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Comments for In a Budding Grove: Paris is a Lonely Town

Paris is a Lonely Town (link goes to Amazon)Within a Budding Grove: Paris is a Lonely Town: 01/14/10

I'm now up to page 240 in Within a Budding Grove. The last thirty pages have been filled with the highs and lows of young love. Still chewing on his new perception of Bergotte, the protagonist begins to re-examine all his relationships including the one he has with Gilberte.

In my last post for Swann's Way I compared the love struck Charles Swann with Thomas O'Malley from The Aristocats. Now I'm drawn again to an animated cat film, this time Gay Purr-ee (1964). In it, a young cat runs off to Paris seeking romance and fortune after a spat with her mouser boyfriend, Jaune-Tom. Realizing his own foolishness and the danger Mewsette is putting herself in, he makes the long walk to Paris to win back her heart.

For Jaune-Tom the journey is a long one and the reunion with his beloved is a path filled pit-falls. In his time away from Mewsette, she must fend for herself and grows in the process. At one particularly grim time in her life she laments through song that "Paris is a Lonely Town."

Sung beautifully by Judy Garland the song captures perfectly the emotional turmoil that the protagonist is feeling as things become rocky between himself and Gilberte. Below is a clip from the Jack Paar Show with Judy Garland singing "Paris is a Lonely Town."

See you back next week for my thoughts on pages 241-270.

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.

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