History Creator / MarcelProust

29th Sep '17 11:59:10 PM TwinBird
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* AnachronicOrder: ''Swann's Way'' opens with the Narrator as a young adult around 1900, which proceeds into an extended reminiscence of his childhood home, a long episode from before his birth, and finally a brief return to his adulthood. From then on, things are more-or-less linear, albeit with occasional asides from the Narrator's present knowledge, until the end of WWI about halfway through ''Time Regained'', after which the events of several years are told in the order they occur to the Narrator rather than their chronological one, although this may not be a stylistic choice but a consequence of AuthorExistenceFailure.

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* AnachronicOrder: ''Swann's Way'' opens with the Narrator as a young adult around 1900, in the [=1890s=], which proceeds into an extended reminiscence of his childhood home, a long episode from before his birth, and finally a brief return to his adulthood. From then on, things are more-or-less linear, albeit with occasional asides from the Narrator's present knowledge, until the end of WWI about halfway through ''Time Regained'', after which the events of several years are told in the order they occur to the Narrator rather than their chronological one, although this may not be a stylistic choice but a consequence of AuthorExistenceFailure.
29th Sep '17 11:53:53 PM TwinBird
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* AnachronicOrder: ''Swann's Way'' opens with the Narrator as a young adult around 1900, which proceeds into an extended reminiscence of his childhood home, a long episode from before his birth, and finally a brief return to his adulthood. From then on, things are more-or-less linear, albeit with occasional asides from the Narrator's present knowledge, until the end of WWI about halfway through ''Time Regained'', after which the events of several years are told in the order they occur to the Narrator rather than their chronological one, although this may not be a stylistic choice but a consequence of AuthorExistenceFailure.
* ApocalypticLog: ''Time Regained'' ends with about twenty pages of disturbed ramblings about the Narrator's fading mind and imminent death.



* {{Bookends}}: Halfway through ''Time Regained'', the Narrator is suddenly reminded of the madeleine that caused him to be suddenly reminded of Combray; this prompts another extended recollection, this time of all he learned in the intervening volumes, after which the remainder of the book is much less narrative.



* PhotographicMemory: ''A la recherche du temps perdu'' is a seven-volume [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this trope, the point being that the Narrator forgets about all the things that he cares about and he can't just remember things whenever he wants to. It takes some apparently random stimulus, like the taste of a cake dipped in tea or the act of tripping over a broken flagstone, and only then do his [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers memory superpowers]] kick in. At one point early in ''Sodom and Gomorrah'', he comments that the reader might think him to be suffering from early-onset dementia.

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* PhotographicMemory: ''A la recherche du temps perdu'' is a seven-volume [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this trope, the point being that the Narrator forgets about all the things that he cares about and he can't just remember things whenever he wants to. It takes some apparently random stimulus, like the taste of a cake dipped in tea or the act of tripping over a broken flagstone, and only then do his [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers memory superpowers]] kick in. At one point early in ''Sodom and Gomorrah'', he comments that the reader might think him to be suffering from early-onset dementia. [[spoiler:By middle age, he is.]]



* RecursiveCanon: The end implies that the Narrator is preparing to write what you just read.

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* RecursiveCanon: The end implies that the Narrator is preparing to write what you just read.read, despite having acknowledged at multiple points that it's a work of fiction being written by someone else.



* RomanAClef: Despite its reputation, ''A la recherche'' averts this. A lot of the characters are inspired by people Proust knew but he did so much swapping-around, conflating and generally fictionalising that it's more like VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory.

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* RomanAClef: Despite its reputation, ''A la recherche'' averts this. A lot of the characters are inspired by people Proust knew but he did so much swapping-around, conflating and generally fictionalising that it's more like VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory. At one point the Narrator stops to claim that everyone in the story is fictional except for a cousin of Françoise who gave her money when the destruction of WWI caused her to fall onto hard times.
17th Sep '17 2:00:16 PM nombretomado
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* EverybodyKnowsThat: The Famous Madeleine Scene.
29th Jul '17 8:53:52 AM DanielCase
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* RecursiveCanon: The end implies that the Narrator is preparing to write what you just read.
25th Jul '17 12:42:40 AM TwinBird
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* CovertPervert: Albertine. At one point, in a fit of impatience with the Narrator's clinginess, she bursts out that she'd prefer to "go and get myself b-"...then she stops herself, and he doesn't figure out what she was going to say [[EurekaMoment until much later]], when he realizes it was "buggered"[[note]]In French, ''"Grand merci! dépenser un sou pour ces vieux-là, j'aime bien mieux que vous me laissiez une fois libre pour que j'aille me faire casser..."'' - the words she stops herself from saying are ''"le pot"''[[/note]]. The Narrator's interpretation of this sudden vulgarity is [[InsaneTrollLogic bizarre and paranoid]].

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* CessationOfExistence: The frankness with which the Narrator and Andrée talk after [[spoiler:the death of Albertine]] prompts him to muse on the absurdity of belief in an afterlife.
* CovertPervert: Albertine. At one point, in a fit of impatience with the Narrator's clinginess, she bursts out that she'd prefer to "go and get myself b-"...then she stops herself, and he doesn't figure out what she was going to say [[EurekaMoment until much later]], when he realizes it was "buggered"[[note]]In French, ''"Grand merci! dépenser un sou pour ces vieux-là, j'aime bien mieux que vous me laissiez une fois libre pour que j'aille me faire casser..."'' - the words she stops herself from saying are ''"le pot"''[[/note]]. The Narrator's interpretation of rather paranoid conclusion from this sudden vulgarity is [[InsaneTrollLogic bizarre and paranoid]].that she'd momentarily forgotten she wasn't with a lesbian lover, with whom she must refer to sex with men this way.
9th Jul '17 6:39:46 PM DanielCase
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By the age of nine, Proust had his first serious asthma attack, and thereafter he was considered a sickly child. Proust spent long holidays in [[DyingTown the village of Illiers. This village, combined with recollections of his great-uncle's house in Auteuil, became the model for the fictional town of Combray]], where some of the most important scenes of ''In Search of Lost Time'' take place. (Illiers was renamed Illiers-Combray on the occasion of the Proust centenary celebrations.)

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By the age of nine, Proust had his first serious asthma attack, and thereafter he was considered a sickly child. Proust spent long holidays in [[DyingTown the village of Illiers. This village, combined with recollections of his great-uncle's house in Auteuil, became the model for the fictional town of Combray]], where some of the most important scenes of ''In Search of Lost Time'' take place. (Illiers was [[{{Defictionalization}} renamed Illiers-Combray Illiers-Combray]] on the occasion of the Proust centenary celebrations.)
11th Jun '17 9:19:26 PM TwinBird
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Both Swann and the Narrator wish at points that estranged lovers would meet with fatal accidents, thinking it would provide a tidy resolution. [[spoiler:The Narrator gets his wish with Albertine, and it only makes things more complicated.]]



* CovertPervert: Albertine. At one point, in a fit of impatience with the Narrator's clinginess, she bursts out that she'd prefer to "go and get myself b-"...then she stops herself, and he doesn't figure out what she was going to say [[EurekaMoment until much later]]. The original [[note]]''"Grand merci! dépenser un sou pour ces vieux-là, j'aime bien mieux que vous me laissiez une fois libre pour que j'aille me faire casser..."'' - the words she stops herself from saying are ''"le pot"''[[/note]] makes it clear that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_intercourse#Male_to_female she wasn't thinking of getting herself bathed]].

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* CovertPervert: Albertine. At one point, in a fit of impatience with the Narrator's clinginess, she bursts out that she'd prefer to "go and get myself b-"...then she stops herself, and he doesn't figure out what she was going to say [[EurekaMoment until much later]]. The original [[note]]''"Grand later]], when he realizes it was "buggered"[[note]]In French, ''"Grand merci! dépenser un sou pour ces vieux-là, j'aime bien mieux que vous me laissiez une fois libre pour que j'aille me faire casser..."'' - the words she stops herself from saying are ''"le pot"''[[/note]] makes it clear that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_intercourse#Male_to_female she wasn't thinking pot"''[[/note]]. The Narrator's interpretation of getting herself bathed]]. this sudden vulgarity is [[InsaneTrollLogic bizarre and paranoid]].



* MistakenForPedophile: At the beginning of ''The Fugitive'', the Narrator invites a little girl into his home to confide in her; her parents get the wrong idea and call the police. Françoise doesn't help matters when she tells the police he often brings home "girls" (meaning, to her, Albertine).



* PassiveAggressiveKombat: The mindgames between the Narrator and Albertine at the beginning of ''The Fugitive''.



* PhotographicMemory: ''A la recherche du temps perdu'' is a seven-volume [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this trope, the point being that the Narrator forgets about all the things that he cares about and he can't just remember things whenever he wants to. It takes some apparently random stimulus, like the taste of a cake dipped in tea or the act of tripping over a broken flagstone, and only then do his [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers memory superpowers]] kick in.

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* PhotographicMemory: ''A la recherche du temps perdu'' is a seven-volume [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this trope, the point being that the Narrator forgets about all the things that he cares about and he can't just remember things whenever he wants to. It takes some apparently random stimulus, like the taste of a cake dipped in tea or the act of tripping over a broken flagstone, and only then do his [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers memory superpowers]] kick in. At one point early in ''Sodom and Gomorrah'', he comments that the reader might think him to be suffering from early-onset dementia.
13th Dec '16 2:04:25 AM TwinBird
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* GratuitousJapanese: Albertine gets in the habit of using the word "musmé," a corruption of "musume."
4th May '14 2:53:40 AM SeptimusHeap
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* UpperClassWit: Charles Swann, Charlus.
18th Feb '14 2:37:58 AM Silverblade2
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** Proust himself shared some of these characteristics, going so far as to [[ManlyGay fight a duel]] against someone who'd insinuated that he was having an affair with a male friend.
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