Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The Past Recaptured
I’ve never kept a reading log, and I don’t think I’m about to start. But in this one instance, since I do have the dates at hand, I thought I’d note the following: On January 4, 2011, at 1:14 p.m., I finished reading Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust. Along with my son, who is just a few pages behind me, I began the 2,265-page project on August 1 of last year.
Some other books I read during that time: Dylan Thomas in America, by John Malcolm Brinnin; Love is a Dog from Hell, by Charles Bukowski; The History of Reading and The Library at Night, by Alberto Manguel; Sonnets from the Portuguese, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning; John Brown’s Body, by Stephen Vincent Benét; Selected Poems, by Georg Trakl; A Listening Thing, by William Michaelian; parts of three poetry collections by Lawrence Ferlinghetti; and many other miscellaneous bits and pieces, odds and ends.
Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust. Translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Frederick A. Blossom. In two volumes, published by Random House, New York (1932).
1.4.2011 #1 (more old books)