In Search of Lost Time 2-4-2022

I’m glad people told me to read In Search of Lost Time slowly because these long, winding sentences are quite the experience. Sometimes I forget what the subject or predicate are, but I enjoy the associative moving, the language, and the thinking. And, OMG, the 10-page opening that is just about falling asleep is amazing, and at times, I wrote “Yes” next to a passage because I have experienced a similar thought or action. It reminds me of the two pages in Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina where Tolstoy is inside the head of a dog thinking. There is so much detail and imagination lending to an intense realism

Last night I read the “Introduction” and the “Translator’s Note,” and today I read the first 43 pages. During the 10-page falling asleep scene, I often heard W. S. Merwin’s voice when he reads “On the Subject of Poetry,” but that voice has changed since the falling-asleep scene ended.

I don’t know who my audience is for these posts or what the posts will be about yet, but I don’t expect to be writing literary criticism. However, I find it intersting that the narrator when talking about himself randomly uses “you,” “we,” or “our.” I’m not sure why. It seems out of place, but it reads fine.

Today’s word of the day is: transvertebration (on page 10). I do not know what this means, and it’s not in the dictionary. Based on the scene, I’m guess it means moving from skeleton to skeleton and, more specifically, from vertebrae to vertebrae.

If you are reading this, thank you for your time. 😀


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