Book Review on Proust and Swann’s Way — The Love of My Grandmother

Preliminary thoughts:

The purpose of this review is not to provide a summary of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way. It is an attempt to recollect memories of my life that are distant from each other, but rather memories that coincide “like a map which, after being folded up, is spread out upon the ground.” I think this is likely a common experience for many and it is one of the main attractions of Proust’s writing. However, the thing that connects me most to this book is the long conversations I had with my Grandmother in college under trees in University Yard. I think a love for this book symbolizes one of the best gifts my Grandmother shared with me.

“Illiers, the country town overlooked by a church steeple where Proust spent time as a child and which he described as “Combray” in the novel. The town adopted the name Illiers-Combray in homage.” Image and description retrieved from Wikipeida. I claim no copyright.
“First galley proof of A la recherche du temps perdu: Du côté de chez Swann with handwritten revision notes by Marcel Proust (1871–1922). Auctioned by Christie’s in July 2000 for £663,750 — a world record for a French literary manuscript.” Image and description retrieved from Wikipeida. I claim no copyright.

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Charles Lincon

Charles Lincon

Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, Hegelian dialectics, Attic Greek, masters University of Amsterdam.