In this part the narrator introduces us to a great deal of new characters, as well as a small reunion of sorts with Swann and Albertine.
I say: I’m not quite sure what to say about this volume because there were instances of absolute perfection, and others that bored me to tears – most specifically all the parts concerning the Dreyfus Affair – that I simply wanted to skip as I don’t think they really provided anything to the story. Although I do understand that the Dreyfus Affair was a very big deal at the time, I still wish that Proust had refrained from giving such detailed descriptions/conversations about it; it would have sufficed to let us know who was a Dreyfusard and not.
Pretty much meaning who was for the Jews and who was an anti-Semite.
It was interesting because that was a part of French history that I knew nothing about (not that I know that much about French history) apart from Émile Zola’s part in it, and I have looked further into it since then.
The narrator started to annoy me quite a bit in this volume due to his obsession with Mme de Guermantes. He had spoken of her prior, but to be honest, I don’t see any reason to his infatuation. Particularly, I didn’t like the way he went about to meet her; using Saint-Loup the way he did. I understand that a young man will do anything to get close to the object of his desire, but in a way I thought more of him, probably due to his sensitive nature.
But later on he proved to be nothing more than a horny boy, so boo on me for my high opinion.
anything the story I am still in love with Proust’s writing, and falling deeper the more I read. I have realised now that I am taking my time with this story because I simply don’t want it to end – not to mention the fact that the next volume, Sodom and Gomorrah, is the last one that Proust actually finished revising himself.
Having said all that, I think that volume four is going to be the best one yet, and not simply because my suspicions of Charlus have been confirmed, but because of the title; Sodom and Gomorrah.
I can’t wait.
*This is my fifteenth entry in The Classic Bribe Challenge (which is an additional incentive for me to work on my Classics Challenge that’s been going on for a tad too long).