In Search of Lost Time,Vol 5The Captive & The Fugitive, Paperback Book

In Search of Lost Time,Vol 5The Captive & The Fugitive Paperback

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

In the two novels - "The Captive" and "The Fugitive" - contained in this volume, Proust's narrator is living in his mother's apartment in Paris with his lover, Albertine.

However, this is far from an idyllic state of affairs.

His obsessive love for her means that their relationship is shadowed by jealousy and headed for tragedy.


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Epic stuff - a very slow, considered style, with considerations of every thought and twist in the narrator's personality and those of everyone around him. Staggeringly perceptive and fascinating, beautifully written, but also a slog sometimes where his observations (at a 100-page dinner party being the culprit, and not for the first time in the series) drag on just too much. Part of the problem is that the high society people he is discussing are awful, and so not pleasant company, although of course that is the point Proust is making...I found this like the 4 volumes before it - occasionally difficult to read and sometimes a bit dull, but when it's good is as good as anything you'll ever read. The insights into human nature and life, and the fundamental unknowability of other people, are breathtaking.