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How Proust Can Change Your Life - Alain de Botton
How Proust Can Change Your Life
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Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres--literary biography and self-help manual--in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life.Who would have thought that Marcel Proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source... show more
Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres--literary biography and self-help manual--in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life.Who would have thought that Marcel Proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to live life? Proust understood that the essence and value of life was the sum of its everyday parts. As relevant today as they were at the turn of the century, Proust's life and work are transformed here into a no-nonsense guide to, among other things, enjoying your vacation, reviving a relationship, achieving original and unclichéd articulation, being a good host, recognizing love, and understanding why you should never sleep with someone on a first date. It took de Botton to find the inspirational in Proust's essays, letters and fiction and, perhaps even more surprising, to draw out a vivid and clarifying portrait of the master from between the lines of his work.Here is Proust as we have never seen or read him before: witty, intelligent, pragmatic. He might well change your life.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679779155 (0679779159)
ASIN: 679779159
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it
2.0 A Strangely Claustrophobic Experience: “How Proust Can Change Your Life” by Alain de Botton
“To make [reading] into a discipline is to give too large a role to what is only an incitement. Reading is on the threshold of the spiritual life; it can introduce us to it: it does not constitute it.” Quote from one of Proust’s books, In “How Proust Can Change Your Life” by Alain de Botton “Even ...
Garden-of-Stars
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3.0 How Proust Can Change Your Life
There is a certain, unspoken list of writers and philosophers whose work is deemed a necessary read in academic circles, Proust being one of them. Luckily I was assigned to read this one for a French cultural studies course, glad to finally be able to learn more about what specifically makes Proust ...
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it
4.5 Folly & tenderness
With the gentlest and kindest mockery possible, de Botton makes a very strong case for celebrating and learning from the unlikeliest of teachers: Marcel Proust.In Shikasta Doris Lessing's extraterrestrial protagonist describes Proust as a great sociologist and anthropologist, which chimes with de Bo...
Books etc.
Books etc. rated it
3.0 How Proust Can Change Your Life
I've read Swann's Way thrice, that is, its first 3pages. Then I would decide that this was not the right time to read Proust. That if I want to give his writing some justice then I'll have to give it attention & time that I sorely lack. Because there's no way I can follow his writing in the time sti...
debnance
debnance rated it
3.0 How Proust Can Change Your Life
If you have considered reading this book, you are probably aware of who Proust is, but I honestly knew little about him before reading this book. I’ve been on a French author reading kick for, oh, five months or so, and I’ve had this book in my TBR for quite some time, so this was a must-read for me...
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