One Liners: Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way

December 27, 2014 One Liners 1

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away?

Today’s book is Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way and I’m walking way because I’m not really interested in knowing why he’s changing his bedtime routine.

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Without reading the synopsis or anything else, what’s the verdict? Are you intrigued or walk away? Maybe flirt a little to see where it goes?

One Response to “One Liners: Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way”

  1. Diamond @ Dee's Reads

    LOL. Ok, this is hilarious and perfect to me for two reasons:

    A) I can’t tell you my opinion based only on this quote because I’ve read this entire book, but I can tell you …

    B) the first line in this book tells EXACTLY what you get throughout this long long story. It has a lot of pointless facts, filled with painstaking details about his life. I mean…pages and pages describing Madeline cookies. Lmao.

    Sure it has value. It’s classic. But not my favorite classic, and it’s very specific to a certain period that unless you’re interested in Proust for some academic reason — steer clear! 😛
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