Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time: A Reader's Guide to the Remembrance of Things Past

Marcel Proust s Search for Lost Time A Reader s Guide to the Remembrance of Things Past An accessible irreverent guide to one of the most admired and entertaining novels of the past century Rememberance of Things Past There is no other guide like this a user friendly and enticing entry

Marcel Proust Valentin Louis Georges Eugne Marcel Proust Auteuil tegenwoordig deel van Parijs , juli Parijs, november was een Frans intellectueel, romanschrijver, essayist en criticus.Zijn vader was een bekende hoogleraar in de medicijnen en zijn moeder kwam uit een rijke Joodse familie Vanaf zijn negende levensjaar had hij last van astma.Hij stierf op jarige leeftijd aan een Involuntary memory Marcel Proust was the first person to coin the term involuntary memory, in his novel la Recherche du Temps Perdu In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past.Proust did not have any psychological background, and worked primarily as a writer Proust viewed involuntary memory as containing the essence of the past, claiming that it was lacking from voluntary memory. In Search of Lost Time, Volume Swann s Way The transmutation of sensation into sentiment, the ebb tide of memory, waves of emotion such as desire, jealousy, and artistic euphoria this is the material of this enormous and Swann s Way Large Print Edition Marcel Proust Swann s Way is the first installment in Marcel Proust s multi volume In Search Of Lost Time formerly Remembrance Of Things Past Swann s Way was finished in Madeleine This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Madeleine If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.

  • Title: Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time: A Reader's Guide to the Remembrance of Things Past
  • Author: Patrick Alexander
  • ISBN: 9780307472328
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • An accessible, irreverent guide to one of the most admired and entertaining novels of the past century Rememberance of Things Past There is no other guide like this a user friendly and enticing entry into the marvelously enjoyable world of Proust.At seven volumes, three thousand pages, and than four hundred characters, as well as a towering reputation as a literaAn accessible, irreverent guide to one of the most admired and entertaining novels of the past century Rememberance of Things Past There is no other guide like this a user friendly and enticing entry into the marvelously enjoyable world of Proust.At seven volumes, three thousand pages, and than four hundred characters, as well as a towering reputation as a literary classic, Proust s novel can seem daunting But though begun a century ago, in 1909, it is in fact as engaging and relevant to our times as ever Patrick Alexander is passionate about Proust s genius and appeal he calls the work outrageously bawdy and extremely funny and in his guide he makes it accessible to the general reader through detailed plot summaries, historical and cultural background, a guide to the fifty most important characters, maps, family trees, illustrations, and a brief biography of Proust Essential for readers and book groups currently reading Proust and who want help keeping track of the huge cast and intricate plot, this Reader s Guide is also a wonderful introduction for students and new readers and a memory refresher for long time fans.

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    1. This could be considered a weightier, better-written Cliff's Notes to Proust, but I found it an indispensable companion for my reading of In Search of Lost Time, given the fifteen year time span that it took me to read it and the complexity of Proust's project of writing an essay in the form of a novel :) It was helpful for validating my impressions of the big ideas in each segment of the book and refreshing my memory of characters' identities, biographies and relationships. The historical conte [...]

    2. I enjoyed this companion read to Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. I would read a book by Proust, read the chapter in Patrick Alexander's book, etc. If I lost track of a character, I'd check the character list in this book. After finishing Proust, I read the sections on the history of France at the time of Proust, the Dreyfus Affair and Paris in the time of Proust. This is an interesting and informative addition to reading Proust.

    3. I'm not entirely sure why this book was written. It comes off as a slightly heftier Cliff's Notes version of In Search of Lost Time, with the bulk of the pages devoted to plot synopses and character descriptions. To devote so much space to the plot and characters of Proust is to miss the point entirely. While this might be useful as a bedside reference to help sort out the numerous characters in Proust (and for that reason I gave it two stars instead of less), it falls far short of the ground co [...]

    4. This is a great, non-academic guide to Proust. The book summaries, character descriptions, and background information are presented in clear language and logical order designed for the "readers" of Proust rather than for "researchers".After second read:Confirmed in my opinion that this book is a great support for Proust without having to become a Proust-scholar to understand it. Having gone through the book twice now, I feel well-prepared for the 2013 year of reading Proust. Will also be looking [...]

    5. Since reading Proust can take years, this guide provides a useful summary of the books and characters which can serve as a "refresher" between books. I am just about to start book 4, and it's been months since I finished book 3, so the book summaries were a good reminder of "the story thus far.". The short biography and background chapters are also useful. On the whole, though, there aren't any great or even new insights here. Mary Ann Caws book covers most of the same info found in these backgr [...]

    6. This was simply a very very very very long Cliff's Notes. It would be helpful as a reference guide, but since it is titled a reader's guide I thought it was going to offer helpful insight as I made my way through Proust's enormous and somewhat treacherous text. Rather, it gave boring summaries of everything I just read, including very lengthy (often whole page) quotes. I just read it, so why would I want to read it again here? The best section was a historical guide to Proust's Paris, including [...]

    7. A very useful reference for those like me who keep forgetting who's who and miss things because they lose track of what is going on by the time they get to the end of one of Proust's long sentences. If I was able to maintain focus and read all of Remembrance of Things Past consecutively, maybe I wouldn't need such a guide. But If you're like me and tackle the novels with significant time in-between, then the character outlines, plot synopsis, contextual points and suggestions for further reading [...]

    8. Alright as a reference for overview of the plot and biographical info on Proust. Stylistically quite bad though, and I didn't agree with Alexander about which parts of the novel were most compelling and which were boring. Also, horrible as a reading companion if you are reading the novel for the first time, as there are huge spoilers the whole way along DO NOT READ WITHOUT COMPLETING THE NOVEL

    9. I wish that I had read this before I read The Remembrance of Things Past. The author provides an excellent summary of the plot, as well as detailed descriptions of each character, and insight into Proust's Paris and the relationship of his book to French history. Now I want to go back and read The Remembrance of Things Past again.

    10. Useful to a total newcomer to Proust, and the Character guide a definite plus as one wends one's way through the great work, but as to content, not so hot.

    11. Under the spell of À LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU since closing the last volume of the series. Haven't found a book as satisfyingly dense, as creative, as generous, since then. Start a book, leave it, start another, drop it. You know the feeling. Then I found the magical MONSIEUR PROUST'S LIBRAIRY, and now, this wonderful overview of the entire TEMPS PERDU. While I doubt this book can serve as an introduction to Proust's masterpiece for someone who has not read it (too many references to events [...]

    12. Over about 5 years, in sporadic but devoted bouts, I've read vol. 1 of Proust twice and volume 2 once (Modern Library "Enright" editions). In beginning vol. 3, THE GUERMANTES WAY, I decided to use this reader's guide to catch up and review what I'd already imbibed. For that purpose it's mostly great, and overall this is a really excellent and inspiring book (as in, it inspires you to delve further into Proust's world). However, there were definitely some very unwelcome spoilers in the synopses o [...]

    13. Very well done. It's important to note this is a reader's guide, not an analytical book, as Alexander notes in his commentary, he restricts himself (more or less) to the narrative sides of things. If you're looking for a bit more of a scholarly analysis ,read David Ellison's Reader's Guide, and then go to Roger Shattuck and the other books of essays. But this is very nicely done, particularly with a list of places and characters in the second half. More importantly, this is a clear and concise p [...]

    14. I tried to read Marcel Proust great cycle A la recherche du temps perdu in my early twenties, but gave it up quite fast. Reading biographies on Proust and watching TV drama Un amour de Swann [Swann in love] (1984) gave the hints what's it all about. Even if it's a spoiler Patrick Alexander's book on Proust and his novel is encouraging for anyone who one day eventually will pick up the first volume and begin the journey through all seven books. Patrick Alexander give an overview of the novel and [...]

    15. This has proved an invaluable companion to my reading of Marcel Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time' from March onward. I was especially grateful for his 'Who's Who in Proust' to assist me in keeping track of the many characters as well as to appreciate its themes. I was quite disciplined in not reading ahead in the detailed summaries of each volume and read them after I'd completed the book.

    16. Not bad. I didn't use the summary while reading (thank goodness--too many spoilers), but did read the short part on historical context at the end of this guide prior to reading "In Search of Lost Time." (Not knowing French history, the discussion of the Dreyfus Affair paid off immensely for reading the novel itself.) I did read the guide after completing the novel, and it was a nice summary.

    17. Very good introduction to "Remembrance of Things Past".I use this guide to remember characters and situations when I resume reading this huge book: it contains very practical summaries for each of the 7 volumes, characters list and connections between them.

    18. Excellent companion book to be read with In Search of Lost Time. This helped me understand the various themes and motifs of the novel. I found it be insightful and extremely helpful!

    19. A nice reference, but a bit repetitive at times. Some scenes are described with the same words in as many as three different places.

    20. If you're going to read Proust, this book contains a good summary of the Dreyfus Affair, which will come in handy.

    21. Very helpful, well structured guide and collection of resources to assist and inspire the student of Proust.

    22. A brilliant & concise introduction to the world of Marcel Proust - I am now fully geared up for the plunge!

    23. Helpful. Well organized. Clearly written. Takes an immense novel and breaks down plot and description of characters concisely.

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