Ann Abraham Abraham de Methla, Rajasthan, India
3.5. C'était plutôt bien .. Il y a juste eu des moments vraiment frustrants que je ne pouvais tout simplement pas ignorer.
I approached this book with some trepidation. I felt that as someone who considers herself well-read, I should give Proust a try, but I was prepared to be bored and not finish it. Actually, I loved it. I listened to it on audiobook, and the language is stunningly beautiful. It's funny, touching, and beautiful. The story doesn't follow a traditional narrative, but instead is a retrospective, memory-laden stream of consciousness portrait of intimate family life in a specific place and time. It is sensual, poetic, and filled with clever descriptions of people who are at times horrifyingly hypocritical and other times beautifully moved by music, romance, and nature. The descriptions of writing, reading, spring time in a small French village, entertaining evenings in Paris, and his family's church are all so musically written, that when I turned off my car I would often sit in the parking lot and listen just a bit longer before moving on to the next part of my day. I cannot wait to read more.