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Remembrance of Things Past, Part Two: Within a Budding Grove
     

Remembrance of Things Past, Part Two: Within a Budding Grove

by Stanislas Brezet, Marcel Proust (Based On Work by)
 

In this conclusion to this section of Proust’s classic, we get to understand what he means by ‘budding grove.’ As the summer on the beach winds down, the adolescent Proust is increasingly smitten by the young beauties his age he passes by but never gets to meet... until a well-known painter gives him that very chance. The romantic anticipation,

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In this conclusion to this section of Proust’s classic, we get to understand what he means by ‘budding grove.’ As the summer on the beach winds down, the adolescent Proust is increasingly smitten by the young beauties his age he passes by but never gets to meet... until a well-known painter gives him that very chance. The romantic anticipation, the teasing sensations, the fantasized expectations mixed with the summer sun, the sea breeze... some things never change.

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VOYA
The third English translation folio of Heuet's graphic novel interpretation of Proust's oeuvre concerns the young Marcel's sojourn in the seaside resort of Balbec, where he finds several types of infatuation, including that with young Albertine. He continues to explore society's layers and surprises as he did when younger, in "Swann's Way," and comes to appreciate the varied aesthetic energies of painting, cliffside walks, and fine dining. The light-drenched water colors and echoes of Proust's phrasing remain consistent in this conclusion to Within a Budding Grove (NBM, 2002/VOYA December 2002), but the reader must bring knowledge of the earlier volumes-if not of Proust's work more directly-to fully appreciate the revelations of character and plot unfolding at this point. Angles are highly relevant in Heuet's approach to storytelling, with the reader forced to view some scenes-as Marcel must-from afar, and others from within richly upholstered action. This volume must be included wherever the previous ones have been acquired. In addition to readers already acquainted with literary graphic novels, be sure to alert students and teachers interested in fine art and in literary criticism to the presence and possibilities of this ongoing work. Although no replacement for the original, it is a clear example of comic book as fine art. Illus. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P S A/YA G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult~G). 2003, NBM, G48p,
— Francisca Goldsmith
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This unusual pairing of literary forms offers the ornate and reflective prose of Proust retold within a graphic-novel format. In adapting a portion of the writer's massive, pathologically contemplative roman-fleuve, Heuet strips the story down to its essential plot, peppering the visuals with significant dialogue and key excerpts. The artwork bears a strong resemblance to that of Herg and his famous "Tintin." The visuals are creamy, flat, and lush, and the text boxes are tinted a particularly satisfying shade of gold. The story centers on the sensitive, analytical teen narrator as he spends a summer in the resort town of Balbec. With poetic clarity, it recounts the familiar and timeless affairs of adolescents: cruising the beach in summertime, passing love notes, arranging "accidental" meetings, stealing glances. Less familiar is the fragile, rigid world of high propriety, with its unyielding class system and stringent rules regarding everything from adjectives to automobile attire. This, along with its slow pace, relentless nostalgic musings, and positively torturous sentence structure will prevent the work from having broad appeal. However, some readers may see in the nostalgic ruminations a sense of beauty, awe, melancholy, and perhaps even a reflection of their own lives. This is an interesting and curious acquisition for those looking for a gentler introduction to a challenging literary classic or attempting to expand the scope of their graphic-novel collections.-Douglas P. Davey, Guelph Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561633425
Publisher:
N B M Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Series:
Remembrance of Things Past Series
Edition description:
Graphic Novel
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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