In Search of Lost Time,Vol 3The Guermantes Way, Paperback Book

In Search of Lost Time,Vol 3The Guermantes Way Paperback

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This is an acclaimed, fully revised edition of the Scott Moncrieff and Kilmartin translation.

In "The Guermantes Way", Proust's narrator recalls his initiation into the dazzling world of Parisian high society.

Looking back over his time in the glamorous salons of the aristocracy, he satirises this shallow world and his own youthful infatuation with it.

His observations, and his experiences with his lover Albertine, also educate him in the volatile nature of desire as he walks the path towards adulthood.

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My least favourite volume so far, which is not to distract from how good some of it is. The writing at its finest moments is breathtaking (it would give things away to mention what they are), but I did lose some interest during the most drawn out dinner parties. The book is very cynical about the society it studies, but is doubtless justified in being so. I assume that the journey from worship to scorn of high society mirrors Proust's own - and he makes a thoroughly convincing case.