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Sodom and Gomorrah

De : Marcel Proust
Lu par : Neville Jason
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    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th century literature. Neville Jason’s widely praised 39 CD abridged version has rightly become an audiobook landmark and now, upon numerous requests, he is recording the whole work unabridged which, when complete, will run for some 140 hours.

    Sodom and Gomorrah is the fourth of seven volumes. Accidentally witnessing an encounter between the Baron de Charlus and the tailor Jupien, the narrator’s eyes are opened to a world hidden from him until now; he suspects that Albertine is attracted to her own sex.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

    Public Domain (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks

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    • Darwin8u
    • 30/07/2013

    Looking back obliquely on Proust's fourth volume

    Reviewing 'Sodom and Gomorrah' puts me in an awkward spot. What are the risks of looking back obliquely on Proust's fourth volume of 'In Search of Lost Time' (ISOLT)? Will any indirect reference to Proust's army of inverts turn me into a pillar of salt? Will I disquiet my friends and my family with funky quotes from Proust's salon-centric novel?

    It is hard to grab this one volume and grade or inspect it separate from the previous three, and seems premature to attempt to capture the full body of ISOLT before finishing the next three. Still, having read/listened 2700+ pages /102 hours of Proust now, I can still feel confident in saying that the guy is brilliant, weird, distressing, mesmerizing, queer, petulant, boring, beautiful, raving, labyrinthine, decadent, lyrical, perverse, funky, banal, and that is just a sampling of my feelings about Proust on just one of his d@mned pages.

    But this is a novel that once started, must be finished. It is also a novel that needs to be eaten in discrete and slow chunks. I'm not sure it is possible to eat an entire wheel of Leerdammer by oneself, or to drink an entire hogshead of wine, or to read Proust's ISOLT all the way through. It is brilliant, but needs to be consumed in small graceful quantities, preferably with your pinky sticking out.

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    • Russ
    • 18/09/2012

    Worth the wait and wonderful every step of the way

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without the audiobook, I would never have attempted to read the book, and even if I did, I couldn't have brought as much to it as the narrator. Few realize how funny as well as insightful it is.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlus is both the figure of fun as well as a historical anomoly and Neville Jason milks him for all he's worth--and more.

    Have you listened to any of Neville Jason’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Listening to Jason is like rejoining an old friend over a glass of brandy after a wonderful dinner. The stories, the digressions, all are first rate.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At 24+ hours, it's too much. I listen during my commute and the time in the car flies by.

    Any additional comments?

    For those who have only heard of, wondered about, and might be intimidated by the heft and the reputation of the novel, this are the best way to go. The insights into human nature are timeless. The abridged versions are worthless, since plot is the least of the charms.

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    • Peter Schwenn
    • 14/01/2013

    Narrator excellent

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The narration is excellent in every respect, which is a considerable achievement given the novel. Neville Jason renders the very long sentences comprehensible, does different characters without overdoing the distinctions, and transmits the writing beautifully, which can only be so if he understood himself - again no mean feat

    What did you like best about this story?

    There's no need to review Proust.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No one has read this work in one sitting.

    Any additional comments?

    I have much less difficulty in reading this work via audiobook than by sight.

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    • Pablo Halpern
    • 29/11/2014

    Excellent narration of a great work

    Where does Sodom and Gomorrah rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rare for audio books, I can say categorically that I enjoy listening to this book better than reading it myself. I read the first three volumes of this series ("In Search of Lost Time", also called "Remebrance of Things Past") and found it tough going. Neville Jason transmits Proust's complex sentence structure with seeming effortlessness. He does a good job of changing voices in a way that brings out the personality of characters in the novel, especially for male characters.

    Any additional comments?

    Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" is a rewarding series for those who stick with it. (My book club is taking 2-3 years reading all 7 volumes.) Proust is like a neuroscientist, getting inside the head of his characters, especially the narrator, who resembles Marcel Proust himself. If you're looking for an action-filled page-turner, this book is not for you (even in audio form), but if you are looking for a thoughtful book with an interesting take on human nature, Proust has something significant to offer. Remember, this is volume 4. Reading or listening to the previous three volumes is a must before starting this one.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 28/07/2015

    Exploring the Forbidden (though Ubiquitous)

    Would you consider the audio edition of Sodom and Gomorrah to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because of Neville Jason's performance and apparently deep understanding of the characters.

    What other book might you compare Sodom and Gomorrah to and why?

    Only to the other volumes of Remembrance of Things Past

    Which character – as performed by Neville Jason – was your favorite?

    Baron de Charlus. Neville Jason brilliantly depicts his wild emotional swings and bombast and manages to deliver the significant situational humor while maintaining empathy for the character's plight.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Proust is too dense to absorb all at once.

    Any additional comments?

    Proust's humor comes across much more strongly in this volume than in the previous ones -- or perhaps I just am only now understanding it.

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    • Hasmik
    • 12/02/2016

    Absolutely fantastic!

    This is an absolutely fantastic - life changing - piece of literature. Neville Jason's performance transfers you to the beginning of the twentieth century. Phenomenal!

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    • SandyK
    • 07/04/2022

    Extraordinary, but…

    I have made it a project to experience all of this remarkable series of stories In Search of Lost Time. This is the fourth segment I have completed.

    I must say I am as devoted to and excited by the task as ever.

    Proust’s language and images are beyond compare. His description of memory and ideas and experiences in the past are unlike anything I’ve ever read or heard in literature. For these features of his craft alone, this is a venture well worth the effort.

    Neville Jason’s narration is simply extraordinary. His accomplishment in narrating all six books is, I think, one of the finest in all of the world of read literature.

    Proust’s accounts of Marcel’s memories of his grandmother, the experience of dreams and death and mourning, summer life on the water, and on and on are vivid and dream-like and beautiful.

    One prominent element of this particular book is all the dinner parties and events of the life of the upper class world in resorts along the coast during these summer months. Candidly, I found it pretty dreary. To be fair to Proust, I think that’s his point in his satire. There’s little to be admired in it. But it goes on and on and on. I constantly wanted to get back to the story and the flow of the main character and his life.

    But I get it. Obviously I survived.

    And now I look forward to the next installment!

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    • Raskolnikov
    • 28/11/2020

    Pretty Amazing

    For a homosexual, Proust writes elegantly about heterosexual love. Wonder what is next for Proust (narrator) and Albertine in Paris, now that they are leaving Balbec. For me, Proust and Albertine are the latter-day Swann and Odette of early. The last 50 pages of this volume are really good. However, if I were Proust, I would have made Charlus and Prince Guermantes to have crossed paths in the wealthy whore house instead of Morel learning that someone (Charlus) was spying on him and giving the heads-up to Prince Guermantes. I also really like the discussion about the Dreyfus Affair.

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    • S. Menich
    • 12/06/2018

    ...and the story continues....

    If a reader has made it to Vol 4, they should be used to it by now. Nothing much happens in this installment, but the words are beautiful, and the narrator does a brilliant job at using different voices for each character.

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    • Luvin Cocktails
    • 28/06/2017

    Excellent reading of V4 of "In Search of Lost Time

    This is volume 4 in a 7 volume series comprising the entire novel "In Search of Lost Time". Proust lived much of his life as a closeted homosexual, and this volume opens with an exploration of human sexuality. The Search, written 100 years ago, was the first novel to openly explore these topics, which explains the title of this volume: Sodom (for men) and Gomorrah (for women). Meanwhile the Dreyfus affair continues to disrupt high society as the social climbing narrator works to penetrate fashionable society's highest levels and begins to realize there is nothing there…

    Neville Jason's reading is a pleasure to listen to. He's a great voice actor, which makes it easier to identify the characters. it was quite an undertaking to read at 1.25 million words for all 7 volumes. (If all 7 volumes are not available when you read this, please put in a request for the missing volumes to Audible.)

    Today, Scott Moncrieff's title "Remembrance of Things Past" has been updated to "In Search of Lost Time", a better translation of the original French. Moncrieff's translation of what is perhaps the greatest twentieth-century novel was a work of art in itself, but the translation included some errors and is out of date. I recommend obtaining William C. Carters translation of this volume in paperback from Yale Press to read or browse when it becomes available, but this is still a great recording.