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How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a Novel…
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How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a Novel (1997 original; edició 1999)

de Alain De Bottom (Autor), Samuel West (Reader)

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The starting point of How Proust can change your Life is that a great novel can be nothing less than life-transforming. This is an unusual claim: our education system, while stressing that novels are highly worthwhile, rarely investigates why this is so. How Proust can change your Life takes Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time as the basis for a sustained investigation into the power and significance of literature. Proust's novel, almost a byword for obscurity and irrelevance, emerges as an invaluable source of insight into the workings of love, society, art and the meaning of existence.The book reveals Proust's thoughts on how to revive a relationship, choose a good doctor, enjoy a holiday, make friends and respond to insult. A vivid portrait of the eccentric yet deeply sympathetic author is built up out of extracts from his letters, essays and fiction and is combined with a commentary on the power of literature to change our lives. A self-help book like few others.… (més)
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Títol:How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a Novel
Autors:Alain De Bottom (Autor)
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How Proust Can Change Your Life de Alain de Botton (1997)

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  betty_s | Nov 28, 2023 |
Totally delightful. Wanders through Proust in such a way that I immediately bought a copy of "in Remembrance of Times Past" to read alongside this thin but thoughtful book.

Lovely. I went in search of more by Alain de Boton in search of more of his cleverness, but did not find as much joy in "How to think more about sex", though his pithy writing is fun there, too.

So, off to the big book next.... ( )
  Dabble58 | Nov 11, 2023 |
Many thanks to my reading trio friend Elaine Elinson for introducing me to this book as a good companion to Proust's Swann's Way. I found Botton's book to be funny, illuminating, thoughtful and a page turner. Reading this has definitely added a new dimension to my thoughts on "Swann's Way" and what Proust was trying to do, as well as giving me lots to think about in general regarding how we engage with the world and artistic representations of it. The biggest take-away for me is the message--Proust's message and Botton's--that our lives are enormously enriched if we take the time to actually see what is around us and not gloss over what seem to be details or substitute someone else' view/vision as an unconscious time saver to do look carefully ourselves. ( )
  lschiff | Sep 24, 2023 |
I recently finished reading my first Proust novel and found it so unlike any other novel that I had read that I was keen to understand more about what Proust was hoping to achieve.

This book is quite short but it shines a light on how Proust thought, his views on literature and his attempts to shake people out of their complacency. M. de Botton draws not just upon In Search of Lost Time but also letters, diaries and recollections by people who knew Proust.

One of the abiding themes of Proust's writing is how familiarity deadens our powers of observation, that constant association reduces our ability to see things as they truly are.

After reading this book I have a new found appreciation of Proust and will almost certainly read the remainder of his great work in a different light. ( )
  Cotswoldreader | May 20, 2023 |
slow down and observe life as Proust did
  ritaer | Jul 22, 2021 |
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One doesn't usually think of Marcel Proust as the author of a great self-help book. Unless of course what you admire most about ''Remembrance of Things Past'' is its usefulness for killing huge amounts of time.

Alain de Botton, a novelist, doesn't take quite such a crassly utilitarian view in his delightfully original work of literary criticism, ''How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a Novel.'' But he does come close in places. For instance, in Chapter 3, called ''How to Take Your Time,'' he points out that one reaction to the great length of Proust's famous novel was the ''All-England Summarize Proust Competition,'' once presented by the Monty Python troupe in the belief, as Mr. de Botton puts it, that ''what had originally taken seven volumes to express could reasonably be condensed into 15 seconds or less, without too great a loss of integrity or meaning, if only an appropriate candidate could be found.'' . . .
 

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The starting point of How Proust can change your Life is that a great novel can be nothing less than life-transforming. This is an unusual claim: our education system, while stressing that novels are highly worthwhile, rarely investigates why this is so. How Proust can change your Life takes Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time as the basis for a sustained investigation into the power and significance of literature. Proust's novel, almost a byword for obscurity and irrelevance, emerges as an invaluable source of insight into the workings of love, society, art and the meaning of existence.The book reveals Proust's thoughts on how to revive a relationship, choose a good doctor, enjoy a holiday, make friends and respond to insult. A vivid portrait of the eccentric yet deeply sympathetic author is built up out of extracts from his letters, essays and fiction and is combined with a commentary on the power of literature to change our lives. A self-help book like few others.

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