In Search of Lost Time (Vol I): Swann's Way
by Marcel Proust
In BriefThe first volume of the longest novel ever written is about childhood, jealous love, the mysterious workings of memory, and the power of art. Most famously, a madeleine is dipped in tea...
Why you should read itDon't be fooled by Proust's reputation, as his great novel isn't as obscure or difficult as people think. Once you relax into the rhythm of his writing, you will be completely captivated by the world he creates. Reading Proust is a uniquely intense experience that stays with you long after the final volume is finished.