Marcel Proust's search for lost time - Patrick Alexander



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Marcel Proust's search for lost time - a reader's guide to Remembrance of things past
Patrick Alexander
Paperback / softback
Vintage Books
UK Publication Date

An accessible, irreverent guide to one of the most admired-and entertaining-novels
of the past century: Rememberance of Things Past. There is no other guide like this; a user-friendly and enticing
entry into the marvelously enjoyable world of Proust.

At seven volumes, three thousand
pages, and more than four hundred characters, as well as a towering reputation as
a literary classic, Proust's novel can seem daunting. But though begun a century
ago, in 1909, it is in fact as engaging and relevant to our times as ever. Patrick
Alexander is passionate about Proust's genius and appeal-he calls the work "outrageously
bawdy and extremely funny"-and in his guide he makes it more accessible to the general
reader through detailed plot summaries, historical and cultural background, a guide
to the fifty most important characters, maps, family trees, illustrations, and a
brief biography of Proust. Essential for readers and book groups currently reading
Proust and who want help keeping track of the huge cast and intricate plot, this
Reader's Guide is also a wonderful introduction for students and new readers and
a memory-refresher for long-time fans.

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Patrick Alexander moved to France in the early 1970s after graduating with a degree in literature from Sussex University in England. In France, he raised a family and embarked on a lifelong love affair with French literature. Throughout a professional career as an internatinal corporate executive traveling all over the world, Alexander's fascination with the works of Marcel Proust continued to grow. While a director at the Unviersity of Miami from 2001 to 2007, he organized a Proustian reading group, and he continues to be a regular contributor to an international Proustian forum. Alexander retired from the university in 2007 in order to work full-time on Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time.

1st Vintage Books Edition
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages

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