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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780679779155
Branch Call Number: ANF 843.912 DEB
ANF 843.912 DEB
Characteristics: vii, 197 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Mar 05, 2019

Can a book really change your life? The title is a bit tongue in cheek, referencing both self-help books and those ridiculous books that are something like "Business Lessons from the Art of War" or "Jesus in the Boardroom." Swiss writer/philosopher Alain de Botton, who founded the School of Life, plucks life lessons from Marcel Proust, the French writer, whose "In Search of Lost Time" is one of the longest books ever written. Chapter titles include "How to be Happy in Love," "How to Suffer Successfully," and "How to Put Books Down." You'll probably want to be familiar with Proust before picking this up.
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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.

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