Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Proust

...is so amazing! I wonder what took me so long to start reading him. Although the idea of reading all seven volumes is intimidating, I think I will certainly enjoy the dips in memories. Remembrance of things past is not only a remarkable account of remembered life, it also a catalyst for revisiting old memories. Reading Swann's Way (part one) takes me back to some moments from my own life, forcing me to release those memories, churn them and work out what they effected. How they fitted into my child's perception. Perhaps a meaningless exercise, but dusting of some incidents is interesting.

6 comments:

roguegene said...

I have heard so much abt the book and Proust.. reading this is very high in my to do list.. I am unable to find all the seven volumes together anywhere.. where did you buy this? Any directions will be helpful..

Kubla Khan said...

Hi Madhuri

good too see you back!

Madhuri said...

Thanks Kubla Khan. I have been quite glad myself to see you back.
Roguegene, I did not buy the seven volumes in one go myself, but I saw all of them at Landmark store. You can also order from the many online stores - indiaplaza, a1books, landmarkonthenet. All of them deliver between 5 to 45 days depending on inventory. Enjoy reading!

Sunil said...

Im glad you are enjoying Proust. It is amazing how so few of our generation read Proust, Indians especially. It is more of an irony because, most of proustian literature is available in any good state library or a university. For soem reason people before grew up more on Kafka, Wodehouse than Proust. The other seriously important author Indians miss out on growing up is Koestler. Darkness at Noon is a gem of a book.

Madhuri said...

Darkness at Noon has been on my to-read list for quite sometime, but I still haven't got my hands on the book.
It is sad that reading is not a popular hobby in Indian students. It is not surprising given that most professional colleges treat literature with a shrug. At IIT, we had a three storied large library, and yet there was only a very small literature section buried in the basement. I assume that is a common occurrence in most colleges.

Sunil said...

I was not implying reading is not a popular hobby amongst Indian students. Actually it's the contrary - in my experience, Ive found more youth from Indian middleclass reading or attaching a sort of admirable value for reading as against other cultures . But for some reasons Indians tend to read or come to read certain important looks later in their lives and this seems to be continuing. E.g A lot of Indian teenagers were reading Ayn Rand pre, peri liberalization and well off Indian teenagers( or for that matter teenagers+) now tend to take a certain pride in endlessly consuming China Mievilles, Tolkiens.

In my experience on the ndian blogosphere, Ive never seen someone, even a possible lit student write about what he/she thinks of Flaubert/Koestler/Proust/Hugo etc.

But I agree with the access. Rest assured I wouldnt have found Darkness at Noon in a medical library rack. But thankfuly the central public was closeby and I got access to all the tomes of a good university while I was doing French. Also I ahd teh fortune of equally mad obsessive book/movie hunters for friends. I remember watching bicycle thieves smuggled in from Dubai for the first time in a hostel room ( medical one!) and how the floor was divided of its worth after the movie. The movie was pursued by various sources for 2 months. That was how mad we were. But that was long back. I am sure there are enough copies of darkness in bombay, but life has become such it would be impossible to trace it with our lifestyles.

Some tangents, but your comment reminded me of my library times.

cheers

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