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How Proust Can Change Your Life - Alain de Botton
How Proust Can Change Your Life
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Explores what Proust had to say about friendship, reading, looking carefully, paying attention taking your time, being alive. This book also contains the author`s own commentary on Proust. Amazon.com description: Product Description: `What a marvellous book this is ...de Botton dissects what... show more
Explores what Proust had to say about friendship, reading, looking carefully, paying attention taking your time, being alive. This book also contains the author`s own commentary on Proust. Amazon.com description: Product Description: `What a marvellous book this is ...de Botton dissects what [Proust] had to say about friendship, reading, looking carefully, paying attention taking your time, being alive and adds his own delicious commentary. The result is an intoxicating as it is wise, amusing as well as stimulating, and presented in so fresh a fashion as to be unique ...I could not stop, and now much start all over again.` Brian Masters, Mail on Sunday `De Botton not only has a complete understanding of Proust`s life ...but what is particularly charming about this small, readable book is its tongue-in-cheek benignity, its lightly held erudition and its generous way of lending itself to what is not only the greatest book of the century but also the darkest and the most eccentric` Edmund White, Observer `It contains more human interest and play of fancy than most fiction ...de Botton, in emphasizing Proust`s healing, advisory aspects, does us the service of rereading him on our behalf, providing of that vast sacred lake a sweet and lucid distillation.` John Updike, New Yorker `De Botton`s little book is so charming, amusing and sensible that it may even itself change your life.` Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph `This engaging book is one of the most entertaining pieces of literary criticism I have read in a long while.` Sunday Telegraph `A very enjoyable book` Sebastian Faulks
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780330354912 (0330354914)
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 215
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
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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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