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Download Within a Budding Grove, Part 2: Remembrance of Things Past Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5 4.25 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcel Proust Narrator: John Rowe Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, and as an avid explorer of new worlds social, sexual and artistic.

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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tiffany | 8/27/2010

    " This had my short hairs twitching! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina | 8/15/2010

    " Read each word carefully, each passage more than once, with a French dictionary as a last resort. Dedicate a year to each volume; Proust dedicated his entire life to the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Will | 6/7/2010

    " ok...some of the prose is remarkable and beautiful but my god, this is a very tedious book to read. A friend of mine thinks it's about the greatest thing ever written but I guess I just don't get it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tania | 6/3/2010

    " "Swann in Love" is the best part of Proust's seven volume novel so far. "

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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.