Category Archives: 2016 Goals

This’ll make you laugh

Remember my reader who commented that one must reread Proust? I wonder if that was a subtle curse. Judge for yourself as you read the next update. Within a Budding Grove, pp. 406-416 So, as I was plodding away this week, hiking … Continue reading

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“Tell Sparta” people

There’s something about December afternoons, with the days shortening and chill winds or damp rain pressing against my windows — ideal napping weather. This post dates from early December 2010, with big family holidays nearing. But now it’s a warm March morning as … Continue reading

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Proust, sort of, a compendium of posts

Interspersed with my summaries of and reactions to Proust’s novels are a few posts on related topics, highlights of which I’ve excerpted and combined below. It amazed me at the time how Proust-related books and articles would fall into my lap. … Continue reading

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Proust cont’d.

This post’s title was “Per viam rectam”, which I explain at the end. The post is dated October 29, 2010, just before I wrote the first draft of what became Kenning Magic. Make of that what you will. Within a Budding Grove, … Continue reading

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Reprieved (another Proust update)!

I’m going to have to do something about the search function on my other blog, because I’ve just found several additional Proust posts. I knew something was strange when Update #9 took me only to p. 344, yet when I had … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Proust #9

This is the last of my Proust posts from 2010. After this, it’s sauve qui peut! Within a Budding Grove, pp. 326-344 Marcel’s musings on the Bois de Boulogne, at the end of Swann’s Way, made me want to hop … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Proust #8

I don’t know whether to be encouraged or dismayed that it took me 8 weeks to read a bit over 300 pages, an average of about 36 pages a week. Someone recently pointed out that I’d do better with a 6-volume … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Proust #7

August 2010 was a full month for me, for I was returning to work after a year’s sabbatical. This post was originally dated 20 August, a week before the start of classes, which may explain why I’d read only 12 pages. Of … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Proust #6

Poor Swann. But also poor Odette. Marcel shows no mercy in what he writes about her, thereby revealing his own snobbery. I already know that the Swann-Odette arc will repeat itself with Marcel and … but I won’t give that away … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Proust #5

In Proust’s Way, Roger Shattuck includes a chapter on “How to Read a Roman-Fleuve¹”. Shattuck points to Proust’s style as purposefully constructed to slow a reader down: “His sentences move through long spirals that will not be hastened and deserve to be … Continue reading

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