Within a Budding Grove: Clark Kent: 12/25/09
Here it is Christmas day and I'm watching Lilo and Stitch with my family. It's by far my favorite Disney film. The roast is in the oven and I've finished another thirty pages of Within a Budding Grove.
The protagonist is keeping up his friendship with Charles Swann which means being friends with Odette. She continues to host parties ala Mrs. Bucket much to Marcel's bemusement and horror. At one of her parties, she invites a princess (who ends up being the most boring person the protagonist has ever met). Then at another one, his hopes rise to impossible heights when Bergotte is invited.
After years of building up expectations "drop by drop, like a stalactite" (p. 165), Marcel goes to the party expecting Superman. What he gets is Clark Kent. He spends the rest of the party trying to reconcile the super hero artist with the buffoon who is at the dinner. So just as Lois has come to terms with her country bumpkin coworker also being the dashing man from Krypton, Marcel has to realize that being an artist doesn't automatically make someone suave.
See you back in next week for my thoughts on pages 181-210.
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.
books | fiction | Marcel Proust | 1919