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.


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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