Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Proust's Cork-Lined Room

A blogger with lovely photos of Paris' 9th arrondissement has also posted a photo of Proust's cork-lined room now reassembled in the Museum Carnavalet.

Do take a look.  The Paris photos are great and make you want to jump on the next flight to Charles DeGaulle. 

Proust's Bedroom, Photos of Paris on Ann Webster's Blog  

Scroll to the bottom for the photo of Proust's room. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Proust Vacationed in Normandy

Proust spent summers in Normandy in a town he called "Balbec" but he really stayed in Trouville or Cabourg.  Like many writers, Proust kept the names of big cities like Paris or Venice in his novel, but he changed the names of smaller towns like Cabourg to imagined names.  The same with Combray.  The imagined places become as real to us as Proust's Paris.  Here is a lovely picture of Cabourg, and you can almost see Proust strolling on the boardwalk before luncheon is served in the dining room. I don't see the young ladies on their bicycles, do you?  Proust loved them all.  Such a lovely image.

The Beach at Cabourg