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Swann's Way (Version 2)

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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 by Wikipedia (edited by Expatriate) (19 hr 2 min)

Chapters

Overture, Section 01

15:19

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Overture, Section 02

18:22

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Overture, Section 03

17:07

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Overture, Section 04

15:47

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Overture, Section 05

17:59

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Overture, Section 06

16:37

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Overture, Section 07

18:13

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Combray, Section 01

17:40

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Combray, Section 02

19:24

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Combray, Section 03

16:41

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Combray, Section 04

18:25

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Combray, Section 05

17:37

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Combray, Section 06

16:45

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Combray, Section 06

17:16

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Combray, Section 07

17:20

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Combray, Section 08

19:22

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Combray, Section 09

18:59

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Combray, Section 10

17:57

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Combray, Section 11

18:31

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Combray, Section 12

19:36

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Combray, Section 13

18:43

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Combray, Section 14

20:08

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Combray, Section 15

18:42

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Combray, Section 16

18:20

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Combray, Section 17

17:35

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Combray, Section 18

19:06

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Combray, Section 19

19:16

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Combray, Section 20

14:13

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Swann in Love, Section 01

16:34

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Swann in Love, Section 02

19:25

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Swann in Love, Section 03

17:20

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Swann in Love, Section 04

18:41

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Swann in Love, Section 05

19:03

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Swann in Love, Section 06

19:27

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Swann in Love, Section 07

18:18

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Swann in Love, Section 08

22:38

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Swann in Love, Section 09

19:31

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Swann in Love, Section 10

20:43

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Swann in Love, Section 11

17:46

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Swann in Love, Section 12

21:52

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Swann in Love, Section 13

20:43

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Swann in Love, Section 14

19:13

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Swann in Love, Section 15

20:53

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Swann in Love, Section 16

20:05

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Swann in Love, Section 17

22:15

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Swann in Love, Section 18

21:49

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Swann in Love, Section 19

20:00

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Swann in Love, Section 20

22:23

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Swann in Love, Section 21

19:28

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Swann in Love, Section 22

23:51

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Swann in Love, Section 23

21:28

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Swann in Love, Section 24

21:51

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Swann in Love, Section 25

21:14

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Swann in Love, Section 26

14:29

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Place Names: The Name, Section 01

17:18

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Place Names: The Name, Section 02

23:14

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Place Names: The Name, Section 03

21:06

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Place Names: The Name, Section 04

18:26

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Place Names: The Name, Section 05

19:48

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Place Names: The Name, Section 06

20:38

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Bewertungen

(5 Sterne)

This book is rated amongst the best ever for good reason. It is dreamy and musing and enters into the mind and inner world like nothing I've read. It goes deeply into the realm of memory as well. It is entrancing and poetic and beautiful. Thank you for this reading.

(4 Sterne)

such a good story, very well read. French pronunciation a little rough.