapdash.
Seriously, I think it is a real investment to read it, in terms of time, and I'm sure if you get stuck into it, you'll get something back. Whether it is more than you would get by reading The Big Sleep, The Great Gatsby, The Sound and The Fury, The Sun Also Rises, Cannery Row, Catch 22, Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar - which add up to about the same length - I'm not so sure.
skydolphin (not verified) | April 16, 2002 - 13:59
Proust is nice read... If you like skepticism and atheism with communistic hints and anarchist's poignancy this is your man! If you are openminded and just want to know more about his work which is very thought-provoking and well written then this is your author... but if you don't like heavy french intellectual way of writing then don't buy just borrow!
richardw (not verified) | April 16, 2002 - 20:57
"but if you don't like heavy french intellectual way of writing then don't buy just borrow! "
and after you borrow it throw it on a fire!
this is one of the cases where burning books is not only permitted but encouraged!
Tony Cook (not verified) | April 18, 2002 - 13:23
I have all six volumes of the thing. I've read the first one (the first three books) and do mean to read the rest - one day! It's hard going, though. The sentences are incredibly long. I found one that went on for over three pages which is quite a feat. I didn't count the words but it would be difficult to beat it. No, please don't. Did you hear me? I said, don't!
andrew pack (not verified) | April 20, 2002 - 18:34
I think in the last forty pages of Ulysses there are only four full stops, in Molly's monologue.
skydolphin (not verified) | April 20, 2002 - 22:07
just like in real life!
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