21 January 2016

#134 Time

[T]he ultimate comparison between Powell and Proust, and the one which perhaps fixes itself most permanently in the reader's mind, is that of two authors whose characters grow old. It is so rare a feature of the novel that it deserves to remain as the ultimate justification for bringing together two writers whose books do, above everything else, make us conscious of the passage of time.

Philip Thody, "The English Proust" in Robert Gibson (ed), Studies in French Fiction in Honour of Vivienne Mylne
Contributed by Keith Marshall