40 by 40 Update: #22 Read the First Volume of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time

(Back in May of 2007 I noticed that a bunch of people in the blogosphere had created lists of 101 things to do in 1001 days. I was intrigued by the notion but felt I needed to change the parameters. So I created my 40 by 40 list. 40 things I wanted to do before I turned 40. Well on August 17th I turn 40, and I need to give $10 to charity for every uncompleted item. So it is time to see how I did.)

22. Read the First Volume of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time – NOT COMPLETED
Running Tally: $100.00 to charity.

Kudos to Proust for helping me reach $100 in my charitable giving. I am about 80 pages into Swann’s Way, the first volume of one of the seminal works of literature in the 20th century. I actually kind of like it, but I just know I am not going to finish it by Monday. It is low on plot and high on atmosphere, which I generally don’t mind. But it is the kind of book that you need to savor to truly enjoy. Reading it on deadline is making me dread it. Of course if I had started a year ago, instead of a month ago, everything would be groovy. I probably will continue this or pick it up in the future. But for now, it is a no go.

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