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

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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...

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561633425
  • Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • 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)

Meet the Author

Marcel Proust
Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust was a French novelist, essayist and critic, best known as the author of À la recherche du temps perdu (in English, In Search of Lost Time; earlier translated as Remembrance of Things Past), a monumental work of 20th-century fiction published in seven parts from 1913 to 1927.

Biography

Born to a wealthy family, iconic French writer Marcel Proust (1871-1922) studied law and literature. His social connections allowed him to become an observant habitué of the most exclusive drawing rooms of the nobility, and he wrote social pieces for Parisian journals. He published essays and stories, including the story collection Pleasures and Days (1896). He had suffered from asthma since childhood, and c. 1897 he began to disengage from social life as his health declined.

Half-Jewish himself, he became a major supporter of Alfred Dreyfus in the affair that made French anti-Semitism into a national issue. Deeply affected by his mother's death in 1905, he withdrew further from society. An incident of involuntary revival of childhood memory in 1909 led him to retire almost totally into an eccentric seclusion in his cork-lined bedroom to write À la recherche du temps perdu (in English: In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past ). Published between 1913 and 1927, the vast seven-part novel is at once a kind of autobiography, a vast social panorama of France in the years just before and during World War I, and an immense meditation on love and jealousy and on art and its relation to reality. One of the supreme achievements in fiction of all time, it brought him worldwide fame and affected the entire climate of the 20th-century novel. Biography from Encyclopedia Britannica

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 10, 1871
    2. Place of Birth:
      Auteuil, near Paris, France
    1. Date of Death:
      November 18, 1922
    2. Place of Death:
      Paris, France

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