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The Captive – Part I
The Captive – Part I
The Captive – Part I
Audiobook (abridged)3 hours

The Captive – Part I

Written by Marcel Proust

Narrated by Neville Jason

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

Volume IX of the Naxos AudioBooks recording of Remembrance of Things Past. In The Captive, Part I, Marcel’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment.
Release dateApr 1, 2000
The Captive – Part I

Marcel Proust

MARCEL PROUST was born in Auteuil in 1871. As a young man he became an eminent society figure, frequenting Paris's most exclusive salons. Following the death of his mother, Proust's already poor health began to deteriorate further, and he increasingly withdrew from society. He started writing In Search of Lost Time in 1908 and worked on its seven volumes until his death in 1922, spending most of the final three years of his life confined to a cork-lined bedroom.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    While Proust's style will never be a favorite of mine (what with the extremely long sentences & long digressions), I do find that the further I get in the series, the more interesting I find the books.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Probably no better than the last two parts, I found this part somewhat monotonous in its unvarying themes: jealousy and paranoia. Apart from the pretty tiresome and to some degree predictable storyline this part does deliver what I had come to expect, having read the previous volumes, that is, wonderful description, feelings captured upon the pages as if they were plucked from the very soul, and pure extract of French idiom. I am looking forward to seeing how the story is resolved in the final two volumes.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    The Captive - Marcel Proust (In Search of Lost Time, Volume 5)
    The narrator spends years worrying about whether his mistress that he claims not to love, and claims to want to break up with - but only at the right time, is having secret escapades all time with men and women when he's not around. He has become pretty crazy paranoid for this whole book and really the one before it as well. This is at least 50% of the content of the book. Otherwise, Monsieur de Charlus's adventures continue, and the Verdurins get the better of him by turning Morel against him.

    In short: Proust is crazy paranoid by the idea that other people exist and have lives separate to his own that he can't know everything about. He looks at how jealous paranoid people think.