How Proust Can Change your Life

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 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.

Baker & Taylor
Presents a study of Marcel Proust that combines elements of literary biography, textual analysis, and self-help manual as it examines the French writer's thoughts on true love, vacations, dating, and other issues

& Taylor

A sly self-help manual for the bookworm distills from the life and work of Marcel Proust--particularly The Remembrance of Things Past--useful directions on such subjects as cultivating friendships and sexual relations. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1998, c1997
Description: vii, 197 p
ISBN: 9780679779155
Branch Call Number: 843.09 Pro


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Oct 12, 2016

This book is full of practical and insightful ways to live a more fulfilling and happy life; wonderful and important lessons learned from Proust's novels told to us from the humble and humorous philosopher Alain De Botton. (On a side note, I highly recommend you listen to De Botton speak from one of his books or video lectures because he has a strangely soothing, soft-spoken, enchanting voice that will come alive as you read any of his books.)

Jan 28, 2016

Well structured, softly toned, witty, and humble. Includes details of Proust's life and his novel to help one live a little bit better. No notes, no bibliography or suggested reading lists included.

JCLBeckyC Aug 29, 2014

A witty little gem. So funny, even if you've never been able to get through a Proust novel.

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