How Proust Can Change Your Life has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Words Are Your HomelandOne of the most important deficiencies i. ‘What a marvellous book this is de Botton dissects what [Proust] had to say about friendship, reading, looking carefully, paying attention taking your time. How Proust Can Change Your Life puts Proust into a witty and wonderful package. As its subtitle reveals, Alain de Botton’s book is “Not a Novel.” Instead, it’s a.

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Review of ‘How Proust Can Change Your Life’

It is only a symptom of a larger problem I feel we may posses when looking back on the past. May 01, Evanston Public Library added it. Paperbackpages.

You do not need to have read Proust’s masterpiece to follow de Botton’s references. He was so modest that he praised the texts of his friends even if they didn’t deserve praise.

How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton

In the end they might even hope to deliver something that will be give their readers hints of how to live, how to love, how to suffer, and how to slow down and SEE the world. It’s a style of writing that has been termed a ‘philosophy of everyday life. The pressure is on me to actually read Proust, but I just can’t bear it, I can’t let go of my desperation for writing to go somewhere, with some pace, or at least mesmerise me with eloquence, like Woolf’s ‘The Waves’. Jul 10, Matt Evans rated it it was amazing.


While this did not prevent him from serving a year in the French army and, later, pursuing an active social life among a wide circle of friends, his physical exertions were few and his constitution so fearfully unreliable that he judged himself unable to engage in the practice of a standard profession.

How Proust can change your Life – Alain de Botton

We feel the ideas of some great Authors, Philosophers and Artists hold the keys to understanding life in some great unknown fashion. Now, there’s another alternative. How much meaning was missed? Here’s my best advice: At the risk of horrifying Proust aficionados I must admit that I did not read this book as a precursor to reading Proust, or even as a pleasurable supplement to his writings, but rather I read it instead of reading Proust.

Proust himself had some very caustic views about friendship; did not believe the exalted claims for the benefits of conversation with friends – that it gives us the chance to express our deepest selves.

The mere names of provincial stations provided Proust’s imagination with material to elaborate entire worlds.

This is simultaneously obvious and unpalatable. In just under pages, de Botton gives readers the essence of Proust while offering his own quirky views on the perils of living.

He can be contacted by email directly via www. How to Put Books Down Reflections on reading. So the French author sits, dipping his madeleine in tea, filling space on dusty shelves.


He’s clear and often amusing in the points he makes. This applies to all aspects of human life: In its linguistic brevity lige is apt but rather un-Proustian: Please try again later. Critical, and closer to the crux of the problem as he saw it, was the way so many people were racing through the experience of living. I don’t know what anyone else will think of this book, but I’ll never enjoy reading a book more.

I was given this novel by a friend when visiting their flat in London.

A Strangely Claustrophobic Experience: Each of these has been shown to be dangerously biased and incomplete by yet more efficient inquiry. How to Be Happy in Love He wasn’t good at this.

Remembrance of Things Past is much more than seven hefty novels; it’s a museum, a world, a universe yor insight.

Yet modern readers barely have time to read their e-mail, let alone tackle a million word masterpiece. Meanwhile, Botton’s ideas on life and humans are weird indeed.

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