>>7661405 what is your motivation for making this post? We all know worthless posts exist, do you feel any need to exemplify a garbage post for us, just in case we forgot what it looked like? The thread wasn't off to an amazing start but it was salvageable, not an outright shitpostfest, so why make an ironic shitpost? We could have just went on, knowing the thread could easily be derailed but hoping it wouldn't
There is a fundamental difference between acts of greatness and actual greatness itself. Proust defines this difference as well as any other artist. While certainly Remembrance Of Things Past contains much great writing- in fact a hefty-sized novel’s worth of about three hundred pages, the whole work of thirty-three hundred pages cannot realistically be termed great. To willfully ignore the three thousand pages of often puerile, repetitive, obsessive, gossipy writing is to actually demean the three hundred pages of unequivocally great writing, by smearing the totality into a gray fog of undifferentiable verbal sludge. Yes, he has needlessly digressive, and clause-filled, sentences that can occupy a page, but if many meander and die of their own ennui and/or heft, is that a thing worth celebrating? It reminds me of the seemingly pointless world’s records that are charted by the Guinness Book Of Word’s Records. So what if someone made a kielbasa three hundred yards long, or the like? Did it taste any good?
There is also a question over what sort of writer Proust is. He is most often claimed as a precursor to the Modernists, or an early Modernist of the stream of consciousness variety, but even in his obscenely Byzantine sentences there is a clarity and lack of obfuscation that is not present in James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, nor even William Faulkner. In fact, Proust is the absurdly baroque and filigreed end of the Romantic movement, with ornate frills and all- more of an Impressionist, though, than full on Romantic. He is a literary Monet on steroids, rather than a Picasso with a new vision. If he were a dinosaur he would be one of those lumbering hundred plus foot sauropods of the Jurassic Period, not a sleek Velociraptor of the Cretaceous. There is a child-like preciousness to Proust’s writing, at its worst, that most Modernists reviled, and while it may look, from the outside, to be Modernist in design, its soul is purely Romantic, and technique Impressionist.
Ultimately, the overall work fails to sustain itself. Its entertainment and readability simply cannot weather the repeated barren stretches of hundreds of pages between a half dozen or so pages of brilliance, and the Romanticism of the whole work negates the very notion of it being an act of memory.
>>7662412 wow that's pretty hot. I completely understand. these women have sex with people for money. they dont feel when they do it. he just wants to watch them feel. I would jerk off to those kinds of feels.
Not at all. There is nothing in his writing, its just a passing memory of things without substance. He writes well, maybe the best, but his unwillingness or inability to make works of both substance and quality like Joyce or Faulkner is obvious. Proust should've left his comfort zone every once in a while and expand his mind.
Reading Proust requires the sensibility of years of reading literature. Any high schooler who claims he enjoyed it lies. I don't know why we had to read it in high school honestly, it's just not entry or even mid level of /lit/.
>>7663349 I've long since evolved beyond a superficial interest in the emotional entertainment of reading and now exist inside a realm of pure intellectual abstraction. So no, I haven't read anything published by those authors, but through my thoughtful readings of others who have, I understand their literature better than most who waste their time with primary sources.
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