Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維 (webcowgirl) wrote,
Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維

I haven't been posting about Proust!

Right, so, I'm making some progress with Proust v. 3 ("The Guermantes Way"), though it's also suffering from being a big heavy book (597 pages) and thus gets displaced by The Battle of Evernight, Incompetence, and Death Masks (of the Dresden Files series) when I'm looking for "light" reading (rather than carrying two books all of the time). I'm only on page 74, which seems to be just a drop in the bucket. It's still gorgeous reading, though (per page 64, where he's discussing how his servant would be sweet and mild to his face, then slander him to the rest of the staff):

"And thus it was she who first gave me the idea that people do not, as I had imagined, present themselves to us clearly and in fixity with their merits, their plans, their intentions in regard to ourselves [...] but as a shadow we can never penetrate, of which there can be no direct knowledge, about which we form countless beliefs based upon words and even actions, neither of which give us more than insufficient and in fact contradictory information, a shadow which we can alternately imagine, with equal justification, as masking the burning flame of hatred and love."

Hmm, shadowdaddy took a picture of me with a book that was a foot deep to use as a Proust icon ... I should ask him to get that uploaded!
Tags: guermantes way, proust

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