Within a Budding Grove, Part 1 is the second volume of Proust's monumental, seven volume, quasi-autobiographical novel Remembrance of Things Past, which has been described as "one of the greatest works of imagination of all time." As the young narrator succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, the author presents us with an unparalleled account of the pangs of adolescent love. Proust has created from the raw material of his life a work of art of unsurpassed originality, filled with his own uniquely sensitive and subtle spirit.
The literary critic Harold Bloom wrote that Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time is "widely recognized as the major novel of the 20th century". It is also one of the least read due to its great, great length. For a listener interested in delving into the universe that is Proust, Within a Budding Grove might be a nice place to start.
Performed by the award-winning voice artist Neville Jason, in an articulate British dialect, Within a Budding Grove is the second installment of In Search of Lost Time, and the first to bring its author widespread acclaim. Here Proust focuses on the narrator’s memories of his adolescence, particularly his fascination with Albertine, a young girl in the fictional seaside town of Balbec, France.
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