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Con those exhausted but relieved hours at home, con those stolen wedges of at-sistema bookwormery, mediante whatever few minutes were spent in quiet solitude, I clung preciso Proust with the desperation of verso booklover in the throes of both work-related burnout and the dreaded reader’s slump. And while verso frantic heart may not be the best way sicuro approach words that are ideally enjoyed at verso leisurely stroll, I do believe the Narrator’s burgeoning sense of humor and need preciso slowly bibita mediante his surroundings kept me grounded during chaotic times. While S&G may not have been my favorite installment, it is the one that affected me the deepest.
Among the revolving door of communautaire obligations and self-indulgent observations that seem puro occupy the majority of Fictional Marcel’s abundant free time, I found myself most invested con his delayed reaction to his grandmother’s death. Having never known the magnitude of per transgenerational love like that which Narrator shared with his maternal grandmother, I felt his palpable grief just as keenly as the slow-arriving but mai less heartrending clarity of permanent absence that hit him upon revisiting per place that once played such an important role sopra demonstrating the fondness and compassion that can exist between a grandmother and her grandson. As the Narrator contemplates how different Balbec is without his beloved grandmother, as he muses on how much his own once-young mother has taken on the visage of her own mother now that the elder woman’s death has left verso role unfulfilled, as he retraces rooms that once were filled with his grandmother’s presence, the concrete reality of past time being truly lost time came thundering down against per mostly familiar landscape that derives most of its changes from the players inhabiting it. It is odd that the grief is intense but short-lived, yes, but I couldn’t help but write it off as the Narrator’s decision puro forge ahead with his life rather than mawkishly wallow con grief — such are the intermittences of the heart, mai?
It seems like so few of the relationships presented thus far durante ISOLT — Swann and Odette; the Narrator and Gilberte (and also Albertine); Saint-Caffe and Rachel — are healthy, mutually affectionate ones, but it could also be that I have little patience for romances, even fictional ones, that are built on a foundation of obsession and possession rather than respect and genuine fondness. And, really, the affair between Morel and Charlus isn’t anything laudable, I know, but I can’t help but find it one of the most believable examples of heady lust sopra terms of its execution and its players’ emotionally fueled behaviors. There is little else but sebbene attraction drawing Charlus helplessly toward Morel, who can’t help but take advantage of (or be manipulated by, depending on your vantage point) the older gentleman’s affections and gifts. Still, the greed with which Charlus tries preciso keep Morel preciso himself while all but undressing him per public, the satisfaction he derives just from coaxing the younger musician into his presence is…. come incontrare una donna Somalian senza sito di incontri d’accordo, per bit much, yes, but also keenly evocative of an irrationally all-consuming, unrealistically intense first crush and the reluctant empathy of understanding such memories drag along durante their wake.