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By: Stefanie

Thu, 01 Mar 2007 13:28:42 +0000

Danielle, I'm reading the new Penguin translations. Each book was translated by a different person. The first was done by Lydia Davis, the second by James Grieve, and this one is done by Treharne. They are doing a remarkable job at keeping a consistent voice across the books.

By: Danielle

Thu, 01 Mar 2007 04:25:40 +0000

I'm so glad I finally bought Proust--I am looking forward to reading him. Which translations did you read for the first two books? Are they all by Treharne? I don't think I noticed his translations when I was looking. Has he translated all of them?

By: Stefanie

Thu, 01 Mar 2007 01:29:56 +0000

Becky, jumping back in will not be a problem at all. Thanks Courtney! Maybe McCarthy worries about coyotes and ghosts too and thus often harsh and interesting books he writes :) LK, volume 2 is wonderful. Very lush. Dorothy, thanks. The thing about the names connecting to larger themes came to me in a flash as I was writing the post. I'm going to be on the lookout now to see how he does it with the other elements in the story. Proust's understanding of how our minds work is both satisfying and frightening at the same time.

By: Dorothy W.

Wed, 28 Feb 2007 23:43:04 +0000

I'm glad you enjoying The Guermantes Way so far. Proust writes so very well on the way our minds work, how they make sense of the world through language, and I like your point that the thing about names is a way of understanding Proust's larger themes.

By: LK

Wed, 28 Feb 2007 22:13:35 +0000

I've been toying with the idea of starting Volume 2 in March...think I will do just that (along with essay reading). Thanks for the post.