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In the second volume of Proust's great novel, the narrator emerges as an actor in the drama of his own life. Swann has now dwindled into a husband for his former mistress, Odette, and their daughter, Gilberte, becomes the adolescent narrator's playmate and tantalising love-object.

We move from Paris to the seaside town of Balbec, from ritualised social performances to midsummer spontaneity, and from Gilberte to her successor Albertine.

In Balbec, the narrator is befriended by the painter Elstir who introduces him both to the craft of painting and to the mysterious 'little band' of girls. An artistic education is thus intricately interwoven with a journey of sexual self-discovery. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cameron | 1/1/2014

    " Alain de Botton's quote neatly sums up my experience of reading Proust: "One is never far from a phrase that feels so acute and so true that it seems to be expressing an essential truth of the soul hewn out of primordial psychological matter." This book is one of the most beautiful and profound novels I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ariadna73 | 12/1/2013

    " Proust is a master; and what I love the most is that every time I read him; I feel the urge to write. I feel that my writing improves and I feel the drive to express myself in writing. I love him for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Wright | 11/25/2013

    " Please refer to my review of this work as a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 11/21/2013

    " This is probably my favourite volume of 'In Search of Lost Time', but although I quite enjoyed Lydia Davis's translation of the first volume, James Grieve's version tended to frustrate me at times. This is the only reason for the missing fifth star. "

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About the Author
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.