Reading Proust

I’m slowly re-reading In Search of Lost Time and I usually have so many things to say about a volume that I write several posts. I thought it might be useful to gather all the Proust posts on a special page.

To students looking for reviews to write essays: I have no competence in literature at all. I didn’t study literature at university and I haven’t read any academic book about literature. I only write my thoughts and nothing says that what I write makes sense or is accurate.



Du côté de chez Swann – Swann’s Way. 1913

From Proust to Baudelaire

Reviews by Max (Pechorin’s Journal)

Review by Sarah (A Rat in the Book Pile)

Reviews by Richard (Caravana de Recuerdos)

Review by Séamus (Vapour Trail)

Review by Alex (Alex in Leeds)

A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleur – In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower 1919

Reviews by Max (Pechorin’s Journal)

Review by Sarah (A Rat in the Book Pile)

Reviews by Richard (Caravana de Recuerdos)

Reviews by Séamus (Vapour Trail)

Review by Tony (Tony’s Reading List)

Le côté de Guermantes – The Guermantes Way 1920 -1921

Reviews by Séamus (Vapour Trail)

Sodome et Gomorrhe – Sodom and Gomorrah 1921 – 1922

Reviews by Richard (Caravana de Recuerdos)

Reviews by Séamus (Vapour Trail)

La Prisonnière –  The Captive 1923

Reviews by Séamus (Vapour Trail)

Albertine Disparue – Albertine Gone – 1925

not re-read so far

Reviews by Séamus (Vapour Trail)

Le temps retrouvé – Time regained – 1927

not re-read so far

Reviews by Séamus (Vapour Trail)

Reviews by Tom (Wuthering Expectations.


Here is the famous Proust questionnaire and the answers by the 13 year old Marcel.


La Confesstion d’une Jeune Fille et Autres Textes : 

I’ve read it a long time ago. It’s short and can be an introduction to Proust without starting In Search of Lost Time.


Marcel Proust and John Ruskin : On reading. Read Tom’s review here

  • Monsieur Proust by Céleste Albaret. I haven’t read it yet but it’s the memoirs of the Prousts’ maid.
  • Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time by Eric Karpeles. This book shows paintings related to In Search of Lost Time. The French title is Le Musée imaginaire de Marcel Proust – Tous les tableaux de A la recherche du Temps Perdu
  • Proust: A Life by Edmund White. I haven’t read it but Violet reviewed it here and according to the quote she mentions, the book sounds worth reading.
  • Proust’s Overcoat by Lorenza Foschini. This book tells the story of Jacques Guérin who collected Proust’s belongings. See Violet’s review.
  • Monsieur Proust’s Library by Anka Mulhstein This book will tell you about the writers who influenced Proust. Read Guy’s Review. And Tom’s review


  1. October 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    This is a great idea. A tremendous resources. I should do something similar for the Anthony Powell’s since as far as I know I’m one of very few people to have blogged them all.


    • October 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      I thought you might find it useful it when you get to the next volumes.


  2. October 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

    There is plenty to explore there- definitely worth book-marking. . I’ve collected quite a few books on Proust, and particularly enjoyed A Night at the Majestic which recreates the meeting between Proust and James Joyce.

    I think Edmund White’s biography is very good – but then I’m not academic enough to be a reliable judge. I have Paintings in Proust, which is a lovely book but the illustrations should be bigger.


    • October 16, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Thanks a lot for the recommendations I’ll add them.


  3. January 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks for adding my review Emma – I realise (as I didn’t in my Twitter comment) that I had visited your Proust page already and find it an excellent resource. There are so many ways of thinking and writing about Proust!


    • January 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks. We are several bloggers currently reading Proust and I thought it would be nice to gather the reviews at the same place.


  4. June 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Emma, I have posted a review of Sodom and Gomorrah (Cities of the Plain in my translation) at
    I will reach the finish this year, although much later than I thought.


    • June 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      I added your review to the page, thanks. Actually, it was still in my mail box.
      I wish I could read Proust now but I’m too tired, I don’t have the concentration necessary to read The Captive.


      • August 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        Hi Emma, I finished The Captive – -and am well into The Sweet Cheat Gone / The Fugitive. The end is in sight!


        • August 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

          I’m currently reading La Prisonnière, not my favourite. I’ll read your review in a few days.
          In Search of Lost Time is like a fireworks, the ending is the best. Le temps retrouvé is wonderful.


          • October 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

            Hi Emma – you’re right, the last is the best. I’ve posted now on all volumes. Feels like the end of a long journey, although I’m still wondering where it is I’ve arrived. I’ve started a course in writing which is partly a result of reading Proust.


            • October 4, 2012 at 8:24 am

              The last one is incredible. I read it more than twenty years ago and I remember I was blown away. I’m still reading La Prisonnière and I’m looking forward to the last volume. I expect to be even more blown away than the first time since I’m more mature and more educated.

              You started a course in writing? Congrats! Tell it to people who still think that literature can’t change your life or push you into action.


  5. Eileen Groser
    March 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Just returning to reading In Search of Lost Time, and found your blog when searching for reminders of what I read a few years ago. ( I was three quarters through The Guermantes Way) Your blog looks interesting, so I hope to eavesdrop occasionally if I may.


    • March 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks for this message. Reading Proust is a pleasure and there are a lot of blogs about it. I don’t pretend to gather a lot of info about Proust but I’ll gather the posts I hear about.
      I hope to hear about you again in the future.


  6. March 1, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    J’ai trouvé votre blog quand j’avais oublié le nom du traducteur du roman de Gary, Les Cerfs-volants, et je le cherchais partout sans succès. C’est si rare qu’on trouve comme chez vous une réaction détaillée à une traduction… on ne donne pas souvent même le nom. Je crois que je vous retrouverai souvent. Merci beaucoup!


    • March 10, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Désolée de répondre si tard, je viens de repêcher votre commentaire dans les spams.
      Je tiens beaucoup à citer les traducteurs des livres que je lis car ils font un travail formidable. Nous avons besoin de ces passeurs pour lire les livres qu’on ne peut pas lire dans leur langue d’origine. lls sont précieux et leur travail mérite d’être reconnu.
      Merci beaucoup pour ce message, cela m’encourage à continuer ainsi.


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