44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2002
"In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust is a book that should be read by everyone, especially those with an interest in human perception, snobbishness, the inner self, obsessive love, Modern Art and very long sentences. It is a masterful traverse of French society before and after the First World War, which brilliantly and beautifully illustrates the lingering figures of an aristocracy, which many today might have thought died out with the guillotine. Proust paints his characters as brightly as Toulouse Latrec and as sharply as the previously mentioned blade. The reader will particularly enjoy the narrator's reverence for the deeply fashionable M Swann, his descriptions of the interminable soirees of the drearily nouveau-riche Mme Verdurin, his claustrophobic love for Gilberte/Mme Guermantes/Albertine, and his encyclopaedic wit and wisdom on everything from the stage, fashion trends, the stock market, the telephone, the automobile, and sapphic love, through to hawthorns and those famous little cakes. For those that do not make it to the end the last word is time. What's a million and half words anyway?
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2010
These volumes are well produced and make a good collection in their box. Paperbacks sometimes do not have a good feel to them but these volumes lie open at ease and are quite pleasant to hold. If you are reading this you already know something about the contents. Price reasonable.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2011
Everyone should read this book as soon as they are able to do so. The wisdom and insight it contains give valuable tools for making it in society. I'm over 60 and am kicking myself for not having read the book earlier and for having listened to people who said it's impossible to read and understand because of the long sentences and page-long paragraphs. Reading it is slow but really worth it. I am actually reading it first in French and once I have finished, I shall read it in English. Proust 'reads' people and judges them - not at first sight, but once he figures them out, no one is spared his sarcasm, not princes, princesses, anyone!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2011
OK, cut to the chase: this is the best englishing of Proust to date, unlikely to be bettered, in a beautifully printed and presented edition...
At a good price too. My 89-year old mother is approaching the end of volume one and, at her present rate, will certainly get much further than I ever did. Finished by Christmas no doubt.
Go on, take it on - unless you read French, in which case it's the Garnier.