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Remembrance of Things Past Volume Two: 2 (Classics of World Literature) [Paperback]

Marcel Proust , Tom Griffith , C.K. Scott Moncrieff , Stephen Hudson
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5 Sep 2006 Classics of World Literature
Marcel Proust (1871-1922) spent the last fourteen years of his life writing A la recherche du temps perdu. It is an intimate epic, an excavation of the self, and a comedy of manners by turns and all at once. Proust is the twentieth century's Dante, presenting us with a unique, unsettling picture of ourselves as jealous lovers and unmitigated snobs, frittering our lives away, with only the hope of art as a possible salvation. He offers us a form of redemption for a sober and secular age. Scott Moncrieff's delightful translation was for many years the only access to Proust in English. A labour of love that took him nearly as many years as Proust spent writing the original. Moncrieff's translation strives to capture the extraordinary blend of muscular analysis with poetic reverie that typifies Proust's style. It remains a justly famous classic of translation. Originally published in seven parts, Wordsworth Editions are unique in offering the complete work in two volumes. Please note, this book is in Crown Quarto format, and therefore has a higher price than the rest of the World Literature series at £6.99

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  • Paperback: 1296 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184022147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840221473
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcel Proust was born in Auteuil in 1871. In his twenties he became a conspicuous society figure, frequenting the most fashionable Paris salons of the day. After 1899, however, his suffering from chronic asthma, the death of his parents and his growing disillusionment with humanity caused him to lead an increasingly retired life. He slept by day and worked by night, writing letters and devoting himself to the completion of A la recherche du temps perdu. He died in 1922 before publication of the last three volumes of his great work.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Remembrance of Things past 4 Sep 2010
To add to the reviews on volume 1 and 2, I have rated the whole 4 (4 1/2 really!)out of 5 but only because I believe the later version with Andreas Mayor's translation of Time regained is a better recommendation although Hudson was a friend of Proust not quite sure he was a great translator. The thing to note in my view is that Moncrieff, who was a great translator, was a contemporary of Proust and living through the same sensibilities. Proust lived during the Belle Epoque and the transformation of society from the nineteenth century to twentieth century and this helps ( so think art nouveau and jugendstil not post modernism!) This is a major plus for me in choosing his translation above others and also the style is something one rarely comes across these days. Proust was influenced by Ruskin again a point in Moncrieff's favour. I also have the 12 volume edition (with illustrations by Philippe Julian) and the six volume edition (with Kilmartin and edited by Enright which I find at times too contemporary in style and sensibility although more accurate given the later more reliable editions of Proust's work). The introduction to this series is very useful if one is coming to Proust for the first time but I would say read it after you have read the novel as it may take away some of the surprises, magnificent eccentricities etc of the novel. The novel itself requires patience. Given its length it allows the reader to live more with the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good purchase 20 May 2009
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A good affordable purchase of a classic work of literature. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in Marcel Proust and his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Volume two of the French classic 16 Mar 2010
By John Meanwood TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is an okay translation (it being the first) but it's a bit of a slog and unfortunately Mr Moncrieff does get a couple of things confused. It is also very heavy to hold, though you will probably be used to it if you have already read volume one.

I would recommend instead the following volumes, as they are more modern translations (by Terence Kilmartin) and are therefore easier to read:

In Search Of Lost Time, Vol 4: Sodom and Gomorrah
In Search Of Lost Time, Vol 5: The Captive & The Fugitive
In Search Of Lost Time, Vol 6: Time Regained and A Guide to Proust

Also How Proust Can Change Your Life, which is a humourous look at Proust's private life.
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