Captive – Part I

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Marcel Proust

The Captive – Part I

Read by Neville Jason


Volume IX of the Naxos AudioBooks recording of Remembrance of Things Past. In The Captive, Part I, Marcel’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment.

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  • Running Time: 3 h 45 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-962-954-609-0
    Cat. no.:NA319012
    Download size:55 MB
    Released:March 2000
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Neville Jason strives for clarity and succeeds with distinction. Proust spent more than a decade cloistered in his sickbed, writing his massive, autobiographical novel, or rather, series of novels, In Search of Lost Time. In this volume, published posthumously in 1923, our hero Marcel remembers his obsessive affair with Albertine, whom he sequesters in his Paris flat. Naxos is publishing the entire oeuvre narrated by the indefatigable Neville Jason. No one could undertake such a job thoroughly without decades of preparation. Judging by this, the actor has put in plenty of time, even abridging the text himself. As reader he has a fine voice and excellent technique. He strives for clarity – not an easy job considering some of the author’s page-long sentences – and succeeds with distinction. If the resonances at times elude him – well, they elude a lot of people. What he has achieved is well worth hearing. And he deserves plaudits for the sheer chutzpah of taking this job on.

Y.R., AudioFile

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