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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcel Proust Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Swann’s Way is the first novel of Marcel Proust’s seven-volume magnum opus, In Search of Lost Time. Following the narrator’s opening ruminations about the nature of sleep is one of twentieth-century literature’s most famous scenes: the eating of the Madeleine soaked in a “decoction of lime-flowers,” the associative act from which the remainder of the narrative unfurls. After elaborate reminiscences about his childhood with relatives in rural Combray and in urban Paris, Proust’s narrator recalls a story regarding Charles Swann, a major figure in his Combray childhood and his escapades in nineteenth-century privileged Parisian society revolving around his obsessive love for young socialite Odette de Crécy.

Filled with searing, insightful, and humorous criticisms of French society, this novel showcases Proust’s innovative prose style. With narration that alternates between first and third person, Swann’s Way unconventionally introduces Proust’s recurring themes of memory, love, art, and the human experience—and for nearly a century, audiences have deliciously savored each moment.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annaclover | 2/3/2014

    " This is like eating slices of a very rich fruit cake. Dense and rich and full of raisins, you need to set some time aside with a cup of tea, taking your time over each bite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristin | 1/31/2014

    " Some exquisite prose. Unsure of the significance of Swann's story in the grand scheme of things but presumably the next five volumes will make that clear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gibbinsj | 1/17/2014

    " It is a long slog through French wordiness, but worth it. I will finish the whole three volumes by the end of 2009, AS GOD IS MY WITNESS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Teri | 1/6/2014

    " I always have excellent posture when I read Proust. Even my body is at full attention; this is no casual read. Nevertheless, it is well worth the effort. Proust attains an excruciating precision in mapping both external and internal landscapes. Like Artaud, Proust articulates neurosis/obsession/madness with such detail that the reader feels privy to the narrator's psyche. "

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Author Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust (1871–1922) was a French novelist, essayist, and critic, best known as the author of Remembrance of Things Past, a monumental work of fiction published in seven parts from 1913 to 1927.