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How Proust Can Change Your Life

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Publisher Comments:

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 uncliched 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 inspiration 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.

Review:

"It's a real pleasure to read someone who treats this sacrosanct subject as something that is still vital and vigorous." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A] delightfully original work of literary criticism.... By characterizing In Search of Lost Time with amusing superficiality, he has succeeded in showing us some of the novel's greatest depths." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times Book Review

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"Funny and very refreshing." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Curious, humorous, didactic and dazzling.... It contains more human interest and play of fancy than most fiction." The New Yorker

Review:

"Erudite....After reading de Botton's book, one will savor Proust with fresh wonder and gratitude." The Washington Post

Review:

"A lively, original guide to living, and... an engaging introduction to the life and letters of one of the century's most interesting fictional thinkers... literary criticism wearing its slyest disguise since Julian Barnes's Flaubert's Parrot." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"One of my favorite books of the year.... Seriously cheeky, cheekily serious." Julian Barnes

Review:

"A witty, elegant book that helps us learn what reading is for." Doris Lessing

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Alain de Botton was born in 1969. He is the author of the novels On Love, The Romantic Movement, and Kiss and Tell; his work has been translated into sixteen languages. He lives in Washington, D.C., and London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679779155
Author:
de Botton, Alain
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Alain de Botton
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Proust, marcel, 1871-1922
Subject:
Proust, Marcel
Subject:
French wit and humor
Subject:
Humor
Subject:
Proust, Marcel - Humor
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
133 ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.98x5.20x.60 in. .50 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679779155 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It's a real pleasure to read someone who treats this sacrosanct subject as something that is still vital and vigorous."
"Review" by , "[A] delightfully original work of literary criticism.... By characterizing In Search of Lost Time with amusing superficiality, he has succeeded in showing us some of the novel's greatest depths."
"Review" by , "Funny and very refreshing."
"Review" by , "Curious, humorous, didactic and dazzling.... It contains more human interest and play of fancy than most fiction."
"Review" by , "Erudite....After reading de Botton's book, one will savor Proust with fresh wonder and gratitude."
"Review" by , "A lively, original guide to living, and... an engaging introduction to the life and letters of one of the century's most interesting fictional thinkers... literary criticism wearing its slyest disguise since Julian Barnes's Flaubert's Parrot."
"Review" by , "One of my favorite books of the year.... Seriously cheeky, cheekily serious."
"Review" by , "A witty, elegant book that helps us learn what reading is for."
"Synopsis" by , 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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