Jacqui (jacqui) wrote,

On Trying To Read Proust

I'm only at the top of page two of the introduction to Proust's Swann's Way and already I feel like an idiot. So far I've had to look up Mennipean Satire, enchiridion, and soterial, I guessed at a few other words using my rudimentary understanding of Latin roots and suffixes.

I'm really hoping this writer is just some smarty pants guy who having been asked to write the introduction is trying to live up to the renowned work it prefaces by being as dry and archaic as possible. So far all I've been able to glaen from eight boring paragraphs is that Swann's Way is a long "cultural cosmogony." Is it any wonder I've never stuck it out before. I won't give up, I won't give up, I will read Proust...

Remember what I said before about hoping my energy would last long enough to carry my sex drive along with it until I could get together with Scott? That went out the window with my determination to go to the gym. Damnit. At least I can try to do something good with my mind while waiting for Scott to call. The only reason I have the computer on is because I'm too comfy and warm in my old bed with a pile o' cats to walk to my office to grab a dictionary and am using the one on my computer instead.

You know what? Screw it, I'm just gonna skip right to the book.

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