Marcel Proust: The Essential Remembrance of Things Past

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Marcel Proust: The Essential Remembrance of Things Past

Catalogue No:

NA898812

Discs:

8

Release date:

4th Jan 2010

Barcode:

9789626349885

Length:

9 hours 45 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Marcel Proust: The Essential Remembrance of Things Past


Neville Jason

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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.

Marcel Proust: The Essential Remembrance of Things Past

Marcel Proust's novel, Remembrance of Things Past…

I: Swann's Way

On one such occasion…

For many years the narrator's memories…

Charles Swann has a neighbouring property…

Another neighbour, the distinguished composer Vinteuil…

If the Meseglise Way was so easy…

II: Swann in Love

If no arrangement had been made to go anywhere…

For a time, Swann is a welcome guest…

Swann's jealousy is further inflamed…

'My darling,' he began again…

Place Names; The Name

But Marcel's passionate attachment to Gilberte…

Many years later, Marcel pays a visit…

III: Within a Budding Grove, Part I

Meanwhile, Marcel continues his daily visits…

Illness prevents the narrator…

Marcel's pleasure at being a welcome guest…

These distractions make it all the harder…

Place Names; The Place

Every few minutes the little train…

I threw myself into the arms of my grandmother…

IV: Within a Budding Grove, Part II

Madame de Villeparisis introduces her nephew…

Meanwhile, my grandmother had been making…

Balbec is full of lovely girls.

One girl in particular intrigues Marcel.

Albertine and Marcel become friends…

The summer comes to an end…

V: The Guermantes Way, Part I

The Duke shows a different attitude…

Sometime later, Robert takes Marcel

'You might look the other way,' he warned her…

At an afternoon party given by Mme. De Villeparisis…

As he walked arm in arm with me and uttered…

Marcel's mother has persuaded him…

VI: The Guermantes Way, Part II

Marcel's parents are away in Combray…

Once the Duchesse du Guermantes has observed…

Dinner with the Guermantes…

After a moment's silence, I asked him…

So far I had never dreamt that…

Having come to know the Duc de Guermantes…

VII: Sodom and Gomorrah, Part I

The latter, deciding to cut short the preliminaries…

Marcel hears that as soon as Swann arrived…

The Duke and Duchess give Marcel a lift home.

Marcel learns that Albertine has arrived…

Marcel's suspicions have been aroused…

Notwithstanding these thoughts…

VIII: Sodom and Gomorrah, Part II

A brilliant violinist, Charles Morel…

I had just given Mme. Verdurin the message…

During dinner, the conversation turns to the painter Elstir…

Charlus, mad about Morel…

The Baron, foaming with rage…

Marcel and Albertine spend their days…

Convinced that Albertine is sexually attracted to women…

IX: The Captive, Part I

Although Albertine is, in principle…

Morel has become engaged…

Marcel conceals Albertine's presence…

Albertine tells Marcel she is going to visit…

Albertine agrees to give up her plan…

Albertine and Andree have gone to the theatre…

For many years, Marcel has been a friend…

The circumstances of his death…

X: The Captive, Part II

This evening's party at the Verdurins'…

Mme. Verdurin's anger with Charlus…

At the end of the party…

Charlus, despite having been sworn to secrecy…

When Marcel returns home…

As their conversation develops…

They resume going on drives together…

XI: The Fugitive

Marcel learns that Albertine has gone…

Having failed in his attempt to get Albertine…

Marcel's grief is complete…

Marcel questions Aimee…

At the Duchesse du Guermantes'…

Soon after Albertine's death…

Robert and Gilberte are married…

XII: Time Regained

Gilberte left Paris for Combray…

Marcel meets the Baron du Charlus…

Driven by thirst and curiosity…

Jupien finds Marcel…

After spending several years in a sanitorium…

When Marcel enters the drawing room…

Having been unafraid of death…

Audiophile Audition

“The art of abridgment and the art of narration are both fully tested in this compression of Proust’s gargantuan masterpiece into 10 smooth hours of listening. 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...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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