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The Dance of Christian Life uI read the whole damn thing for which I feel like demanding a medal A famousote about this work goes I may be thicker skinned than most but I just can t Bringin Em Back Alive understand why anyone should take thirty pages to describe how he tosses about in bed because he can t get to sleep I clutched my headI heartily agree Nor do I like dinner parties that take longer to read about than they took to occur The main problem with Proust and his admirers is that they are convinced that the French aristocracy with all their trivial concerns and all their trivial conversations were actually interesting In reality they were very dull and conventional people One of Proust s friends actually said that to him but Proust was too status struck to listenThe only character in the books I liked was Charles Morel because he screwed everyone over and treated them like dirt By the time I finished I thought they deserved him The first volume of In Search of Lost Time ISoLT or Remembrance of Things Past RoTP or la recherche du temps perdu Merde m ren autre was first published in France 100 years ago this month I started reading in February and now end this beast in November Apparently I needed a little wind Wet Messy Futa Roadtrip up to start and if the last 12 hours is any indication I will need a wee bit of time to settle down from the mess Proust has left in my headThis is a book that feels like a hypnotic river that both transports nourishes warms and transcends 4211 pages later and I feel like this is a novel I want to read again both immediately and much much later I had barely put down Time Regained and I was like an orobus reaching for Swann s Way I m going to chew on my BIG review of ISoLT for awhile I don t know if I m ready to try to explain or evennderstand the whole of Proust yet Hell I m not sure I m ready to look at myself that closely yetReading Proust was a bit like reading Finnegans Wake Certainly not the details or style mind you Proust wasn t deliberately sending his prose into language fractals neologisms and ghillie suits of his own idioglossia Proust isn t trying to capture or interpret the night or dreams although dreams and sleep do play a part of ISoLT Proust isn t trying to hide he is seeking to الراحلون uncover Both works however are best approached as literature that shouldn t be sipped These are pieces that you need to let wash over you You will miss parts for sure butnless you are a Joyce or Proust scholar you won t A Carolinian Goes to War uncover 110 of what they are really sending your direction anyway Let the prose roll Let the messages seep into your conciousness Beware of the designs of the left brained temptor to stop every sentenece and try to comprehend completely what was written Finnegans wake is too obscure and ISoLT is too damn long to do this Pull your feetp push your head back and float damn you alla ick after note the first four books of Proust I read were the Viking Translations done by Lydia Davis Bk 1 James Grieve Bk 2 Mark Treharne Bks 3 4 The last three Bks 5 7 were the Modern Library s Enright Scott Moncrieff translations IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSEMarcel eats the madeleine Marcel Oh that really reminds me of somethingMarcel s friend Oh yes WhatMarcel I can t ite put my finger on iterhmmm No it s goneMarcel s friend Oh well It probably wasn t that important In reality every reader is while he is reading the reader of his own self The writer s work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he offers the reader to enable him to discern what without this book he would perhaps never have perceived in himself I struggled with Proust on and off for three years I read these books sitting standing lying down in cars and on trains waiting in airports on commutes to work relaxing on vacation Some of it I read in New York some in Madrid Lisbon Vienna By now this book functions as my own madeleine with different passages triggering memories from widely scattered places and periods in my lifeI am surprised I reached the end Every time I put down a volume I was sure I would never pick Temple of Cocidius: A Monster Girl Harem Adventure: Book 2 (English Edition) up another each installment only promised of the same and I had already had than enough but then the nagging sense of the incomplete overcame my aversion and with mixed feeling I would pickp the next one and repeat the experienceThroughout this long voyage my response to Proust has been consistent I should say consistently inconsistent alternately admiration and frustration There are times when I fall completely nder Proust s spell and times when I find his writing intolerable Probably this mixture has much to do with What Harold Bloom Called Harold Bloom called anxiety of influence since almost as soon as I finished the first volume I started working on a novel a novel which very clearly bears the traces of Proust s influence It may be that with Proust I have something of an Oedipal complex and I need to lodge criticism at his work in order to clear the air for my own though I don t know What I do know is that my reactions to this book have proven tempestuous and I have yet to spur myself to write a fair reviewWhen approaching a novel of this size and complexity it is difficult to know where to start Can In Search of Lost even be called a novel In a writing class my instructor told s that any needs to have a protagonist an objective a series of obstacles a strategy for overcoming these obstacles a seuence of failures and successes all of it culminating in a grand climax that leads directly to a resolution If you look carefully you can indeed make out the bare outline of this dramatic pattern in Proust s work But like the slender skeleton of a peacock buried nder a mountain of feathers this outline serves as a vague scaffold
over which are draped colorful ornament and it is the ornament that attracts our attentionIn most novels any given passage which are draped colorful ornament and it is the ornament that attracts our attentionIn most novels any given passage serve some dramatic purpose characterization description plot However there are times when the author will pull back from the story to make a general comment on society humanity or the world These comments are very often pungent and aphoristic the most otable section of the whole book since they do not depend on their context Some authors like Dickens very infreuently make these sorts of remarks others like George Elliot are full of them Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world and leave only a margin by which we see the blot I know of no speck so troublesome as self Elliot s masterpiece Middlemarch is distinguished for being simultaneously didactic and dramatic eual parts analysis and art Proust goes even further in the direction of analysis totally overwhelming every other aspect of the book with his ceaseless commentary No event however insignificant happens without being dissected the Narrator lets no observation go Bounce unobserved even at the cost of being redundant This endless exegesis circling the same themes with relentless exactitude is what swells this book to its famously vast proportions Tolstoy no laconic writersed less than half the length to tell a story that spanned years and encompassed whole nations The story Proust tells could have been told by say Jane Austen in 400 pages although this would leave out everything that makes it worth readingDifferent as the two authors are the social milieu Proust represents is oddly reminiscent of Jane Austen s world being populated by snobby aristocrats who jostle for status and who never have to work a world of elegant gatherings witty conversation and artistic dilettantism Austen and Proust also share an affinity for satirizing their worlds although they Dams, Dynamos, and Development use different means for very different ends In any case both Austen s England and Proust s France are long gone and it can be very difficult for the modern reader to sympathize with these characters whose priorities manners and lifestyle are so distant from our own Why should we care about soir es and salons dukes and duchesses who do nothing but gossip pursue petty love affairs and pon. Laalità di Proust scriveva Virginia Woolf è l'unione dell'estrema sensibilità con l'estrema tenacia E resistente come il filo per suture ed evanescente come la polvere d'oro di Good Friends, Good Guns, Good Whiskey una farfalla Suesta sensibilità e su esta tenacia e su molto altro ancora è costruito il fascino della Recherche colossale romanzo mondo l'unico che l'autore abbia dato alle stampe frutto di indici anni di tormentata gestazione Usciti.
Marcel Proust ☆ 9 ReadTificate ignorantly in their pinched worldYet this narrow social milieu though always in focus only forms the backdrop for Proust s real purpose and this purpose is suitably Language universal to create a religion of art A new religion was needed Proust was writing at a turbulent time in European history in the aftermath of the Death of God as the fin de si cle high society of his youth was shattered by World War I as new notions of psychology overturned old verities of human behavior as every convention in art music and literature was being broken Even the physical world was becomingnrecognizable populated by Misfortune Cookies (When the Fat Ladies Sing uantum fields and bending space time It was the world of Freud snconscious Einstein s relativity and Picasso s cubism when new theories about everything were embraced Granted Proust may have been only peripherally aware of these historical currents but he was no doubt responsive to them as this novel amply provesIn this book Proust sets out to show that our salvation lays in art This means showing Unraveling Josh (Ellery College, us that our salvation does not lay in anything else Specifically Proust must demonstrate that social status and romantic love twoniversal human aspirations are will o the wisps He does this subtly and slowly First as a young man the Protagonist is awed by high society The names of famous actresses writers composers and most of all socialites the aristocratic Guermantes hold a mysterious allure that he finds irresistible He slowly learns how to behave in salons and to hold his own in conversation eventually meeting all the people he idolized from afar But when he finally does make the acuaintance of these elite socialites he finds that their wit is exaggerated their knowledge superficial their opinions conventional their artistic taste deficient In short the allure of status was emptyAnd not only that temporary In the final volume Proust demonstrates that status waxes and wanes with changes of fashion often in A Consortium of Worlds unforeseen ways By the end of the book Rachel who began as a prostitute is a celebrated actress while Berma who began as a celebrated actress ends as a broken down old women still respected but no longer fashionable The Protagonist s friend Bloch who is a flatfooted stupid and awkward man ends the book as a celebrated author despite a total lack of originality or wit The Baron de Charlus an intensely proud man endsp doffing his hat to nearly anyone he runs into in the street while the rest of society ostracizes him Status in other words being based on nothing but mass whim is liable to change whimsicallyProust s views of love are even cynical The Protagonist does have a genuine affection for his mother and grandmother but these are almost the only genuine bonds in the entire long novel When Proust looks at romantic love he sees only delusion and jealousy an inability to see another person accurately combined with a narcissistic rge to possess and a paranoia of losing them The archetypical Proustian relationship is that between Swann and Odette wherein Swann a figure in high society has a casual dalliance with Odette a courtesan and despite not thinking much of Odette Swann nearly loses his mind when he begins to suspect she is cheating on him He marries Odette not out of romantic passion but in order to gain some measure of peace from his paranoid jealousySummarized in this way Proust s views seem if somewhat disenchanted hardly radical But the real thrust of Proust s thinking depends on a truly radical subjectivism This book as Harold Bloom points out is wisdom literature firmly rooted in the introspective tradition of Montaigne But Proust is than introspective A true Cartesian Proust is solipsistic And much of his rejection of worldly sources of happiness and his concomitant embrace of art depends on this intensely first person view of the worldIn his emphasis on the subjective basis of reality Proust s thought is often oddly reminiscent of Buddhism Our personalities far from being stable are nothing but an endless flux that changes from moment to moment each second we die and are born again What s we perceive other people through the lens of our own desires knowledge opinions and biases and therefore never perceive accurately There are as many versions of you as there are people to perceive you Thus we never really know another person Our relationships with friends and lovers are really
RELATIONSHIPS WITH MENTAL CONSTRUCTIONS THAT HAVEwith mental constructions that have a tenuous connection with the real person The bonds between ourselves and another person exist only in our minds Memory as it grows fainter loosens them and notwithstanding the illusion by which we want to be duped and with which out of love friendship politeness deference duty we dupe other people we exist alone Man Is The Creature is the creature cannot escape from himself who knows other people only in himself and when he asserts the contrary he is lying You Might Think That This Is A Shockingly Cynical View And think that this is a shockingly cynical view and is but Proust adheres to it consistently Here he is on friendship our friends being friends only in the light of an agreeable folly which travels with s through life and to which we readily accommodate ourselves but which at the bottom of our hearts we know to be no reasonable than the delusions of the man who talks to furniture because he believes that it is alive And love of course comes off even worse than friendship Almost everyone was surprised at the marriage and that in itself is surprising No doubt very few people Letters Between a Catholic and an Evangelical understand the purely subjective nature of the phenomenon we call love or how it creates so to speak a supplementary person distinct from the person whom the world knows by the same name a person most of whose constituent elements are derived from ourselves In the dissolving acid of Proust s solipsism one can see why he considers both social status and romantic love as vain pursuits since they are not and can never be based on anything but a delusion Of course status and love do bring people happiness at least temporarily But Proust is careful to show that all happiness and sadness caused by these things have nothing to do with their reality but only with our subjectivenderstanding of that reality Depending on how we interpret a word or analyze an intention depending on whether we hold someone in esteem or in contempt depending in short on how we subjectively nderstand what we experience we will be happy or sad The source of all suffering and bliss is in the mind not the world but we are normally blind to this fact and thus go on mistakenly trying to alter the world I had realized before now that it is only a clumsy and erroneous perception which places everything in the object when really everything is in the mind As you can see we are moving in a strikingly mystical direction where love and success are just egotistic delusions hypostatized mental artifacts that we mistake for solid reality So what should we do Proust s answer to this predicament is also mystical in flavor Normally we are trapped by our perspective thinking that we are viewing reality when we are actually just experiencing our own warped mental apparatus To break s out of this trap we must first experience Unforeseen (Kingdom Keepers, unhappiness As for happiness that is reallyseful only in one way only by making Nascars Wildest Wrecks unhappiness possible Andnhappiness results when something we mistook to be solid reputation love even life itself is shown to be fleeting and A Land More Kind Than Home unreal that our everyday reality is based on nothing but lies mistakes and misunderstandings You might say this is Proust s version of Christian consolation For in the despair that opensp during these crises we can give Outlaw Bride up our fantasies and partake in Proustian mysticismThis mysticism consists in reconnecting with our basic sensations To do this Proust does not like the Buddhists turn to meditation on the present moment Instead he relies on art and memory Normal language is totally inadeuate to this task Our words beingniversally James Still used only convey A partire dal 1913 i sette libri che compongono inn tutto nitario la Recherche esplorano na moltitudine di temi il senso del tempo la memoria il sogno l'abitudine il desiderio E poi ancora la gelosia il rapporto tra arte e realtà l'interagire di rituali ed emozioni Memorabili i personaggi che il lettore incontra tra este pagine dal Narratore figura dai fortissimi tratti autobiografici alle donne da lui amate Gil. Hat aspect of experience that is common to everyone all the individual savor of a perception its most essential ality is lost But great artists like the fictitious Vinteuil Bergotte or Elstir can The White Paternoster, And Other Stories use their medium to overcome thesual limits of discourse transmitting the full power of their perspectives Even so this artistic communication can only act as a spur for our own introspective Laid uest Shorn of illusory happiness inspired by example we can probe our own memory and experience the bliss of pure experienceMemory is essential in this for Proust thinks that it is only by juxtaposing one experience with another that we can see the perception in its pure form without any reference to our conventional reality This is why moments of involuntary memory like the madeleine episode are so important for Proust it is in these moments when a present experience triggers a long buried memory that we can re visit the experiences of our past free from delusion as a pure impartial spectator The final Proustian wisdom is essentially contemplative passive aesthetic able to see the ironies of human life and to appreciate the recurring patterns of human existenceProust s goal then is to do for the reader what Bergotte Elstir and Vinteuil did for his Narrator to create art that acts as a window to the self And his style is exactly suited to this purpose In my review of a book on meditation I noted what I called the novelistic imagination which is our tendency to see the world as a setting and ourselves as the Protagonist beset by trials and tribulations Meditation aims to break out of this rathernrealistic mindset by focusing on the present moment Proust s aim is similar but his method is different He takes the narrative tendency of the novelistic imagination and stretches and stretches pulling each sentence apart twisting it around itself extending the form and padding the structure The World Rushed in until the narration is hardly narration at allntil you are simply swimming in a sea of soundsBy doing so Proust allows you to feel the passage of time to make time palpable and real and to feel our memory processing and being activated over and over again in response to passing sensations This way Proust hopes to bring Essential Business Networking us in contact with reality An hour is not merely an hour it is a vase full of scents and sounds and projects and climates and what we call reality is a certain connection between these immediate sensations and the memories which envelops simultaneously with them This is my attempt to elucidate Proust s aesthetic religion Of course like any religion of art it is objectionable for manifold reasons it lacks any moral compass it is elitist it is purely passive Not only that but Proust connects with his religion a solipsism that is He Taught Me to Hope (Darcy and the Young Knights Quest uestionable on philosophic grounds not to mention cynical in the extreme It is a cold antisocialnsympathetic doctrine with appeal only to disenchanted aesthetes But of course this is Knights of the Hill Country ultimately a work of art and not of philosophy and so In Search of Lost Time must be judged on literary grounds When it comes to the criteria by which we judge asual novelist characterization dialogue plot I think Proust is somewhat weak There is of course little plot to speak of And although Harold Bloom thought that Proust was a rival of Shakespeare when it came to characterization a judgment that baffles me I felt very little for any of the people in this novel They all speak in Proust s longwinded voice and so never came alive for me It always seems as if I am overhearing Proust describe someone rather than meeting them myselfBut of course one cannot appraise Proust A House Built out of Stone using these standards This novel is above all audacious It is a modernist tour de force which turns nearly every novelistic convention on its head More than that it is a novel of ideas which puts forward a radical view of the human predicament and its own answers to the perennialestions of life It is wisdom literature rooted deeply in tradition while being absolutely original and Alma Mater uncompromising in its newness It is both intensely beautiful and intenselygly hideously sublime For anyone who can pull themselves through all its pages it will leave them deeply marked I know I have been Why did Proust have to write a 4000 page novel especially when there is not any discernable coherent plot Was it really necessary to have those extended society scenes some of which lasted for 150 pages or so Couldn t the whole thing have been tightened p a little and cut down to 1000 pages or so I asked myself these estions at various points over the nine months it took me to journey through Proust s masterpiece It was not No Gentleman for Georgina (The Notorious Flynns, until the final two volumes and particularly the latter half of Time Regained that it all started to make sense The point Proust is trying to make can only be experienced as opposed to realized intellectually if you have plodded through the seemingly endless series of anecdotes asides and philosophical musings Proust is trying to tells how the experiences of our past slip away from our memory and as such no longer have any obvious impact on us in some cases ie sexual jealousy and In some cases ie sexual jealousy and this is a good thing lest the pain of these losses would forever burden Thin Blue Smoke us But it also isolatess from those moments of pleasure of experiencing pure beauty We can try through the vehicle of voluntary memory to retrieve the good old days but we will get nothing than a snapshot and will not feel the experience of what it was really like in those moments The only way to recapture lost time Proust tells s is through the involuntary memories that spontaneously arise from random sensory input the taste of a madeleine soaked in tea the experience of standing on neven paving stones the clang of a spoon against a dish as it triggers the memories of the last time we experienced the same sensations along with the other physical and emotional sensations with which the catalytic sensation is associated The experience of these sensations is actually of a purer form than we experienced when they happened to Restoration us the first time because they are not impeded by all the other competing stimuli that were impinging ons at the time At the time for example we may have been disappointed that this resort was not exactly what we had in mind we may have been worried about the health of a loved one we might be distracted by concerns of our professional careers In this moment of recapturing the past all that comes to The Vanished (Roswell High, us is thenadulterated form of the experience of pleasure Of course this is a pretty nreliable mechanism to tap into our past and as Proust shows it is fleeting as well The only way to recapture the past in a lasting way is through the creation of a work of art which is where the book comes in How does a writer depict an experience which is eventually forgotten and is then perfectly recaptured years later Well you have to help the reader have the experience of long stretches of time of the entirety of a long life lived complete with all the hundreds of people
And Experiences And Moments Of Inspiration And Self Doubt Thatexperiences and moments of inspiration and self doubt that with it When in the last pages of Time Regained Proust describes the incident of the good night kiss one of the earliest episodes of the book I felt like this did occur 40 years ago given how long ago I read it And as Proust through his magnificent prose lovingly reconstructed the scene it came back to me with the full force of his original description He had succeeded in helping me recapture this literary event and how beautiful the experience of it was I certainly don t want to try to compete with the length of In Search of was I certainly don t want to try to compete with the length of In Search of Time itself with this review so let me conclude ickly Please if you have any interest at all in serious literature do not be thrown off by the length of this book It is an Taken by the Pterodactyl (Dinosaur Erotica) unparalleled work of genius for which as I hope I have argued successfully above the length is an essential element If you make the commitment you will be rewarde. Berte e Albertine fino a Odette e Swann Bloch Françoise il barone di Charlus e la duchessa di Guermantes Attorno al tema della memoria involontaria le cosiddette intermittenze del cuore della celeberrima scena della madeleine vive tutta la società francese dei decenni a cavallo del Novecentoelli della vita di Proust dalla sconfitta di Sedan agli anni delle avanguardie passando per l'affaire Dreyfus e la Grande Guer.