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In Search of Lost Time: Guermantes Way v. 3: The Guermantes Way

In Search of Lost Time: Guermantes Way v. 3: The Guermantes Way

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By (author) Marcel Proust, Translated by C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, Translated by Terence Kilmartin, Translated by D.j. Enright

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 720 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 31mm | 492g
  • Publication date: 16 December 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099362414
  • ISBN 13: 9780099362418
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 53,041

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This is an acclaimed, fully revised edition of the Scott Moncrieff and Kilmartin translation. In "The Guermantes Way", Proust's narrator recalls his initiation into the dazzling world of Parisian high society. Looking back over his time in the glamorous salons of the aristocracy, he satirises this shallow world and his own youthful infatuation with it. His observations, and his experiences with his lover Albertine, also educate him in the volatile nature of desire as he walks the path towards adulthood.

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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 1889, however, his suffering from chronic asthma, the death of his parents and his growing disillustionment 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 life's work.

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"A version that wonderfully proves the greatness of this novel, this novelist" -- Melvyn Bragg Guardian "What a genius! Whole pages cascade, like great jazz slaloms" -- Bill Nighy The Times "One of the cornerstones of the Western literary canon" The Times "It's a novel with zero plot, but the narrator's brilliant analyses of everyday experiences more than make up for it. I've never read a better description of what it feels like to fall asleep" -- Alain de Botton Mail on Sunday "The plot is as gripping as any soap opera, the jokes come thick and fast...Proust's is a world entire - so why not take it with you anywhere in the world?" -- Will Self Independent on Sunday

Editorial reviews

People think they don't need to bother with Proust. They know about the madeleine, they know it's about remembering the past, they know that not much happens and they know it's 3000 pages long. People speak about getting to the end of it in the same way as they talk of climbing Everest or running the marathon - but this is all wrong. It's not hard to read and gathers you up in its momentum. It is also horribly funny, heartbreaking, beautifully observed and intelligent with a clarity that makes you feel intelligent as well. (Kirkus UK)