Sunday, September 28, 2003

Proust write Recherche de le temps perdu - Remberance of lost times or rememberance of things past. The key passage for me in the whole book comes at the start.

The story returns to Marcel the narrator. Breaking with his usual habit one afternoon, Marcel drinks tea with a petite madeleine, or small sponge cake, which instantly soothes his daily troubles and eventually reminds him of a similar combination of cake and tea he used to enjoy at Combray. Marveling at the random connections between present and past and at the involuntary nature of memory, he sets out to describe his reminiscences of Combray.i>