©Marcel Proust; (P)1992 Harper Collins UK
"If you've never got round to reading this famous philosophical Frenchman, Simon Callow's lively narration is an excellent introduction to Proust." (Daily Mail)
I struggled through the first book but persisted with the idea that so many great minds could not be wrong and to fail at such an easy way to "read" such a great book would reflect badly on my intellect.
By the second book I was hooked. By the last book I wished there were more although it did end properly and neatly. A year later I still wish I had more Proust to read and might have to start again at the beginning.
Undoubtably the narrator made it easier as he was marvelous.
Proust has definitely enriched my life and changed the way I consider things for the better.
This is probably the best read audiobook performance I've yet heard. The only thing that runs it close is Elliot Gould's readings of Raymond Chandler. As for the book itself, well, it's Proust. Just the first book of Montcrieff's translation. Proust and Montcrieff - the latter especially - are out of fashion, but Callow's performance... well, it doesn't bring it up to date, but it revels in the slight stuffiness, the starched awkward beauty of the prose. It fits. He makes it fit.
If you've been wondering about Proust, this is a great way to experience his work.
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