High Coo – July 10 – Marcel Proust

Greatest novelist of the 20th Century?

Born on this day in history in 1871, Marcel Proust produced the longest novel ever published: In Search of Lost Time which was some 3200 pages in original French and about 4300 pages when translated into English. It has over 2000 characters and was rejected by at least two publishers before Proust self-published.

In Search of Lost Time, aka Remembrance of Things Past, is the narrator’s recollection of childhood and adulthood in high society France. The reported themes are the loss of time and lack of meaning in the world. I’m sure it’s a fine read but …

Who would you say is the greatest novelist of the 20th Century? Here is today’s haiku:

Rowling, Tolkein, Or-

well, Hemingway, Vonnegut,

or Ian Fleming

For more information on the top 300 novelists of the 20th Century see: https://www.thefamouspeople.com/20th-century-novelists.php

4 thoughts on “High Coo – July 10 – Marcel Proust

  1. Dr B

    Hi Patrick, I’m finding your posts inspirational but I don’t understand the Haiku😂🤦‍♂️. I’ve just looked at Proust’s book but 7 volumes might be a bit much, even for a reading nutcase like me! However I’ve just taken out to reread my How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton. Read it a few years back but can’t remember a thing about it.

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    1. Patrick Cole Post author

      Thank you for your comments, Dr B. I have enjoyed the Proust Questionnaire but have not been tempted to read his books yet. There are so many other good books to read, including yours It’s Not About the Wine (c) 2020. Cheers!

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