The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5 : Remembrance of Things Past

  • by Marcel Proust
  • Narrated by Neville Jason
  • Series: Remembrance of Things Past
  • 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason’s widely praised abridged version has rightly become an audiobook landmark and now, after numerous requests, he is recording the whole work unabridged which, when complete, will run for some 140 hours. The Captive is the fifth of seven volumes. The Narrator’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment. He suspects she may be attracted to her own sex.
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I have only recently returned to the endeavour through Proust that I began last autumn. Probably due to oversaturation I had to stop after ”Sodom and Gomorrah”. But now, returning, it’s like I had never been away. Neville Jason’s perfect narration, the flow of Proust’s language and his deep insight into humanity are a trove of delightful treasures. 

In my review of the previous volume, I spoke of the pervading theme in Proust that somehow speaks to me the most in this time and place in my life: the sense of identity and how it’s formed, not only in our eyes but in others’, as well. Proust is, in this respect not only an incomparable psychologist but also a most gifted creator of character and circumstance. His characters pretend to be something they’re not, and in fact this pretense might be their uttermost reality. How we lie to each other and ourselves, then. 

A wonderful experience to be lived and relived, the fifth volume in Proust’s heptalogy and the first part of what the author envisaged as ”The Albertine Novel”, ”The Captive” (”La Prisonnière”) was published in 1923, following Proust’s death of pneumonia and pulmonary abscess in November of the previous year. It’s thus the first of the three remaining volumes that, because of the varying states of (in)completeness, are under critical textual study. Moncrieff’s translation, the one used in these audiobooks, is, in this respect, an old one that is unable to take into account all the textual advancements, yet from what I understand it’s not a deal-breaker at all in the sense that it would somehow befuddle the reader/listener of Proust.
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- Antti

Compelling listening.

The narration was excellent. The characters were brought alive by imagery, enabling the atmosphere created by Marcel Proust to be felt.
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- Beryl O'Brien

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2012
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks