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To go back to your original quote, "Proustian Saga" sounds like an oxymoron to me. This book is an anti-saga so far.

When Dean or the kids ask me what's going on in that thick book I am reading, I find myself answering "nothing much... there is a little boy agonizing because mommy forgot to give him a good night's kiss" Or "it's about a misguided love story between two unremarkable and somewhat unsympathetic characters". Frankly, I find it surprising that such trivial plot lines can keep me turning the pages and yet, here I am. So, yes, I agree, this book is not about extraordinary people and that's a big part of its charm.

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