Time Regained – post I

At last we start the final volume of Marcel Proust‘s Remembrance of Things Past with I’m afraid a very low number of pages read. Apologies for that hopefully will be back on track tomorrow.

Bullet points between pages 708 – 743

* Marcel is back in Combray, where the saga started, being friends with Gilberte and trying to get on with the changing Saint-Loup who is almost unrecognisable to his friend since becoming a homosexual

* He finds an unpublished book that describes an evening at the Verdurin’s and as a result loses faith in his ability to ever become a writer and then dramatically concludes he will not make in the world of literature and that coincides with an illness that forces him into hospital

* He only comes out of the sanatorium in 1916 with the war in full flow and for the first time since the book started there is a reference to an external event that is actually live, rather than the Dreyfus case which had happened in the past

We wait to see tomorrow how Marcel will fit into a war torn Paris…

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