Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past is one of the world's most celebrated books. And yet many people are daunted by its formidable size: it is more than 3,000 pages long. In this audio version Proust's masterpiece is presented in easily accessible form, the author's major themes and unique style are retained, and the key scenes are linked by a specially written narration. The Essential Remembrance of Things Past is an ideal introduction to one of the landmarks of modern European literature.
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The art of abridgment and the art of narration are both fully tested in this compression of Proust's gargantuan masterpiece. Neville Jason wonderfully captures Proust's distinctive narrative voice: its unwavering detachment and the underlying affection with which this most meticulous of authors dissects each element of memory and feeling. Jason's rendering of male voices is excellent, in particular his matchless portrayal of the Baron de Charlus, but in depicting females and underlings he can be a bit stagy. The abridgment itself is excellent. The bridge-synopses are clear, to the point, and the individual passages are well chosen. The effect is exactly what is desired: a self-sufficient abridgment that captures the spirit, character, and a good part of the content of the original.
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