In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

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The second volume of In Search of Lost Time , one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century

James Grieve's acclaimed new translation of In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower will introduce a new century of American readers to the literary riches of Marcel Proust. As the second volume in the superb edition of In Search of Lost Time --the first completely new translation of Proust's novel since the 1920s--it brings us a more comic and lucid prose than English readers have previously been able to enjoy. 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 Monsieur 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: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2005, c2002.
Edition: Deluxe ed.
ISBN: 9780143039075
Branch Call Number: FICTION Proust Marcel 2005
Characteristics: xviii, 558 p. ;,22 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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