1928. Introduction by Lewis Galantiere. Swann's Way is the first volume of Proust's life work, Remembrance of Things Past. Independently it is a unique and stimulating novel, but in a larger sense, it is an overture to a magnificent symphony, announcing its theme and mood and bringing into being its empire and notable character creations. The narrator is presumably the young Marcel Proust who divides his recollections between his boyhood at his family's country house at Combray and his parents' friend Charles Swann, an art connoisseur. In fact, the path that passes Swann's house, being one of two ways the narrator's family likes to take when they go for walks, gives the book its title. Proust uses the theme of unrequited love to draw a parallel between his young narrator's infatuation with Swann's red-haired daughter Gilberte and Swann's turbulent affair with a woman named Odette de Crecy. Proust's elegant prose makes this a classic work of art.
What people are saying - Write a review
In Search of Lost Time: Swann's WayUser Review - Lara Jacobs - Book Verdict
Eminent Proust (1871–1922) biographer and scholar Carter (Marcel Proust: A Life; Proust in Love) has attempted an unprecedented and laudable intellectual feat with his annotation of Swann's Way, the ... Read full review
Swann's wayUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
"For a long time, I went to bed early" in order to enjoy the manifold pleasures of reading Davis's excellent new translation of Swann's Way. In October 2002, Penguin's "Modern Classics" series ... Read full review