I am about three-quarters of the way through Swann’s Way, the first volume of Proust’s massive À La Recherche du Temps Perdu, or In Search of Lost Time. This is my first time reading anything by Proust.
- Proust was famous (infamous?) for his long sentences, and yes, they are very, very, very long. Lydia Davis, the translator of this edition, says in the Introduction that none of them are longer than 10 lines. Maybe she counts to 10 differently than me, but there are tons of sentences significantly longer than 10 lines.
- The chapters are long, with pages of solid text unbroken except a few line breaks here and there. In addition, paragraphs are extremely long, in many cases taking up an entire spread uninterrupted.
- Despite this, the writing is so good that it’s hard to put the book down.