Here is an illuminating overture to the defining work of French modernism and one of the major classics of the twentieth century. Prousts epic examination of the subtleties of human existence in the modern world is a gargantuan composition, spanning seven volumes. Neville Jason, the internationally-acclaimed reader of the extended abridgement of Remembrance of Things Past, produces this useful introduction, bringing clarity to the intricacy of Prousts meditations, and enabling the listener to appreciate their perceptiveness afresh. Jason highlights the key passages, introducing them succinctly, so that listeners gain an understanding of the main characters, themes and plot, as well as an appreciation for the depth and beauty of this great work.
One of the great works of Western literature, now in the new definitive French Pleiade edition translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin. Volume one includes SWANN'S WAY and WITHIN A BUDDING GROVE.
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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. Jason's rendering of male voices is excellent, in particular his matchless portrayal of the Baron de Charlus, but in depicting females and underlings he can be a bit stagy. The abridgment itself is excellent, matching in outline Proust's own strategy of broad sweeps and lingering exactitudes. The bridge-synopses are clear, to the point, and distinctive from the text, and the individual passages are well chosen. 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. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine