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Swann's Way (Version 2)

Marcel Proust

Swann's Way is the first of the seven parts of Marcel Proust's great autobiographical novel "In Search of Lost Time." From the very first page the reader is drawn into the many facets of memory, memory as prompted by all the human senses. "Swann's Way (Du côté de chez Swann, sometimes translated as The Way by Swann's) (1913) was rejected by a number of publishers, including Fasquelle, Ollendorff, and the Nouvelle Revue Française (NRF). André Gide was famously given the manuscript to read to advise NRF on publication, and leafing through the seemingly endless collection of memories and philosophizing or melancholic episodes, came across a few minor syntactic errors, which made him decide to turn the work down in his audit. Proust eventually arranged with the publisher Grasset to pay the cost of publication himself. When published it was advertised as the first of a three-volume novel (Bouillaguet and Rogers, 316-7). Du côté de chez Swann is divided into four parts: "Combray I" (sometimes referred to in English as the "Overture"), "Combray II," "Un Amour de Swann," and "Noms de pays: le nom." ('Names of places: the name'). A third-person novella within Du côté de chez Swann, "Un Amour de Swann" is sometimes published as a volume by itself. As it forms the self-contained story of Charles Swann's love affair with Odette de Crécy and is relatively short, it is generally considered a good introduction to the work and is often a set text in French schools. "Combray I" is also similarly excerpted; it ends with the famous madeleine cake episode, introducing the theme of involuntary memory. In early 1914, André Gide, who had been involved in NRF's rejection of the book, wrote to Proust to apologize and to offer congratulations on the novel. "For several days I have been unable to put your book down.... The rejection of this book will remain the most serious mistake ever made by the NRF and, since I bear the shame of being very much responsible for it, one of the most stinging and remorseful regrets of my life." - Summary b

Swann's Way is the first of the seven parts of Marcel Proust's great autobiographical novel "In Search of Lost Time." From the very first page the reader is drawn into the many facets of memory, memory as prompted by all the human senses. "Swann's Way (Du côté de chez Swann, sometimes translated as The Way by Swann's) (1913) was rejected by a number of publishers, including Fasquelle, Ollendorff, and the Nouvelle Revue Française (NRF). André Gide was famously given the manuscript to read to advise NRF on publication, and leafing through the seemingly endless collection of memories and philosophizing or melancholic episodes, came across a few minor syntactic errors, which made him decide to turn the work down in his audit. Proust eventually arranged with the publisher Grasset to pay the cost of publication himself. When published it was advertised as the first of a three-volume novel (Bouillaguet and Rogers, 316-7). Du côté de chez Swann is divided into four parts: "Combray I" (sometimes referred to in English as the "Overture"), "Combray II," "Un Amour de Swann," and "Noms de pays: le nom." ('Names of places: the name'). A third-person novella within Du côté de chez Swann, "Un Amour de Swann" is sometimes published as a volume by itself. As it forms the self-contained story of Charles Swann's love affair with Odette de Crécy and is relatively short, it is generally considered a good introduction to the work and is often a set text in French schools. "Combray I" is also similarly excerpted; it ends with the famous madeleine cake episode, introducing the theme of involuntary memory. In early 1914, André Gide, who had been involved in NRF's rejection of the book, wrote to Proust to apologize and to offer congratulations on the novel. "For several days I have been unable to put your book down.... The rejection of this book will remain the most serious mistake ever made by the NRF and, since I bear the shame of being very much responsible for it, one of the most stinging and remorseful regrets of my life." - Summary b
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Fiction

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Swann's Way is the first of the seven parts of Marcel Proust's great autobiographical novel "In Search of Lost Time." From the very first page the reader is drawn into the many facets of memory, memory as prompted by all the human senses. "Swann's Way (Du côté de chez Swann, sometimes translated as The Way by Swann's) (1913) was rejected by a number of publishers, including Fasquelle, Ollendorff, and the Nouvelle Revue Française (NRF). André Gide was famously given the manuscript to read to advise NRF on publication, and leafing through the seemingly endless collection of memories and philosophizing or melancholic episodes, came across a few minor syntactic errors, which made him decide to turn the work down in his audit. Proust eventually arranged with the publisher Grasset to pay the cost of publication himself. When published it was advertised as the first of a three-volume novel (Bouillaguet and Rogers, 316-7). Du côté de chez Swann is divided into four parts: "Combray I" (sometimes referred to in English as the "Overture"), "Combray II," "Un Amour de Swann," and "Noms de pays: le nom." ('Names of places: the name'). A third-person novella within Du côté de chez Swann, "Un Amour de Swann" is sometimes published as a volume by itself. As it forms the self-contained story of Charles Swann's love affair with Odette de Crécy and is relatively short, it is generally considered a good introduction to the work and is often a set text in French schools. "Combray I" is also similarly excerpted; it ends with the famous madeleine cake episode, introducing the theme of involuntary memory. In early 1914, André Gide, who had been involved in NRF's rejection of the book, wrote to Proust to apologize and to offer congratulations on the novel. "For several days I have been unable to put your book down.... The rejection of this book will remain the most serious mistake ever made by the NRF and, since I bear the shame of being very much responsible for it, one of the most stinging and remorseful regrets of my life." - Summary b

Language:

English

Narrators:

Expatriate

Length:

19h 3m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

15:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

17:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

19:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

17:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

18:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

22:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

19:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

20:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

21:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

20:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

19:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

20:54


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

20:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

22:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

21:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

20:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

22:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

19:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

23:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

21:29


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

21:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

21:15


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

14:30


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

17:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

23:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

21:07


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

18:27


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

19:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

20:39