Monday, January 31, 2011

Proust Journey 3

I an still steaming ahead through Volume 1. The narrator has just spied Madame Guermantes and decided she is disappointing compared to the stained glass window depiction of her ancestor. The Ideal versus the Real.

Tonight I will add another excerpt from the book as a taster.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Proust Journey 2

I have got to page 143 of the first volume!!

Quote today is about fine things:

"The truth was that she could never permit herself to buy anything from which no intellectual profit was to be derived, above all the profit which fine things afford us by teaching us to seek our pleasures elsewhere than in the barren satisfaction of worldly wealth."

This quote realtes to the purchase of a set of classical books for the narrator.


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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Books are a Joy

I had a very interesting discussion today about eBooks, Kindle devices, iPads and physical books. I am sure that these kind of discussions are going on all over the world. The end result was that we all agreed that reading was life-changing and enjoyable no matter what the delivery mechanism was. I love eBooks when travelling, which I do as part of my profession, as they weigh nothing and are very portable. I remember once when I went to Bangkok on business and had 20 physical books with me, that the Customs official asked me whether I was thinking of starting a library in Thailand. That was before the advent of the eBook where I literally do have a library on my iPhone.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Proust Comment 1

But then, even in the most insignificant details of our daily life, none of us can be said to constitute a material whole, which is identical for everyone and need only be turned up like a page in an account-book or the record of a will; our social personality is a creation of the thoughts of other people" (Vol 1, p23)

In this age of social networking Proust's words here seem prescient. None of us has a single persona especially not to others. This is as true of each of us as it is for Swann, Proust's protagonist here.


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The 2011 Romp Through Proust has Begun

The New Year Challenge is upon me, and you my reader are here to cheer me on. In 2011 my aim is to read through the 6 volumes of In Search Of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. many better people have stumbled at such a task but I am going to give it a try.

I am going to use this blog to keep track of my progress and any observations along the way.

Wish me luck


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