This, the first audio-biography of Marcel Proust, tells the story of one of the world's most original and admired literary geniuses. From his youth in the salons of Belle Epoque Paris, we follow his progress through to his later years when, as a near recluse, he writes through the nights in his cork-lined bedroom.
In his great autobiographical novel Remembrance of Things Past, separating fact from fiction becomes a fascinating game of literary detection.
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Painless, unpretentious, insightful introduction
Don't know - haven't read it.
I particularly appreciated the way in which he links the characters in 'Remembrance of Things Past' to the real people and events of Proust's life.
I know him as a consummate reader of Proust's 'Remembrance of Things Past' (or 'In Search of Lost Time'). He exudes the sensitivity, sensuality, warmth and humanity that I imagine Proust to have had. He always makes sense of the words, quite a feat with some of those long, convoluted sentences. He can actually speak French, too, so no cringing at awful pronunciation as with some readings. This book shows how deeply he has researched the author and how much he loves the work.
The story of Marcel Proust is sad, but triumphant.
- Zenouf the Birdcatcher