the all-england summarize proust competition

Mee: (TERRY J) Good evening and welcome, whereas Proust would say, ‘la malade imaginaire de recondition et de toute surveillance est bient™t la mme chose’. (roars of applause; quick shot of grinning faces of the jury) Remember each contestant this evening has a maximum of fifteen seconds to sum up ‘A La Recherche du Temps Perdu’ and on the Proustometer over here… (curtain pulls back at back of stage to reveal a true, enormous, but cheap, audience appreciation gauge; it lists the seven books of Proust’s masterwork in the firm of a thermometer) you can see exactly how far he gets. So let’s crack straight on with our first contestant tonight. He’s last year’s semi-finalist from Luton – Mr Harry Bagot. (Harry Bagot, in eveening dress, comes forward from back of stage, he has a number three on his back; Mee leads the applause for him) Hello Harry. Now there’s the summarizing spot you’re on the summarizing spot, fifteen seconds from now.

(Music starts, continuity-type music. The needle of the Proustometer creeps up almost inperceptibly to a tiny level.)

Harry: Proust’s novel ostensibly tells of the irrevocability of time lost, the forfeiture of innocence through experience, the reinstallment of extra-temporal values of time regained, ultimately the novel is both optimistic and set within the context of a humane religious experience, re-stating as it does the concept of intemporality. In the first volume, Swann, the family friend visits…

(Gong goes, chord of music, applause. The meter has hardly risen at all.)

the all-england summarize proust competition – Monty Python

unser einstieg ins neue jahr. aus- und eingefiltert ueber proust meets monty python auf todayinliterature. man glaubt es nicht. aber das proust “baendchen” zusammenzufassen. ist wohl eine allgemeingut-angelegenheit. was andere nicht zusammenfassen. wird hier zusammengefasst.

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