In The Guermantes Way, Part 1, the third volume of Marcel Proust's monumental, seven volume Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel penetrates the inner sanctum of Paris high society and falls in love with the fascinating Duchesse de Guermantes. With his unmatched powers of observation Proust vividly describes the struggles for political, social, and sexual supremacy played out beneath a veneer of elegant manners.
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Acclaimed English actor Neville Jason does a beautiful job performing Proust's finely-honed depiction of life among Parisian aristocrats. In this abridged third volume of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, the narrator returns to Paris and becomes fixated on the Duchesse de Guermantes, who lives next door. As he devises ways of meeting her, he also experiences a complex web of social and sexual relationships that include the rumblings of the Dreyfus affair. Listeners will appreciate Jason's smooth elocution and range of voices, although some may find his substitution of English accents for French at least a little blasphemous.
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