Thursday, 13 December 2012

Dead forever?

Well, we had our last meeting yesterday and it was good to wrap things up after a year of reading Proust together.  Not everyone is quite done, but most of our stalwarts are very close to completion.  And much like Bergotte's life after death through his books, the Proust Reading Group will live on in our oh-so-sensitive hearts.  More accurately, we will also have a celebratory movie night in the new year to watch Raul Ruiz's Time Regained.  The exact date is to be determined, but we were thinking around the first week of February.  If you'd like to attend, leave a message here and I'll be sure to get you more details as they become available.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Last meeting!

Hard to believe that it's already been a year since we set forth on our task to read In Search of Lost Time in its entirety back in January.  Not everyone made it, but it's pretty impressive that a core group of us is nearing the finish line, if not having already completed the task.  So it is with mixed emotions that I say that tomorrow, Dec. 12, is our last meeting!  We will complete discussion of Time Regained and the novel as a whole, and perhaps plan a celebratory movie night in the new year to cap things off.  Hope to see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Nov. 28 meeting

Hello, everyone!  I just want to let you know that I will not be able to attend the meeting tomorrow night as I have to work.  I'm disappointed because we'll be discussing some of my favourite passages in the first half of Time Regained, such as the litany of prose following the narrator's episode on the uneven paving stones.  Those passages are some of my favourites not just in Proust, but in all of literature.

Anyway, have a good meeting and I will be back for our very last meeting on December 12.  See you then!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Nov. 14 meeting

Hello, everyone!  As you may know, I was unable to attend the meeting last night as I was stuck on the other side of town and unable to get in touch with anyone.  I hope that the meeting was a good one, though, and feel free to add a comment here about any interesting discussion.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 29.  I assume we'll be discussing Time Regained, but let me know where you are in your reading.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

No meeting on Oct. 31

Hello, everyone!  I just wanted to add a note to let everyone know that there will be no meeting on the next scheduled date, October 31.  Those of us at the last meeting decided that we would rather do something slightly more spooky on Halloween than discussing Proust, so we will take the week off and reconvene on November 14 when we will finish up lingering discussion on the Albertine cycle and dive right into  We're almost there!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


I apologize for falling behind on this blog.  What can I say?  I'm not the best blogger, that's for sure.  If anyone would like to contribute any posts, I can add you as an editor and then perhaps this blog will have more content.  Please let me know if you would like to be added as an editor.

At the last meeting, we decided that we could probably finish The Fugitive by October 31, which would give us two more meetings to discuss the Albertine cycle (The Captive and The Fugitive).  After that, we can jump into the final volume and finish up by our potentially last meeting on December 12.  I don't want to push it any closer to the holidays, as that's a busy time of year for everyone, but perhaps we can also plan an end-of-year party/movie viewing for the group.  Stay tuned and see you on October 17!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

August vacation

Hey, everyone!  I just want to let you know that there will be no meeting on August 8th as our meeting space at the Strathcona Library is being taken over by the Fringe Festival for the month of August. 

We will meet on August 22nd, though, for a Proust movie night.  We will watch Swann in Love at Brad's house, so please get in touch if you need his address.  After that, we will be back to our regular meeting schedule at our regular meeting location.  We just finished discussing Sodom and Gomorrah at the last meeting so continue on with volume five, The Captive.  Or The Prisoner, depending on which translation you have.

See you later!