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Finishing up The Prisoner and The Fugitive

I've had a real couple of shocks in the last day or two of reading (I'm at page 624, only 34 more to go). I'll summarize a bit by saying .... his love for Albertine is really and truly dead. The narrator has been in Venice, and I've really been loving reading about it - it's some of the best writing in the entire book, and there's been a fair amount of social comedy, such as this bit from last night, when it was discovered that "the tailor's daughter" is going to marry some poor nobleman:
Mom: It is virtue rewarded! It's a marriage from the end of a novel by Georges Sand!
Son (to himself): It's the wages of sin, it's the marriage from the end of a novel by Balzac!

So the home stretch is in view, and I will be needing Finding Time Again pretty soon, though I appear to have missed out on my chance of getting a hardback copy. Silly me. I should probably get up to snuff and read Madame Bovary and jump on the Bibliogoth bandwagon, but I think I will not be able to get through that book before the end of the month as Proust must be completed first.

Ooh, another Proust blogger! (Isn't it odd to think that someone could be so crazy in love with someone and not bother going to their funeral or to see their grave? It did make me wonder.)

Today: Hairspray and fretting about my work permit.

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emmarytz
Jul. 9th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
EEEEEK! DON'T READ MY PREVIOUS "DRIVE BY" COMMENT!
I need to find time and focus to respond to your earlier stuff properly but for now I say that I broke down and ordered the final volume from amazon.co.uk last night. Shipping is as much as the cost of the book but they have it in stock and royal air mail is usually pretty damned fast reaching Seattle. Before I start it, however, I have most of I, Claudius to get through. -em.
webcowgirl
Jul. 9th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Re: EEEEEK! DON'T READ MY PREVIOUS "DRIVE BY" COMMENT!
Arrgh, I am going to try to not to read your comment, though now it's driving me mad! Does it make any difference if I tell you I've already got to the end of the Venice trip and I know all about the Albertine/Gilberte thing?
emmarytz
Jul. 9th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Phew
It does. The deleted comment was the same as the one posted except for the ps. "Hey, how about Albertine's telegram!" And then I looked at your post again and it seemed you were still in Venice... Why, by the way, are you so wild about Venice? I've never been but I thought Florence was awfully nice. -em.
webcowgirl
Jul. 9th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Phew
I did read about the telegram, it made me start laughing out loud. And then I got to the part where he got the OTHER telegram, on the train out of Venice.

Gosh, Venice ... no cars, beautiful everywhere, I could go on and on! The light really is different there and the history weighs on you heavily.
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