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  1. A few of my favorites. Proust, In Search of...

    A few of my favorites.

    Proust, In Search of Lost Time:

    "So, if I were given long enough to accomplish my work, I should not fail, even if the effect were to make them resemble monsters, to...
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    Poll: I'm late to the party. Fortunately two of my...

    I'm late to the party. Fortunately two of my votes are with the majority anyway, except Pasolini :sad:
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    Dante's language is fitted in appropriateness to...

    Dante's language is fitted in appropriateness to whatever he is describing; it's no accident. When describing the vile, repulsive, and vulgar acts (and their appropriate punishments) of the various...
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    People tend to be more struck, or moved, by great...

    People tend to be more struck, or moved, by great pathos, high emotional intensity usually associated with a fall. This applies in the contemporary world, where the average "consumer" definitely has...
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    Cheers; agreed. Honestly, it's simply a matter...

    Cheers; agreed.
    Honestly, it's simply a matter of what is most interesting to the reader. Personally, the overly sentimental, "cheap emotional", tugging-on-the-heart-strings-verse is rarely at all...
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    Admittedly, I only reread entire works of fiction...

    Admittedly, I only reread entire works of fiction from front to back on rare occasions, instead electing to dip in and out of various sections that I've marked down specially. The same goes for books...
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    A well structured plot, bringing together of the...

    A well structured plot, bringing together of the low and high (the prose of the tavern and the verse of the court), including some of Shakespeare's greatest characters.

    Whether it be Hal's...
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    1. Novel - Proust - In Search of Lost Time,...

    1. Novel - Proust - In Search of Lost Time, Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
    2. Novella - Voltaire - Candide
    3. Play - Shakespeare - Henry IV
    4. Non-Fiction - Wittgenstein - Tractatus...
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    I have the Penguin ed. of the Book of Disquiet...

    I have the Penguin ed. of the Book of Disquiet (translated by Richard Zenith, who also translates the Pessoa and co. poems).

    Though I prefer his poetry, Pessoa's book is definitely a worthwhile...
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    mayneverhave was my AIM name from early high...

    mayneverhave was my AIM name from early high school. I pulled it from a line of E.E. Cummings, who was my favorite poet at the time, and now I can't remember what poem it was even from, nor do I even...
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    I graduated last May with a dual major in English...

    I graduated last May with a dual major in English and Philosophy, and although I do enjoy have a BA, I do recognize that the vast majority of my reading has occured outside the classroom on my own...
  12. I'm sorry, but this argument is absolute rubbish....

    I'm sorry, but this argument is absolute rubbish.

    Not only is it a gross miscalculation to draw any conclusions about the flesh and blood author's genuine opinions from his writing, with a writer...
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    Are you looking for non-fiction or novels dealing...

    Are you looking for non-fiction or novels dealing with French social etiquette?

    For novels, Balzac, Flaubert, Proust are good choices.
  14. The problem is, however, that it is one thing to...

    The problem is, however, that it is one thing to make the claim that the quality of Proust, the classic status that the novel enjoys (though I wonder how many people are actually reading the entire...
  15. Charlus is perhaps the most fascinating character...

    Charlus is perhaps the most fascinating character in the entire novel and most certainly comes across as the second protagonist. The reader's first view of him is accompanying Odette Swann in Swann's...
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    Henry VII

    Henry VII
  17. Wilde was actually a friend of Proust's (and I...

    Wilde was actually a friend of Proust's (and I don't believe he was that kind of friend). Apparently Proust would throw soirees at his parents' house in Paris, and Wilde was slightly perturbed at...
  18. Obviously though, in order to get the gist of the...

    Obviously though, in order to get the gist of the novel, you have to traverse the entirety of it, as wonderful as Swann's Way indeed is (and for the longest time, it was the only volume I had read.)...
  19. There's no real reason to suspect that reading...

    There's no real reason to suspect that reading Proust is any more of a time sink than reading any other great author - this one just happens to have his masterpiece come in seven volume novel form,...
  20. [QUOTE=Mr.lucifer;1004116] Proust's lyrical...

    Proust's lyrical flights are pretty common in the first two volumes (especially the Combray section of Swann's Way and the Balbec section of Within a Budding Grove), almost always meditating on a...
  21. Don't worry, I chuckled.

    Don't worry, I chuckled.
  22. Syntactically complex of course, but rarely does...

    Syntactically complex of course, but rarely does it seem forced or affected. It rarely veers towards being too purple, although this seems a common criticism. Although my French is poor (and I don't...
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    I've nearly completed reading the 4,347 pages that make up the Modern Library edition of In Search of Lost Time (tr. Moncrieff, Kilmartin), and I've noticed that despite the relatively frequent name...
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    Perhaps check out Mann's Death in Venice for an...

    Perhaps check out Mann's Death in Venice for an example of an older man donning the trappings of youth to very ironic effect.
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    Haha. That's great. "and Gate B14 is in the F...

    Haha. That's great.

    "and Gate B14 is in the F terminal"
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