[E–pub Leggi] À la recherche du temps perdu
The best lucidity we can hope for comes from an acceptance of the free floating uality of the magic lantern of our minds it touches reality only when as the projected fairytale images the form is distorted as it glides over an obtruding object such as the doorknob The entire rest of the narrative is like a grand cartography of the magic lantern of the mind and of the unshakable unsettling et poignant sense of irreality that it brings to the heart of even our most lucid daylight experience In this Proust has a lot in common with the stripping down of layer upon layer of formal illusion that characterizes Zen meditation The work is indeed much like a guided meditation manual The hard earned lucidity to be found at the culmination of the gathering back together act at the end of the narrative in Time Regained is one not of seeing through to some architectonic world structure which must always in the end be a cognitive artifact endlessly referencing us even as we struggle to wipe ourselves out of our picture it is instead a lucidity that comes from a comprehensive grasp of the ineradicable stain our filtration systems leave on even the most intimate seemingly immediate moments We never stand in the light of day It is a scary realization but an unshakable one and one that peers at the very heart of the human condition We always stand in the shadow of our own form and of our limited capacity for realization Our relation to reality must be understood and fully realized by incrementally beating against our walls at last coming to make peace with them and in so doing finding our only possible transcendence And second we come to the crucial revelation detailed description allows and that theoretical systems by their nature must overlook Detailed description while making lazy readers cringe is the writer s best friend as well as hisher greatest advantage over the philosophical systematizer It is how the modern novel becomes a philosophically significant epistemic instrument In my review of Kant s Critiue of Pure Reason I noted that Kant and Proust can be understood as complementary opposites of the phenomenological spectrum and that a fully realized self understanding must encompass both the stances that they represent Kant offers the phenomenology of logical principles Proust the sketch of phenomenological form by which we gain a hold of lived experience I d add here that there s simply no philosophical substitute for Proust and for the kind of world disclosure his narrative techniue enables he is a better cartographer of Heidegger s Clearing and Husserl s Lifeworld than they ever could be although I deeply admire both And this is because his literary methodology allows him to scrutinize and lay bare the workings of that fundamental act of reflective thought description It goes right to the heart of our moment to moment encounter with reality in re enacting the constructive framing we impose through our descriptions One has to admire the lucidity and tenacity with which Proust takes up his analytical scalpel to the most indefinite amorphous phenomena He is in my estimation a cartographer of indefinite who charts the limits of representation and thus of our capacity for lucidity and meaning To define and articulate the undefinable details of lived experience while foregrounding the constructive nature of all such articulation definition and cognitive framing is both his insane narrative task and greatest epistemic achievement Relish a densely descriptive paragraph of his say of a summer field or of the subtly shifting feel of the atmosphere and mood change of a room as different personages enter and exit Countless pages meticulously render articulate what we usually allow to fester untapped in the margins of liminal awareness through synaesthetic descriptions that try to recapture the comprehensive feel of the mingling of shades at twilight of the shifting of air currents of the interpenetration of music and scent and then of the pain of lack running through it all of never attaining some culminating state of sufficiency "For my own part far from having to strain to appreciate the descriptive passages I find "my own part far from having to strain to appreciate the descriptive passages I find provide meditative exercise that gives me the tools to the descriptive passages I find they provide meditative exercise that gives me the tools to bring my day to day experiences to articulate clarity instead of lazily allowing them to glide past In so doing they intensify my capacity for awareness and presence in the world Both cognitive form and narrative techniue here are opened up to their widest capaciousness and plasticity in order to incorporate not only dramatic action but its peripheral reverberation not only central figure but its background of embeddedness not only words but their echoes too I feel alive after reading Proust present to my experiences and ashamed at how much of my life I let slip by me each and every day The perspective the narrator achieves over his life here makes our usual biographical sense seem botched and anemic In comparison it seems like we have scarcely deigned to show up for our life story much at all Instead of integrating and transcending in a moment of lucidity that surpasses our highest attained perspectival unity as the narrator does at the culmination of the narrative when the various strands somehow coalesce we just let it all slip by rush on to the next thing and through this habit enacted out of laziness skim through our lives without delving deeper into the mystery they disclose Experience washes over us and past us leaving us untransformed and not building up to a unity which is indeed wholly ours His analysis of the pervasiveness of Habit as our substitute for awareness here is sobering Most of our faculties lie dormant because they can rely upon Habit which knows what "There Is To Be Done " is to be done has no need of their services He shows how through it we fall back on prematurely fossilized interpretive structures our personality and fail to rise up to the task of continuing to develop resources for gathering meanings as they continue to unfold and emerge The entire work seems to urge us to recall that psychological maturation unlike physical doesn t occur automatically or is finished once and for all at a specific moment in time after puberty It ends with death or with its psychological correlative the death we experience when we opt out of the necessarily ongoing struggle to continue articulating an increasingly integrative perspective on our lives Premature unity is psychological death through it our lives become a foreclosed matter As Beckett notes in his study of Proust The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time but takes place every day The same goes for our own little life world There is no resting in the process of endless formal development until death because experience never ceases to unfold new capacities for revelation Our understanding can never rest content with Silent Strength (Strength, yesterday s story when facing today s experiences Proust shows us what the stakes for self knowledge are and this is as inspiring for us ordinary barely aware mortals as it is supremely humbling And it is enabling as any creative work should be It shows the way to greater realization In another LIST book 184 it was said that unlessou have the opportunity to be in jail or have to hide out for a long time ou can t read the whole of In Search of Lost Time Volume 1 Swann s Way Volume 2 Within a Budding Grove Volume 3 The Guermantes Way Volume 4 Cities of the Plain Volume 5 The Captive Volume 6 The Fugitive Volume 7 Time Regaine. Berte e Albertine fino a Odette e Swann Bloch Françoise il barone di Charlus e la duchessa di Guermantes Attorno al tema della memoria involontaria le cosiddette intermittenze del cuore della celeberrima scena della madeleine vive tutta la società francese dei decenni a cavallo del Novecento uelli della vita di Proust dalla sconfitta di Sedan agli anni delle avanguardie passando per l'affaire Dreyfus e la Grande Guer. O be a member of the French nobility A star struck Marcel falls for it and starts stalking her everywhere In the end he sees through her ruse and realises that she s just a hack journalist4 Marcel Proust and the Cottaging BaronMarcel is astonished to discover Lucius Malfoy and Hagrid The rest of this paragraph has been withdrawn following legal advice5 Marcel Proust and the Abusive RelationshipMarcel and Ginny are not getting on very well Marcel keeps cross examining her about what she s doing when she claims to be attending meetings of Dumbledore s Army and accuses her of having a lesbian affair with Cho Chang When Ginny denies it he rants at her in page long uppercase sentences6 Marcel Proust and the Deceased GirlfriendGinny is killed in a freak broomstick accident when she falls off her Nimbus 3000 Marcel is very sad for a while but then returns to interrogating Cho about what was really going on7 Marcel Proust and the Commercial SuccessAlthough Voldemort s forces are poised to strike Marcel s thoughts are elsewhere He s always wanted to be a bestselling novelist but can t think how to get started As the Death Eaters storm Hogwarts he suddenly understands that he just needs to write down all the things that have happened to him changing names and a few details and he will sell a zillion copies plus movie rights hide spoiler We do not receive wisdom we must discover it for ourselves after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us which no one can spare us for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world The lives that ou admire the attitudes that seem noble to Gardiens des Cits perdues - tome 7 Rminiscences (07) you have not been shaped by a paterfamilias or a schoolmaster they have sprung from very different beginnings having been influenced by evil or commonplace that prevailed round them They represent a struggle and a victory Proust is a great teacher This may sound embarrassingly platitudinous andet I find that it is a fact altogether too easily overlooked in our incessant praise or bemoaning of his technical achievements as a stylistic innovator Setting aside for a while the whole issue of innovative narrative techniue which is nonetheless essential to the realization of his thought through literary art we can appreciate that he has something important to teach us about what it means to be wise or in short a fully realized human being He does so by bodying forth through narrative a model I d even say a paradigm of the process of self knowledge In so doing he becomes an indispensable companion to our own most personal and intimate developmental struggle to compass the manifold disjointed flux of experience into a coherent meaningful whole that we can point to as our self As psychologists now recognize a series of narrative acts or acts of meaning as Jerome Bruner put it weave together one by one the fabric of our identity What we are fundamentally is a narrative identity a carefully demarcated world of meaning to which we cling in the face of the flux notice Proust s recurring focus of description thresholds and borders doorways and windows walls and fences The slow construction of this most fundamental narrative unity that constitutes the real ground of our most mundane awareness is Proust s chosen theme This fundamental understanding of the self making self is paradoxically the culmination of the pursuit of self knowledge And in this Proust puts his finger on the very pulse of what identity means and can mean in our historical epoch As Charles Taylor points out in Sources of the Self the fundamental understanding of an ineradicable and refractory to the theoretical understanding and its search for pure transparency poietic element that lies at the heart of all our acts of knowing is foundational for modern thought in general In short we make the self we strive to know necessarily Deliberations about meanings to entertain and construct form the very ground we stand on in our attempts to reflect and to we stand on in our attempts to reflect and to Self In this Proust s narrative art implicitly critiues the foundational move of Western philosophy and intellectual history alike namely Plato s separation between narrative and knowledge theoria and poiesis art and philosophy Proust seems to say that theoria is poietic and poiesis is theoretical and reminds us the primal etymological sense of narrative gno to know In this he elevates the modern novel to the status of a privileged epistemic instrument and redefines the aim of wisdom The artist stakes out for himself his own wisdom path distinct from that of the philosopher The knowing to be sought is the kind of knowing we live by His narrative re enacts those acts of knowing by which we structure a life story and come to affirm a self and then later transcend itThe mainstream of modern thought has of course led in the opposite direction Reductionist mechanism aspires to corner the mind into some ultimate system a self made cage of thought a Theory of Everything from which it may never again emerge to see the light of day Any access to immediate experience must be mediated by said totalizing System any experience that does not fit therein is to be explained away While we managed to keep at bay political totalitarianism as a civilization intellectual totalitarianism still rules the day as an ever appetizing lodestar If we could but persuade ourselves to stay in the box we made we might buy ourselves some semblance of certainty provided we forget we ourselves have fabricated it William Barrett in The Illusion of Techniue outlines this totalizing aspect of modern thought well when he shows how time and again the great thinkers of modernity are subject to the irresistible temptation to reify the objects of their symbolism thereby becoming victims of their own language Proust s approach to the whole uestion of how we may become wise differs from this mainstream in two ways first he avoids becoming a victim of his symbolism by adopting a meta stance vis a vis his own cognitive framings and second he validates the adeuacy to experience of his methodology by continually touching base with where we actually stand in our most intimate dealings with the world through a close description of detail I already touched on the first but essentially the critical decision here lies in his not assuming transparency and instead foregrounding and scrutinizing the constructive process of knowing a life as it unfolds There is wisdom in this for by pretending that our mental filters are transparent to reality we risk mistaking the specks of dirt on our windowpane for
features in the landscape The fundamental working metaphor Proust operates with in the landscape The fundamental working metaphor Proust operates with is the magic lantern of the mind This is introduced early on in the context of one of those childhood revelations that seems to suddenly make clear for us the sense of this strange shadowy life The oung narrator lying in his bed awaiting sleep while struggling with separation anxiety from his mother watched the projected fairytale images of the magic lantern gliding across his walls furniture doorknob The reference to Plato s Cave is unmistakable and et the wisdom to be found here lies not in peering through to the substantial origin of these shadowy fairytale forms that float over the surface of our awareness The umbilical chord to such cosmic orders is severed for Proust as for so many moderns We are left floating in a sea of images that strange in between realm where mind approaches nature but never uite rests in a secure grasp of it. A partire dal 1913 i sette libri che compongono in un tutto unitario la Recherche esplorano una moltitudine di temi il senso del tempo la memoria il sogno l'abitudine il desiderio E poi ancora la gelosia il rapporto tra arte e realtà l'interagire di rituali ed emozioni Memorabili i personaggi che il lettore incontra tra ueste pagine dal Narratore figura dai fortissimi tratti autobiografici alle donne da lui amate Gil. .
Why did Proust have to write a 4000 page novel especially when there is not any discernable coherent plot Was it really necessary to have those extended society scenes some of which lasted for 150 pages or so Couldn t the whole thing have been tightened up a little an In reality every reader is while he is reading the reader of his own self The writer s work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he offers the reader to enable h IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSEMarcel eats the madeleine Marcel Oh that really reminds me of somethingMarcel s friend Oh The Devil of Nanking yes WhatMarcel I can t uite put my finger on iterhmmm No it s goneMarcel s friend Oh well It probably wasn t that important The first volume of In Search of Lost Time ISoLT or Remembrance of Things Past RoTP or la recherche du temps perdu Merde m re un autre was first published in France 100ears ago this month I started reading in February and now end this beast in November Apparently I needed a little wind up to start and if the last 12 hours is any indication I will need a wee bit of time to settle down from the mess Proust has left in my headThis is a book that feels like a hypnotic river that both transports nourishes warms and transcends 4211 pages later and I feel like this is a novel I want to read again both immediately and much much later I had barely put down Time Regained and I was like an orobus reaching for Swann s Way I m going to chew on my BIG review of ISoLT for awhile I don t know if I m ready to try to explain or even understand the whole of Proust Gunnin' For Love yet Hell I m not sure I m ready to look at myself that closelyetReading Proust was a bit like reading Finnegans Wake Certainly not the details or style mind ou Proust wasn t deliberately sending his prose into language fractals neologisms and ghillie suits of his own idioglossia Proust isn t trying to capture or interpret the night or dreams although dreams and sleep do play a part of ISoLT Proust isn t trying to hide he is seeking to uncover Both works however are best approached as literature that shouldn t be sipped These are pieces that ou need to let wash over Convaincre en moins de 2 minutes you You will miss parts for sure but unlessou are a Joyce or Proust scholar Catwoman you won t uncover 110 of what they are really sendingour direction anyway Let the prose roll Let the messages seep into Fictions de Jorge Luis Borges your conciousness Beware of the designs of the left brained temptor to stop every sentenece and try to comprehend completely what was written Finnegans wake is too obscure and ISoLT is too damn long to do this Pullour feet up push Aquarelle, la lumire de l'eau your head back and float damnou alla uick after note the first four books of Proust I read were the Viking Translations done by Lydia Davis Bk 1 James Grieve Bk 2 Mark Treharne Bks 3 4 The last three Bks 5 7 were the Modern Library s Enright Scott Moncrieff translations I read the whole damn thing for which I feel like demanding a medal A famous uote about this work goes I may be thicker skinned than most but I just can t understand why anyone should take thirty pages to describe how he tosses about in bed because he can t get to sleep I clutched my headI heartily agree Nor do I like dinner parties that take longer to read about than they took to occur The main problem with Proust and his admirers is that they are convinced that the French aristocracy with all their trivial concerns and all When The Routledge Companion to Free Will you read Proust and learn to appreciate his extraordinary dreamy hypnotic truly inimitable style this review is a mere shadow on the wall of a Platonic cave which succeeds in making the syntax of language usually as invisible as air into a tangible element so that like literaryogis we may feel for the first time how enjoyable the simple activity of reading like breathing can be and discover the delights of sentences which took the author days to construct and us an hour to read unpacking layers of subordinate clauses to discover nestling inside their crisp folds a simile as unexpected and DELICIOUS AS A SWISS CHOCOLATE RABBIT as a Swiss chocolate rabbit a ellow marzipan waistcoat and carrying an edible rake found in its cocoon of "tissue paper under a lilac bush during a "paper under a lilac bush during a Easter egg hunt or steaming across the calm waters of a limpid grammatical lake in the capable hands of Captain Marcel and his crew confident that they know the route from generations of experience and will in due time exactly on "Schedule Arrive At The Main Verb Pointing " arrive at the main verb pointing tourists to it with justifiable understated pride then ou will gradually come to identify with the alchemical author spending twenty Attirance Criminelle Tome 1 years sitting propped up by pillows in his velvet dressing gown transmuting the lead of his accumulated experience into gold surrounded by galley proofs which he constantly rereads and revises pasting in a parenthesis in the middle of this sentence an apposition in that so that the papers are gradually festooned like bizarre Christmas decorations with loops and curlicues of afterthoughts and waiting for life his unfaithful mistress to leave him simultaneously knowing that it is inevitable and also that she will never do so at least as long as this the greatest and strangest of all novels is still not uite finished I took today off work because I need to put everything I own into boxes so I can move tomorrow but obviously I can t begin doing that until I get some of these obsessive thoughts about Proust out of my system I mean can I Nope I can t After all this house is where I read Proust wait I read Swann s Way before I moved here which is pretty nuts to think about and so how can I move without reviewing the whole thingI do feel pretty traumatized after finishing this book Sort of shellshocked and confused with all these half formed thoughts and intense inexplicable feelings bouncing around in me and I don t know what to do with them or myself Yesterday I wound up sitting in my friend s bar explaining Proust s aesthetic theories but that kind of behavior ll getou kicked out of most places and is not really becoming a Notes sur la mlodie des choses young lady And obviously that s where this website comes in what is it for if not to unload just this kind of mental baggageReading Proust made me wish I were of a scholar so I could try to puzzle out some kind of literary context for what this book is I feel like people think of Proust as being stuffy and old fashioned and all crusty and ancient but I think a lot of that has to do with the subject matter a lost time with superf Celebrity Death Match Special In Search of Lost Time versus Harry PotterThe francophone world was stunned by today s release of papers sealed by Proust for 100ears after publication of the initial volume of his famous series which finally reveal his original draft manuscripts In the rest of this review Le druidisme au quotidien : Guide pratique et philosophique you can find out what Proust s books looked like before his well meaning but unworldly editor decided that French literateurs would prefer something slightly differentview spoiler1 Marcel Proust and the Magic CookieTraumatised byears of living in the cupboard under the stairs and never getting a goodnight kiss from Aunt Petunia Marcel can t remember a thing about his childhood One day he eats a magic cookie and it all comes back to him2 Marcel Proust and the Change of PlanMarcel is briefly involved with Hermione but decides after a heavy petting session goes wrong that it s not such a good idea after all He spends a nice summer holiday at the seaside where he meets Ginny or possibly someone else3 Marcel Proust and the Dodgy DuchessRita Skeeter has turned up at Hogwarts pretending La ualità di Proust scriveva Virginia Woolf è l'unione dell'estrema sensibilità con l'estrema tenacia E resistente come il filo per suture ed evanescente come la polvere d'oro di una farfalla Su uesta sensibilità e su uesta tenacia e su molto altro ancora è costruito il fascino della Recherche colossale romanzo mondo l'unico che l'autore abbia dato alle stampe frutto di uindici anni di tormentata gestazione Usciti.