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I don't know why people have rated this so low; it's an excellent intro to the life and work of Proust, one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century. I have read Proust both in English and in French, as well as several biographies, and this audiobook (it was conceived for audio, and there is no paper edition) is certain to give enough information for the casual reader. In addition, its use of music helps enlighten listeners about the music that was important in Proust's oeuvre.
Good job, Naxos.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
I knew zero about Marcel Proust prior to listening to this audio book. His name seems to come up frequently in my circle of interest and and I was curious. I listen for pleasure and didn't want to invest in a 7 book literary masterpiece if it was dry and dated. I decided I would investigate the author before venturing onto the work. Glad I did - decided to give book 1 (Swann's way) a try.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Life and Work of Marcel Proust to be better than the print version?
Don't know - haven't read it.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I particularly appreciated the way in which he links the characters in 'Remembrance of Things Past' to the real people and events of Proust's life.
What about Neville Jason’s performance did you like?
I know him as a consummate reader of Proust's 'Remembrance of Things Past' (or 'In Search of Lost Time'). He exudes the sensitivity, sensuality, warmth and humanity that I imagine Proust to have had. He always makes sense of the words, quite a feat with some of those long, convoluted sentences. He can actually speak French, too, so no cringing at awful pronunciation as with some readings. This book shows how deeply he has researched the author and how much he loves the work.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The story of Marcel Proust is sad, but triumphant.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A remarkable tour de force. A difficult and complex subject treated with such gentle awareness. I would recommend this audio book unreservedly.