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Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is now generally viewed as the greatest French novelist and perhaps the greatest European novelist of the 20th century.
In this fourth volume of his epic, Remembrance of Things Past, Proust examines and explores homosexuality in early 20th-century French society. While self-identified as a homosexual, Proust was always careful to define his narrator (and alter ego) in his writings as a heterosexual observer. Still, his great interest, compassion, and understanding of the double-faced lifestyle required of homosexuals of his milieu are beautifully detailed here. Neville Jason, well known for interpreting previous Proust recordings, is once again reading from the 1922 Scott Moncrieff translation. VERDICT Although this program is well done, why not record the newer and well-received John Sturrock translation for a different take on the story? Recommended for individuals interested in early 20th-century classic fiction with a lot of time to listen.-I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Technical Coll., Boone, IA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"The thing about Proust is his combination of the utmost sensibility with the utmost tenacity. He searches out these butterfly shades to the last grain."--Virginia Woolf Poetic, even transcendant . . . John Sturrock is pitch-perfecta] equally at home with its intimacies and its bitter comedy. (Frank Wynne, "The Irish Times")