As just about everyone that admires this work has praised it far better than I ever can I will only say this.If you are a reader that skim reads then don't even bother with this as you will get nothing out of it. Each sentence and description must be read in full to appreciate Proust. (I wish I could read it in French).If you don't want to think even a little bit then again, don't bother. This book makes you think. Well maybe it doesn't make you but it highly encourages it.If you like stories about love and obsession then DO read this book.If you are scared of reading this work then DON'T be. It's far more accessible than you think.If you think this is only for snobs. It isn't. Only a love of good writing is required.