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Read & Download Du côté de chez Swann 104 L'expression roman fleuve devrait sans connotation péjorative désigner une œuvre ui prend le temps de charrier mille petites particules d'impression pour les infuser dans l'esprit d'un lecteur captivé En somme elle devrait avoir été créée pour désigner La Recherche proustienne ui s'ouvre Du côté de chez Swann et s'achève une fois Le Temps retrouvéDans le premier tome de ce superbe. At the hour when I usually went downstairs to find out what there was for dinnerI would stop by the table where the kitchen maid had shelled them to inspect the platoons of peas drawn up in ranks and numbered like little green marbles ready for a game but what most enraptured me were the asparagus tinged with ultramarine and pink which shaded their heads finely stippled in mauve and azure through a series of imperceptible gradations to their white feet still stained a little by the soil of their garden bed with an iridescence that was not of this world I felt that these celestial hues indicated the presence of exuisite creatures who had been pleased to assume vegetable form and who through the disguise of their firm comestible flesh allowed me to discern in this radiance of earliest dawn these hinted rainbows these blue evening shades that precious uality which I should recognize again when all night long after a dinner at which I had partaken of them they played lyrical and coarse in their jesting like one of Shakespeare s fairies at transforming my chamber pot into a vase of aromatic perfume The you look at asparagus the odder and wonderful they lookNow anyone can see beauty in the Pacific Ocean in the Rocky Mountains in the New York Skyline or in a Turkish spice market but not everyone looks at asparagus and sees beauty Proust looks at this unusual looking vegetable and sees so much than just his next meal He sees rainbows mythical creatures and an explosion of radiant colors He inhales their aroma as they exit his body as well Their final gift to his senses When we see an asparagus and see so much than just an asparagus life however small or however large becomes a kaleidoscope of adventure It is wise to see beauty in the smallest things Our narrator although I can not distinguish him from Proust so therefore I will continue to think of them as one and the same is a reader So much so that his parents have to insist that he do something in the fresh air before he buries himself in his books for the rest of the day Many of us can identify with that desire that indulgence if I may that would allow us to spend a day in bed reading Even the best jobs can not compete with the worlds to be experienced in books or for that matter with our favorite sheets our fluffy pillows and our washed a hundred times comforter I always returned with an unconfessed gluttony to wallow in the central glutinous insipid indigestible and fruity smell of the flowered bedspread He loves his momma In fact bedtime is one of his favorite points in the day where he waits with great anticipation for the moment when his mom slips in to kiss him goodnight He will even risk the ire of his father to elicit this kiss if he feels his mother is distracted by guests or may believe she can skip this all important much awaited brush of her lips to close the day Marcel Proust he loves his momma and there ain t nothing wrong with thatHe meets a girl Gilberte the daughter of Swann a man who drifts in and out of his family affairs A man who becomes an obsession of our narrator As he pursues the daughter he also pursues the story of her father Swann meets a woman named Odette de Crecy She in the beginning is much enad with him than he is with her She had struck Swann not certainly as being devoid of beauty but as endowed with a kind of beauty which left him indifferent which aroused in him no desire which gave him indeed a sort of physical repulsion as one of those women of whom all of us can cite examples different for each of us who are the converse of the type which our senses demand Swann looks at her the way we do when we are first analyzing a potential mate overcritical in a Seinfeldesue manner Her profile was too sharp her skin too delicate her cheekbones were too prominent her features too tightly drawn to be attractive to him Her eyes were beautiful but so large they seemed to droop beneath their own weight strained the rest of her face and always made her appear unwell or in a bad mood As they are thrown together at the same parties and Odette continues to pursue him his opinion of her changes although reluctantly He keeps a little seamstress as almost a counter weight to his relationship with Odette But Swann told himself that if he could make Odette feel by consenting to meet her only after dinner that there were only pleasures which he preferred to that of her company then the desire that she felt for his would be all the longer in reaching the point of satiety Besides as he infinitely preferred to Odette s style of beauty that of a young seamstress as fresh and plump as a rose with whom he was smitten he preferred to spend the first part of the evening with her knowing that he was sure to see Odette later on Swann begins to see her beauty differently and we the reader can start to feel the shift in affections Standing there beside him her loosened hair flowing down her cheeks bending one knee in a slightly balletic pose in order to be able to lean without effort over the picture at which she was gazing her head on one side with those great eyes of hers which seemed so tired and sullen when there was nothing to animate her she struck Swann by her resemblance to the figure of Zipporah Jethro s daughter which is to be seen in the Sistine frescoes Botticelli s ZipporahHe realizes that despite his best efforts he is falling in love with her or accurately of an ideal version of her His resistance has crumbled And it was Swann who before she allowed it as though in spite of herself to fall upon his lips held it back for a moment longer at a little distance between his hands He had wanted to leave time for his mind to catch up with him to recognize the dream which it had so long cherished and to assist at it s realization like a relative invited as a spectator when a prize is given to a child of whom she has been especially fond Perhaps too he was fixed upon the face of Odette not yet possessed nor even kissed by him which he was seeing for the last time the comprehensive gaze with which on the day of his departure a traveller hopes to bear away with him in memory a landscape he is leaving for ever Sigh Swann is in love It is really an interesting roller coaster that Proust takes us on with this relationship At first I felt that Swann was being rather unchivalrous with Odette and unduly harsh but then as Odette pursues him I start to feel like maybe his first reaction to her was the proper evaluation As he falls into pit after pit of jealousy both become mired in a relationship that probably never should have started As his passion increases her ardour for him cools He has turned a corner in the relationship that blocks his view of the road that would take him away from Odette And this malady which Swann s love had become had so proliferated was so closely interwoven with all his habits with all his actions with his thoughts his health his sleep his life even with what he hoped for after his death was so utterly inseparable from him that it would have been impossible to eradicate it without almost entirely destroying him as surgeons say his love was no longer operable In each of their gardens the moonlight copying the art of Hubert Robert scattered its broken staircases of white marble its fountains its iron gates tempting ajar All that was left of it was a column half shattered but preserving the beauty of a ruin which endures for all timeA character a friend of Swann s named Princesse des Laumes shows up in the later pages of the book and I wish she d had a bigger role I want to share a bit of conversation she has with a General about Mme de Cambremer Oh but Cambremer is a uite a good name old too protested the General I see no objection to its being old the Princess answered dryly but whatever else it is it s not euphonious she went on isolating the word euphonious as though between inverted commas a little affection to which the Guermantes set were addictedDo you hear just a bit of the Dowager Countess Lady Grantham in that exchange Swann finds himself unhappily happily in love he said to himself that people did not know when they were unhappy that one is never as happy as one thinks I will counter that to say that rarely are people aware of how happy they are either He may have been as happy as he was ever going to be when he was cuddling with his seamstress Our narrator sees Odette long after all the negotiations passions and pain have passed with her relationship with Swann I doffed my hat to her with so lavish so prolonged a gesture that she could not repress a smile People laughed As for her she had never seen me with Gilberte she did not know my name but I was for her like one of the keepers in the Bois or the boatman or the ducks on the lake to which she threw scraps of bread one of the minor personages familiar nameless as devoid of individual character as a stage hand in a theatre of her daily walks in the Bois There are those books that once finished inspire the reader to turn back to the first page and start again This is one of those books for me It does not feel like a 600 novel Once you are sucked into the story which for different readers begins at different points the pages will seem to fly by I finished this in the midst of the recent snowstorm in Kansas City The blizzard provided the proper isolation for me to devote my total attention to the final 200 pages If you are finding Proust difficult I might suggest starting with the section called Swann in Love I know odd to think of reading a book out of order but this is one of the few books that you actually can If you enjoy that section then you can go back and read the rest after all at that point as they say in poker you are pot committed I may still be in a Proust glow but I must say for me this fits the bill of a masterpiece I m in awe of the Proustian insights into human behavior and his uniue and inspiring way to see the world around us More Proust please

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Read & Download Du côté de chez Swann 104 Travail sur la mémoire et la métaphore œuvre à part entière mais aussi amorce dramatiue d'un joyau de la langue française le narrateur s'aperçoit fortuitement à l'occasion d'un goûter composé d'une tasse de thé et d'une madeleine désormais célèbre ue les sens ont la faculté de faire ressurgir le souvenir Grâce aux senteurs d'un buisson d'aubépines il prend confusément consci. Childhood ExpectationsThe Delphic maxim Nosce te ipsum Know thyself is the motivating force not only of Western philosophy and Christian theology but of much of Western literature All of the volumes of In Search of Lost Time are an experiment in self understanding an experiment which incorporates something that is left out of much of modern science particularly psychological science namely the concept of purposefulness Purposefulness is the capacity to consider purpose rather than the adoption of any specific purpose It is a concept which is difficult to grasp and to live with since it easily deteriorates into some specific purpose through the sheer frustration with the unsettlement it provokes The most startling characteristic of Swann s Way is Proust s dogged refusal to subvert purposefulness to purposeAbout 20 years ago I was asked to give a speech at a meeting of the Italian Bankers Association At the dinner afterwards I was seated next to the chairman of the Banco Agricultura a charming man of approximately seventy who as many Italian businessmen had a very different social manner than most Northern Europeans Instead of spending ten minutes on pleasantries leading to a serious business conversation the chairman reversed conventional priorities after ten minutes of business oriented chit chat he signalled an end to that portion of our conversation with the line You know I think Freud had it entirely wrong A bit taken aback but intrigued by his change of tack I asked how so According to Freud we all go through traumas when we are young that we have to live through for the rest of our lives He replied and continued My experience is completely different I believe that we all make fundamental decisions about ourselves that we try to live up to for the rest of our lives He then went on to explain how he a scientist by training had ended up in banking as the correct expression of his childhood decisionClearly only the very rare and probably incipiently psychotic child would be able to take a such a decision about himself to become a banker So I was somewhat sceptical about the chairman s rationale until I watched an instalment of the British ITV programme originally entitled 7 Plus See postscript below the final instalment is nigh This programme followed the lives of a dozen or so Britons beginning at age seven at subseuent intervals of seven years to my uncertain knowledge the next instalment should capture them at age 63 In the early years the children are clearly both inexperienced and inarticulate as would be expected Yet they make statements which are also clearly reflective of their later experienced and articulate selves Some are uncanny a seven year old Yorkshire lad herding cattle in his remote family farm asked by the interviewer what he wants to do when he grows up replies I want to know everything about het moon By his mid thirties he had become a prominent astrophysicist The association between most childhood statements and life outcomes are far subtle than this but almost all correlate to such a degree that one can match young to old merely on the basis of what the children and adults say and do rather than their physical statesThe ITV programme is obviously anecdotal rather than scientific but I nevertheless I find it compelling Alfred Whitehead observed that we are all born either Platonists or Aristotelians As with religious faith we cannot verify either position except by adopting it Confirming evidence flows from the choice not vice versa Proust knows thisThe facts of life do not penetrate to the sphere in which our beliefs are cherished they did not engender those beliefs and they are powerless to destroy them they can inflict on them continual blows of contradictions and disproof without weakening them and an avalanche of miseries and maladies succeeding one another without interruption in the bosom of a family will not make it lose its faith in either the clemency of its God or the capacity of its physicianSo where do these beliefs not just Platonic and Aristotelian but all important beliefs particularly about purpose come from Do we actually decide these beliefs in some sort of analysis and process of verification as rationalists suggest is rational Or do they emerge incrementally from our actual experience in the world shaping us through an appreciation of the facts as empiricists insist Is anyone really driving the bus at allFor Proust the impetus to action is vague and ambiguous intention not specific causal stimulus not even the future cause of a defined purpose his cosmos is Platonic and idealistic rather than Aristotelian and material his theology is that of a Bonaventure who finds infinite significance in small things not of a Thomas Auinas who looks to the cosmos for confirmation of the divine for him the mind is better described by Jungian archetypes than Freudian phobias There is also a profound twist in Proust s apparent modernism His intense romantic self consciousness the drive to understand oneself through feelings leads to something unexpected and very post modern the recognition that the unconscious is indistinguishable from reality a reality which is created The realm of the particular and individual those parts of the world with proper names like cities and people can t be pinned down We can t be sure where things begin and end including ourselves Our inability to distinguish the particular Kantian thing in itself from what we think of it can even make us ill as Marcel discovers in the book s final part Even profoundly the Self our consciousness combined with this reality is indistinguishable from God As God is infinite and infinitely beyond our ability to understand so too the Self That the Self is inherently unknowable except as a direction of search is a conclusion he reaches again and again in Swann s Way Every feeling is traced through memory until memory merely points further without a material reference When memory stops at objects without recognising the transcendent reality Marcel finds himself in errorNo doubt by virtue of having permanently and indissolubly united so many different impressions in my mind simply because they made me experience them at the same time the Meseglise and Guermantes ways left me exposed in later life to much disillusionment and even to many mistakes For often I have wished to see a person again without realising that it was simply because that person recalled to me a hedge of hawthorne in blossomThis is also the eponymous Swann s fate In attaching the signs of an emotionally moving indeed transformative musical phrase authored significantly by a resident not of Swann s Way but the other path the Guermantes Way in Combray and a female figure in a Botticelli painting Botticelli shared with Swann an ambivalence about commitment in relationship to the person of Odette Swann creates a false reality The music indicates a distant ideal Swann regardsmusical motifs as actual ideas of another world of another order ideas veiled in shadow unknown impenetrable to the human mind but none the less perfectly distinct from one another uneual among themselves in value and significanceHis compulsion to fill the void between these aesthetic ideals which he recognises as divine and his concrete situation with whatever is at hand is overpowering The result is an apparently disastrous confusion and self imposed delusion Swann emerges in Proust s text as an avatar of Saint Augustine knowing that he is over valuing the object of his desire yet unwilling to cease digging the spiritual pit in which he finds himself The second half of the book which is entirely third party narrative uses this tale of destruction as a sort of case study of the theory developed in the first which is entirely introspective and associative There are constant reminders throughout that the map which indicates the direction toward the ideal is not its territory On a short coach trip during childhood with the local doctor for example Marcel recalls the comforting sight of three village church steeples Why are they comforting The scene is pastoral at sunset but minutely crafted analysis gives no clear reason for either the importance of the memory or the intensity of the feeling Nevertheless there is something there just out of sight obscurely attractive just beyond the steeples It is what lies beyond behind this image that is the source of its power His imagery of women is similarly and explicitly archetypal Sometimes in the afternoon sky the moon would creep up white as a cloud furtive lustreless suggesting an ancient actress who does not have to come on for a while and watches the rest of the company for a moment from the auditorium in her ordinary clothes keeping in the background not wishing to attract attention to herselfOften he presents the naked image leaving it without comment except that he considers it significant enough to write about The evocation simply echoes in this exampleHere and there in the distance in a landscape which in the failing light and saturated atmosphere resembled a seascape rather a few solitary houses clinging to the lower slopes of a hill plunged in watery darkness shone out like little boats which have folded their sails and ride at anchor all night upon the seaProust often uses grammar to make his point about the obscure reality of these strange attractors as they are called in the modern theory of chaos In describing a meadow by the River Vivonne in CombrayFor the buttercups grew past numbering in this spot where they had chosen for their games among the grass standing singly in couples in whole companies yellow as the yolk of eggs and glowing with an added lustre I felt because being powerless to consummate with my palate the pleasures which the sight of them never failed to give me I would let it accumulate as my eyes ranged over their golden expanse until it became potent enough to produce an effect of absolute purposeless beauty and so it had been from my earliest childhood when from the towpath I had stretched out my arms towards them before I could even properly spell their charming name a name fit for the Prince in some fairy tale immigrants perhaps from Asia centuries ago but naturalised now for ever in the village satisfied with their modest horizon rejoicing in the sunshine and the water s edge faithful to their little glimpse of the railway station yet keeping none the less like some of our old paintings in their plebeian simplicity a poetic scintillation from the golden EastThe sheer length and complexity of the sentence combined with the ambiguity of the referents of many of the pronouns and the allusions to a mysterious Asian past are components of his monumental experiment to express that which is just beyond the reach of expression Its density is poetic but it is not poetry It is a new genre In it Proust makes the search for the Platonic ideal visible by subverting literary habits but no so much as to make the text incomprehensibleLife then for Marcel is a search in which habits may provide comfort security and facile communication peace even but inhibit discovery of what one is By simply accepting our habitual responses to events as obvious or inevitable we short circuit the investigation of why and how they should be as they are In particular this applies to habits of thought methods if you will our ways of dealing with the emotional world There is no essential method not just for psychology but for thought in general Both the Meseglise Way and the Guermantes Way are essential to one s formation to use a term from religious development Proust s implicit proposal is that there is an emotional epistemology which is the heart of human purposefulness but that this epistemology excludes nothing It sweeps in everything it can using every approach it can imagineProust s implicit contention is that what is important in adult life is decided in early conscious life which adult life then induces us to make unconscious thus confirming the chairman of the Banco Agricultural and Freud of whom Proust was ignorant as well as the producers of ITV But like the chairman and unlike Freud Proust appreciated this as a positive necessity For him human beings are creative idealists who become oriented to a certain configuration of not just how the world is but how it ought to be Appreciating the source of this phenomenon is what he is about Proust s therapy is not Freudian since he seeks neither to neutralise the motivational effect of childhood ideals nor to subject these ideals to some sort of choice His intention is to further articulate and explore what the ideals might be indeed what we might be behind the veil of appearances The ideals created in childhood are after all as the chairman said what we actually are But the ITV children suggest contrary to the chairman s opinion that these ideals are not deterministic There are any number perhaps an infinite number of ways through which ideals may be interpreted and approached Only afterwards can the creativity of the individual be discerned This is the domain of choice and learning Nosce te ipsum does not imply therefore an analytic understanding of one s desires But without some sort of reflective assessment these desires feelings aversions remain unappreciated as does conseuently the Self in which they occur and which they constitute These desires are created in youth not as specific neurotic fixations but as memories and responses to a vague inarticulate presence essence perhaps which is just behind just beyond what we perceive and what we can express This knowledge is essential because without it we are liable to pursue ineffective paths but it is also useless because it will bring us no closer to the real content of the ideal Neither the past nor the Self can ever be found or recovered houses roads avenues are as fugitive alas as the years But they can be appreciated Worldly desires those conventions of society are forceful but sterile once achieved love social position power wealth and do not really create that which ought to be because that which ought to be is irretrievable For Proust as for Augustine each of us is a Citizen Kane pursuing an ideal we can know only faintly often through inappropriate means The Rosebud is our uniue possession or properly a sign to its hidden meaning and it is the only possession we needIn his 1651 publication of The Leviathan Thomas Hobbes makes an intentional mistranslation of Nosce te ipsum Read thyself is how he prefers the classic maxim in English When we read we are forced to interpret to bring ourselves into the text When our interpretation becomes a text which it must if it is articulated that too is subject to interpretation And so on ad infinitum As the philosopher Richard Rorty famously uipped it s interpretation all the way down There is no terminal point of truth in a text nor is there a true Self just as there is no foundation in terms of first principles for thought The post modern position reckons our job as one of permanent interpretation an un ending search for the truth about the world as well as ourselves Hobbes had the insight that we are texts to be read and interpreted Proust demonstrates how this is done The fact that the horizon recedes at the same pace as it is approached doesn t invalidate the task Goal orientation according to psychologists therapists and management consultants is a desirable human trait This is demonstrably false Goal orientation is a neurosis involving the fixation of purpose regardless of conseuences It implies a wilful rejection of the possibility of learning through experienceThe most vital experience is not about learning how to do something techniue but learning about what is important to do value Loyalty to purpose is a betrayal of purposefulness of what constitutes being human This is a prevailing poison in modern society Proust understood this toxin and without even giving it a name formulated the cure This for me is the real value of Swann s WayPostscript 26May19

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Read & Download Du côté de chez Swann 104 Ence de la distinction entre le souvenir et la réminiscence pour ensuite s'exercer à manier les mots comme de petits papiers japonais ui touchés par la grâce de l'eau se déploient en corolle pour faire place à tout un univers Tout comme se déploie un roman fleuve à partir de cette toute petite phrase légendaire « Longtemps je me suis couché de bonne heure » Sana Tang Léopold Waute. Memory is a slippery little sucker It constitutes an elusive transient cache of data the reliability of which decreases in reverse proportion to the length of time it has been stored It can even be a blatant liar How often have we found ourselves convinced of the details a particular memory only to have those details called into uestion by some testimony or other of which we have been made newly aware It is almost frightening how uickly and naturally the bytes of our mind can be removed and supplanted by ones convenient ones designed to soothe our psyche thereby allowing us to live at peace with ourselvesMarcel Proust was not a psychologist but he may as well have been what with his ridiculous understanding the kids are using the word ridiculous to mean like way amazing these days of the fluidity of memory and specifically of involuntary memory which may or may not be any reliable than that which is conjured consciously Though we believe a person or a place from our past remains stationary in our idea of them while its true life counterpart adapts and progresses Proust shows us how memory can have a life of its own as well And yet when his narrator bites into that famous piece of sponge cake and transports us back to the days of his French childhood we go willingly not hesitating to uestion the accuracy or the validity of his musings Because it doesn t matter When in Proust s world it is the remarks on human nature and memory and social customs and relationships and whatever else comes with that trip that makes it so worthwhileThe best part of Swann s Way by far is the intricate portrayal from beginning to end view spoilerbut evidently not really the end hide spoiler

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