An accessible, irreverent guide to one of the most admiredâ€”and entertainingâ€”novels of the past century. There is no other guide like this; a user-friendly and enticing entry into the marvelously enjoyable world of Proust.At seven volumes, three thousand pages, and more than four hundred characters, as well as a towering reputation as a literary classic, Proustâ€™s novel can seem daunting. But though begun a century ago, in 1909, it is in fact as engaging and relevant to our times as ever. Patrick Alexander is passionate about Proustâ€™s genius and appealâ€”he calls the work â€śoutrageously bawdy and extremely funnyâ€ťâ€”and in his guide he makes it more accessible to the general reader through detailed plot summaries, historical and cultural background, a guide to the fifty most important characters, maps, family trees, illustrations, and a brief biography of Proust. Essential for readers and book groups currently reading Proust and who want help keeping track of the huge cast and intricate plot, this Readerâ€™s Guide is also a wonderful introduction for students and new readers and a memory-refresher for long-time fans.