What we're about

The mission of this group is to closely read Marcel Proust's masterpiece: In Search of Lost Time [ISOLT, nee Remembrance of Things Past] and discuss our reading together via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once back in-person, we'll meet over coffee/tea and pastry in Westwood Village (Los Angeles). We currently offer a separate group reading the text in the original language.

In the hiatus before our sixth journey through ISOLT in English, consider these opportunities for growth through discussion of great literature via Zoom:

• Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu: https://www.meetup.com/proust/

• Classics from the Western Canon: https://www.meetup.com/LetsReadClassics/

• Classics in Philosophy: https://www.meetup.com/History-of-Ideas/

We take 15-18 months to read the seven novels comprising ISOLT only reading as much as we can thoughtfully discuss during our two-hour, bi-weekly Meetups. We may have guest Proustian scholars attend our meetings. In June 2020, we completed our fifth cycle through

In Search of Lost Time

. Our sixth cycle will begin in June 2021 -the tenth anniversary of the founding of our group.

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HISTORY

A sub-set of veteran Proust readers branched off in 2013 to read other challenging texts: Joyce's Ulysses, Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury; Mann's The Magic Mountain and Tolstoy's War and Peace in 2014; and Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, Woolf's To the Lighthouse, Sterne's Tristam Shandy, Eliot's Middlemarch, Dante's Inferno Don Quixote, Homer's Odyssey and, again, Joyce's Ulysses in 2015-16. In 2016 we added a third sub-group meeting at noon Sundays and have read Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Milton's Paradise Lost, Melville's Moby-Dick and Becket's Novel Trilogy. In 2019, we consolidated all non-Proust groups into a separate Meetup called "Let's Read! -Classics from the Western Canon [ https://www.meetup.com/LetsReadClassics/ ] Join both to sail the canon while soaring with Proust.

Join any or all sub-groups for the single annual membership fee!

Here is a Complete List of our group's literary explorations 2011-19 [Attendees]:

• Proust Cycle I: July 2011 [6] to February 2013 [8]

• Proust Cycle II: February 2013 [8] to May 2014 [7]

• Joyce, Ulysses: March 2013 [5] to August 2013 [2]

• Faulkner, The Sound and The Fury: September 2013 [4] to October 2013 [3]

• Faulkner, A Light in August: November 2013 [4] to December 2013 [4]

• Mann, The Magic Mountain: January 2014 [7] to May 2014 [3]

• Tolstoy, War and Peace: June 2014 [6] to November 2014 [5]

• Flaubert, A Sentimental Education: June 2014 [7] to August 2014 [7]

• Carter, Marcel Proust: A Life: June 2014 [7] to December 2014 [5]

• Proust Cycle III: June 2014 [8] to November 2014 [1] (suspended following Vol. 3)

• Proust, Pleasure and Days: August 2014 [6] to September 2014 [5]

• Proust, Contre Sainte-Beuve: October 2014 [4] to November 2014 [6]

• Proust, Jean Santeuil: December 2014 [6] to April 2015 []

• Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow: December 2014 [11] to April 2015 [6]

• Albaret, Monsieur Proust: January 2015 [6] to March 2015 [4]

• Watt, Marcel Proust: March 2015 [4] to April 2015 []

• Aciman, The Proust Project: April 2015 [] to May 2015 []

• Woolf, To the Lighthouse: May 2015 [6] to May 2015 [6]

• Proust Cycle IV: September 2015 [24] to May 2017 [12]

• Kristeva, Time and Sense: Proust and the Experience of Literature : April 2015 to June 2015

• Sterne, Tristram Shandy: June 2015 [6] to August 2015 [4]

• Eliot, Middlemarch: June 2015 [9] to Sept 2015 [7]

• Dante, Inferno: October 2015 [11] to November 2015 [12]

• Cervantes, Don Quixote: December 2015 [8] to March 2016 [4]

• Homer, The Odyssey: April 2016 [12] to May 2016 [7]

• Vergil, The Aeneid: May 2016 [3] to June 2016 [2]

• Joyce, Ulysses: June 2016 [10] to December 2016 [10]

• Beckett, Malone/Malloy Dies/The Unnameable: July 2016 [4] to October 2016 [5]

• Munger, Scenes de la vie Boheme: October 2016 [5] (Suspended after second session)

• Milton, Paradise Lost: October 2016 [4] to January 2017 [3]

• Melville, Moby-Dick or The Whale: January 2017 [3] to April 2017 [5]

• Nabokov, Pale Fire: January 2017 [15] to February 2017 [9]

• Borges, Collected Fictions: March 2017 [7] to June 2017 [4]

• Ovid, Metamorphoses: April 2017 [6] to June 2017 [4]

• Flaubert, Madame Bovary: June 2017 [9] to July 2017 [9]

• Joyce, Finnegan's Wake: June 2017 [6] to June 2019 [3]

• Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: July 2017 [2] to August 2017 [3]

• Gogol, Dead Souls: July 2017 [7] to September 2017 [4]

• Tolstoy, Anna Karenina: August 2017 [8] to November 2017 [5]

• Turgenev, Fathers and Children: October 2017 [7] to November 2017 [6]

• Proust Cycle V: October 2017 [12] to June 2020 [7]

• Proust in French: October 2017 [12] to Spring 2021 []

• Balzac, Cousin Bette: November 2017 [6] to January 2018 [6]

• Woolf, To the Lighthouse: December 2017 [8] to December 2017 [6]

• James, The Portrait of a Lady: January 2018 [7] to March 2018 [6]

• Balzac, Les Chouans: February 2018 [6] to March 2018 [3]

• Balzac, Père Goriot: April 2018 [6] to April 2018 [5]

• Barthes, S/Z: May 2018 [5] to June 2018 [4]

• Conrad, The Secret Agent: April 2018 [7] -April 2018 [6]

• Mann, Buddenbrooks: May 2018 [4] - Sept 2018 [5]

• Stendhal, The Red and The Black: June [6]-July 2018 [5]

• Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma: Aug 2018 [7] -Sept 2018 [3]

• Barnes, Nightwood: Sept 2018 [7] to Sept 2018 [7]

• Conrad, Nostromo: Sept 2018 [8] to Dec 2018 [5]

• Marlowe, Doctor Faustus: Oct 2018 [4] to Nov 2018 [4]

• Goethe, Faust: Nov 2018 [5] to Dec 2018 [3]

• Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita: Dec 2018 [6] to Feb 2019 [8]

• Faulkner, As I Lay Dying: Feb 2019 [9] to Mar 2019 [5]

• Dostoyevsky, The Idiot: April 2019 [10] to July 2019 [9]

• Melville, Moby-Dick or The Whale: July 2019 [9] to Dec 2019 [8]

• Musil, The Man Without Qualities: TBD

• Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time: TBD

• Schmidt, Bottom's Dream: TBD

• December 2019: New group with name changed to Let's Read! Classics from the Western Canon

• Proust Cycle VI: June 2021 [] to Fall 2022 []

Previous Proust Cycles:

Cycle I: 2011-2018 -Shifted to western classics

Cycle II: 2013-2019 -Shifted to western classics

Cycle III: 2014 [Guermantes Way] -Shifted to Cycle IV, Then western classics

Cycle IV: 2015-2017 -Shifted to philosophy classics [www.meetup.com/History-of-Ideas (https://www.meetup.com/History-of-Ideas/)/]

Cycle V: 2017-2020

Cycle VI: 2021-

Upcoming events (3)

ONLINE Proust, Sodome et Gomorrhe, to p. 248, "Nous etions, Albertine et moi..."

We continue with online meetings via Zoom for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Join us there as we continue en français with Sodome et Gomorrhe. Thanks to Edie Gralla this week, who is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Proust en français Date: October 4, 2020 Time: 12 pm PDT Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] Download the Zoom app for smartphone or computer or both when you sign-up at Zoom.us now or when you attempt to join Sunday's session. Read Proust in the original and discuss the joys and sorrows of Marcel in French and English on biweekly Sundays at noon on Zoom. We're on the fourth book, Sodome et Gomorrhe. RSVP today! Edition: Sodome et Gomorrhe: edition d'Antoine Compagnon. Folio Classique (numero 2047), Gallimard, 1989 [ISBN-13:[masked]] Schedule of readings:[masked] to page 248, "Nous etions, Albertine et moi..."[masked] to page 273, "Si un client de Cottard..."[masked] to page 296, "Mme Verdurin qui, pour nous..."[masked] to page 319, "Peut-etre le mieux serait-il..."[masked] to page 344, "Le morceau fini, je..."[masked] to page 369, CHAPITRE III[masked] to page 394, "Ce que malheureusement..."[masked] to page 418, "Ce qui me surprit beaucoup..."[masked] to page 440, "Au mot tire du grec dont..."[masked] to page 463, "Le souvenir relatif a Morel..."[masked] to page 486, "Pendant les retours..."[masked] to page 501, "-- Alors soit, quoique je ne..."[masked] to page 515, fin II. Parking [in Westwood, once we gather together again post-COVID-19] $2 - metered street parking per hour Free - Broxton Garage -first two hours, $1.50/20 mins. thereafter Free - street parking south of Wilshire Blvd Sundays only.

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