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5.0 out of 5 stars Notes on the volumes of Marcel Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time', 14 Aug 2009
If you have made it this far through 'In Search of Lost Time', Proust's rambling novel about wealthy Parisian society at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth, then you will most likely already know if you are planning on reading the whole novel, which is often described as one of the greatest novels ever written.

But if you are new to Proust then it is essential that you begin with 'Swann's Way' not this volume, which was never intended to be a stand-alone novel. You really must read the original seven volumes, now sometimes rearranged into six, as one long book, and if you find Swann's Way hard going there's really no point in ploughing on, as it doesn't get any more 'exciting'. This isn't meant as a criticism however, just as a warning to anyone looking for a bit of light reading.

When you start reading Proust you embark on a long, slow but potentially very rewarding journey, full of superb writing and incredibly sensitive and humorous insights into human nature. There are several different translations of the work, each with its own merits. I won't go into those now, but I will stress that if you choose to read each volume separately you really must keep to the correct order, which is as follows: Swann's Way; Within a Budding Grove; The Guermantes Way; Sodom and Gomorrah; The Captive; The Fugitive; Time Regained.

It's definitely a journey worth making, if you can find the time.
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