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    Swann's Way

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Steerpike, Dec 14, 2015.

    I've been reading this for a while now, and I find it at the same time fascinating from an artistic perspective and a bit of a slog in terms of the sequence of events (to the extent there is one so far). The issue, in part, may be that it's the book I have at the office, which means I read it in ten or fifteen minute snippets of time when I'm taking a break or grabbing a bite to eat. The prose intrigues me, but so far I'm not compelled by it.

    Anyone read this? What were your thoughts on it? I suspect I should devote a couple hours in a sitting to it at the very least.
     
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    I started reading it many years ago but never finished it. It got boring after a while. However, the prose is amazing. There's no doubt Proust was an incredibly talented writer. I've even read a few dozen pages in the original French. Unfortunately, this alone wasn't enough to hold my interest. Maybe I'll try again one day.

    Also, I don't think I'd ever get to reading the five or six other volumes of the book. So I have little motivation to read the Swann's Way, the first volume.
     
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    Thanks @thirdwind. It may be one where I'll have to be content with admiring the prose, knowing I'll never really be drawn into the story, such as it is, in a compelling way.
     

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