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Proust: The Guermantes Way Chapter 1

The aristocrats - captivating, calculating, and decadent - find themselves swept in the irreversible winds of history and slowly becoming blown away into irrelevance.  But the Guermantes are drawn to the world of the artist who transcends history and lives on above the vicissitudes of social upheavals.  As the novel progresses, art will become the new immortality, the new divinity as Marcel reveals that neither power, nor money, nor ancestry are immune to decay. 

Everything is contingent, art is eternal.




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  • Rick O.

    when's the next meet?

    March 13, 2014

    • Josefina

      I've been thinking the same thing...We should do first week of April.

      March 13, 2014

    • Three S.

      Agreed

      March 13, 2014

  • Nathan

    I am unable to attend this meeting because work obligations constrained my ability to read the first chapter of the next volume. I'll catch up on the reading and see you all at next meeting.

    March 8, 2014

    • Rick O.

      Nathan - sorry you can't make it. Remember - you don't have to read it to attend (kinda helps, though). See you next time.

      March 8, 2014

  • Rick O.

    Hands down my favorite section this month is the part dealing with "the ever infuriated servants of the Mystery, the umbrageous priestesses of the Invisible, the Young Ladies of the Telephone."

    Never again shall I use the dead term "electricity" in speech. If others can't see understand "Danaids of the Unseen" that is their limitation, not mine.

    Have to admit, though, that the two pages of 'grandmother has her temperature taken' is a mighty strong second.

    (ps - nice to see new names - look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow)

    (pps - where did the phrase 'hands down' come from?)

    2 · March 7, 2014

  • Three S.

    I finished it! I read ALL THE WORDS!

    1 · March 7, 2014

    • Rick O.

      what's your favorite part?

      March 7, 2014

    • Three S.

      To be honest this was not my favorite volume. Not much of it stood out for me - Grandmother's voice on the phone, walking in the dark past lamp lit windows, dinner at St. Loup's hotel, the pear trees. Least favorite: The 9000 years he spent at Mme de Villiparisis's

      1 · March 7, 2014

  • Rick O.

    Art gives birth to truth

    January 22, 2014

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