Sunday Morning! “The Prisoner” by Marcel Proust

Rufus F.

Rufus is a likeable curmudgeon. He has a PhD in History, sang for a decade in a punk band, and recently moved to NYC after nearly two decades in Canada. He wrote the book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (2021).

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  2. Slade the Leveller says:

    Currently reading The Paris Bureau (wink, wink). I’m fascinated by the author’s grandparents struggling with Victorian morality in the 1910s. It’s amazing how much the world changed from before WWI to what it was after. Still early going, but it’s a good read. Once the border opens up I’m going to pop over for an autograph.

    Also, if you haven’t read Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel, you owe it to yourself to pick it up. I had only read her Station Eleven, but her new one is just as good.

    Watching: The Expanse on Amazon Prime. It’s about as good a TV show as you’ll find. The world building and story telling is just excellent.Report

    • Oh, good! I’m glad it’s enjoyable. I worry it’s a bit of a bait and switch because the Hemingway stuff is a big chunk of the book, BUT I think he shows up about 70 pages in. Nevertheless, once they get to Paris, it gets quite a bit funnier, which helps I think. The foreign press was, honestly, a pretty madcap profession at that time.

      I will see if our library has that one. They were doing a grab-bag thing that I am just about through- they picked out 7 books for me. I think there’s not so much business there, so it should be easy to get.

      I’ll see if I can find the show on the less-reputable back alleys where I stream programs. I’m about 4 episodes into WandaVision and have to just admit to myself that I’m just way less into it than other folks are.Report

      • I enjoyed the start of WandaVision, having grown up on those sitcoms, but the more it ties into the MCU, the less I care.Report

        • I dare not speak this aloud to some of my friends, but I had the same experience with WandaVision that I did with They Might Be Giants- it requires talent that that they can do somewhat goofy songs in many different styles convincingly, but like so what?

          With WandaVision, it started as a pastiche of shoddily-written sitcoms, and then we get to the “real world” and that’s a shoddily-written superhero movie. I felt pretty sure that was a gimmick I already saw on Amazing Stories in the 80s.Report