"Forty-some years ago, having just read James Joyce's Ulysses, I decided to tackle Proust. I read 'Swann's Way' and with each page wondered where Proust was taking me. At the end of that first volume of 'Remembrance' I found that none of my questions about the book, or the story itself, were answered. I'd have to soldier on. And so I began 'Within a Budding Grove'. Midway through that second volume I realized the scope, the majesty and the scale of Proust's accomplishment. I felt as though I was holding in my hands the literary equivalent of all the works of Michelangelo, all the symphonies of Mahler, all the paintings of Cézanne, all the films of Fellini. This was not simply a book, this was a life's work. Proust was inviting me to co-exist with him as he lived his life andput everything he knew into these seven volumes. … [Read more...] about Reading group: Bogged down on Swann’s Way?