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Within a Budding Grove: North by Northwest: 02/04/10
I'm now up to page 330 in Within a Budding Grove and have started "Place Names - The Place."
Whenever Proust begins or ends a section he gets lost in the scenery. The last section ended with thoughts of Paris in April and how beautiful the city was despite his break up with Bergotte. Now it's some time in the future and he's tired of Paris. He's decided to travel ala grandmother via train.
So these first thirty pages of the new section read like a sentimental travelogue. In looking for a good image of a train, I ended up with North by Northwest. Within a Budding Grove is not a thriller but there's a good bit of American travel nostalgia in Hitchcock's film. The "web of intrigue and deceit" travels through a number of American landmarks: the United Nations building in Manhattan and Mount Rushmore being the most notable. The main character crosses the country by train and bus, seeing the small places between just as Proust's narrator does via his train trip out of Paris.
See you back next week for my thoughts on pages 331-360.
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