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Swann's Way: Combray: Cherry Blossoms: 08/14/09
I'm on my 7th week of readingSwann's Way (Du côté de chez Swann).
From pages 180-210 the novel focuses on nature: sunset walks and flowering trees and how the passage of time was marked with each walk. It's a restful section full of lengthy descriptions of beautiful scenery.
The description of the lilac trees dropping their petals reminds me most of the cherry blossom episode (#19) of Azumanga Daioh. In that the students wish to be older while the teachers wish to hold onto their youth.
"Springtime of youth" is the central theme to both the anime episode and to this thirty page section of Swann's Way.
Swann's Way posts:
Lisa's First Word, Baby Mine, I Sing the Body Electric, The Lady in Pink, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Caturday, Cherry Blossoms, Marge Simpson, Liana Telfer, Bender in Love, Margaret Dumont, Hyacinth Bucket, Rose, Mildred Krebs, Pepé Le Pew, Jack Harness, Cordelia Chase, Saffron, Thomas O'Malley.
Within a Budding Grove posts:
Nanowrimo, Cheers, Robert Langdon, Kif and Amy, Dead Weight, Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, Paris is a Lonely Town, And Then There's Maude, A Cafe Terrace at Night, North by Northwest, Top Hat, Chez Deetz, Ah, My Goddess!, David, Auntie Mame, Brunhilde Esterhazy, Gusteau's, Shell Beach.