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The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5

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 abridged version has rightly become an audiobook landmark and now, after numerous requests, he is recording the whole work unabridged which, when complete, will run for some 140 hours. The Captive is the fifth of seven volumes. The Narrator’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment. He suspects she may be 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.

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    • Darwin8u
    • 02/10/2013

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    Review #1 (The Capitol)

    This is the fifth volume of Proust's In Search of Lost Time/Remembrance of Things Past. In the Captive, Proust's narrator is concerned about who Obama is in love with. The ardor of Speaker Boehner is face-to-face with the serenity of the House's hatred. The happiness that Congress knows is impossible, their fear that they will be rejected in the next election, faces the narrator with a dilemma -- does he leave the President he thinks he loves, or stay with the President he now ceases to love. The Fall, like the Spring of 17 years before, forces the narrator to shut government down to stir his soul to remind him of a vivid more pronounced period. Thinking of Gingrich, Boehner grips his heart in his hands as he discovers that the President has fled and left him alone, all alone, a captive in his own disgraced and ruined House.

    Review #2 (The Bedroom)

    Like being stuck in bed, in a full-body cast, at home with your mother as caregiver. You adore her. She is funny, attentive and her house dress smells like your childhood (well, a musty, blurry version of your childhood). Mother Proust cooks you all sorts of nice sweet things, but your childhood bedroom AND bed just seem to get smaller and smaller after just the second word and immediately after the first bedpan.

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    • Patricia
    • 25/04/2014

    At last a way to listen to this great classic

    Somehow I have never gotten around to reading Proust. I always intended to, so when I saw it was available on Audiobooks I decided to finally do it. I actually expected it to be somewhat tedious and I planned to just read the first of the seven books just to get a taste. Well, to my surprise I was totally engrossed in it and eventually did all seven books. Gorgeously written - such magnificent prose. And the characters - they will stay with you forever. And the beautiful French names. Haunting. I highly recommend this book and the other seven too. You won't regret it.

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    • Hans G. Despain
    • 08/09/2012

    Outstanding

    Would you listen to The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5 again? Why?

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the two or three best books ever written. It is full of social, pyschological, socio-economic, quality life, and meaning of death insights. For these reasons this book can be reread many times in a life and discover something new each time. Proust was truly inspired when he wrote these volumes

    What other book might you compare The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5 to and why?

    Proust compares to many existential novelists, for example Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Camus.

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

    Neville Jason interpretation and presentation is perfect.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You can't make this book into a film would be the tag line. Alternatively ... skip the film, read!

    Any additional comments?

    Proust's writing is beautiful and his insights of life and death breath-taking.

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    • David H
    • 21/03/2019

    Time Remembered Incomplete but we have five vol.

    I hope that one day the last two volumes will be added to complete this invaluable treasure of our culture. Scott Moncrief's translation of Proust is the finest English ever written. The reader is excellent. One quibble: when other than Proust French author's are quoted, their words are recited in French! If I could understand French I would get the work in French.

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    • Luvin Cocktails
    • 05/04/2018

    Excellent reading of The Captive

    This is volume 5 in a 7 volume series comprising the entire novel "In Search of Lost Time". The Narrator, consumed with jealousy (reminiscent of Swann's jealousy in V1: Swann's Way) because he suspects his GF of seeing both other men and other women, has her living in her own room in his family's apartment. Since both of his parents are often absent, this sounds like an ideal set-up for a lusty lad except that the presence of eagle-eyed Francoise, the old family servant, cramps his style. He does manage to treat her as a virtual prisoner by controlling where she goes and whom she sees while she tries to circumvent his restrictions. Our hero continues his excursions into Paris society, where he now has friends and acquaintances at the highest levels, and continues his observations on human nature, painting, music and love. Proust, as always, remains witty and perceptive. This story is well worth the time required to listen to it.

    Neville Jason's reading is a pleasure to listen to. He was 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 (or just use the enlightening notes) when it becomes available, but this is still a great recording.

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    • Kenning JP García
    • 15/02/2020

    Second favorite volume in In Search of Lost Time

    Perhaps one of the lesser read volumes but one of the most emotionally interesting. The narrator grows hot and cold with Albertine while Morel and Charlus do the same. If this were wrestling, we'd say this volume contains a few heel turns.

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    • Alonzo Nightjar
    • 10/08/2022

    Lead character is a dreadfully awful man

    By reading this far into the seven volumes of this work by Proust I have come to the conclusion that the cataloging of some works as “classics“ is a mistake. I subsequently removed the label classic from all and any titles in my Audible collection.

    There seems to me little to recommend to a potential reader as the main character — I dare not call him a protagonist because he has absolutely no redeeming qualities — is entirely loathsome. He encapsulates all that is wrong in any western society based on patriarchal dominance, severe economic inequality, female subjugation, religious and sexual intolerance, and idle solipsism.

    Should Remembrances… be viewed a classic worthy of any personal library? Not at all, in my opinion. Unless perhaps as an incendiary to ignite a desire to upturn the tired systems which enable the lead character to behave so selfishly. But we should need not look to 100 year old novels to kindle the fires of outrage. Present times offer an amble fuel supply to fire a pursuit of meaningful change to the current state of affairs.

    This work is not classic but rather classist. Marcel is not heroic but rather horrific. The title of this volume, The Captive, may as well apply to readers who hold up this work as worthy of honor as it does the victimized female characters in Marcel’s life and the lead is himself to his insecurities, his jealousies, his envies, and his position in a society capable of celebrating all of it.

    How fitting the lead character has a weak constitution fit to expire from ‘consumption’. He only consumes . Sadly it hasn’t happened by the end of volume five (not a spoiler alert since there are two more volumes).

    If you are into sadism there are stronger books (any bio of Donald Trump for instance) so no need to bother starting the Remembrance series. And you can’t pick out just this volume to read alone. It does not stand independent of what has come before.

    That I was left at the close of the Captive hoping the final two volumes will tell of a complete alienating isolation and ruin of Marcel’s entire way of life and thinking is an unhealthy and naive desire for or belief in some idealistic justice or fairness. In kindness, I do not recommend that feeling — or this book— to others.

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    • SandyK
    • 27/06/2022

    Superb…as Always!

    Proust is simply extraordinary. As in all the other segments of Remembrance of Things Past, he is a master of language and plot and character. His ability to develop images through words of memories, experiences, visions, and observations is, I strongly believe, unmatched in literature.

    I loved the many experiences here of trying to understand what Proust meant by the idea of being a captive. It’s plenty rich.

    Everything is superb in this reading, including, of course, Neville Jason’s narration. He has created a special thing of beauty in all these segments of Remembrance that he has narrated.

    If you’re up to it, Remembrance is up to you!

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    • GARY R ZION
    • 18/11/2021

    A standout performance

    Always an excellent narration, Neville Jason delivers a stand-out performance in this volume, The Captive.

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    • Miles
    • 28/01/2020

    Great series, not fond of the reader

    This is a great series, but I much prefer other readers who have not, unfortunately recorded the whole series. Mr Jason is so overly affected in his delivery as to do a disservice to Proust. He makes the narrator out to be a very unlikable character, which is not the case with more sympathetic readers. I listened to the whole series, but had to try and ignore the voice of the reader. I hope one day soon a better reader will record the series.