How Proust Can Change Your Life
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How Proust Can Change Your Life

By (author) Alain de Botton

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'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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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • 09 Apr 1998
  • Pan MacMillan
  • PICADOR
  • London
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0330354914
  • 9780330354912
  • 1,857

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Alain de Botton is the author of eight bestselling books including The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel and Essays in Love. He was born in 1969 and lives in London. For more information, consult: www.alaindebotton.com.

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What can we learn from a reclusive mummy's-boy who spent the last 12 years of his life closeted like an anchorite in a cork-lined study? Anything that's worth knowing, as these elegant essays point out. Whether or not to let a friend know what's on your mind, for instance, and why it is good for the soul if your loved one refuses to meet you for dinner. Alain de Botton clearly knows his Proust back to front, but he wears his knowledge lightly and writes with wit and verve. More fun than any number of tantric sex manuals and better for you to boot. (Kirkus UK)

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