- Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (7 Aug. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141036737
- ISBN-13: 978-0141036731
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.7 x 18.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Days of Reading (Penguin Great Ideas) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Aug 2008
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Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922) is now generally viewed as the greatest French novelist and perhaps the greatest European novelist of the 20th century. He lived much of his later life as a reclusive semi-invalid in a sound-proofed flat in Paris giving himself over entirely to writing In Search of Lost Time.
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Rather however than complain on I will give one small sample from the work which will show why presenting it nonetheless a worthwhile enterprise.
"If we grow intellectually, our liking for books grows also, its dangers ,as we have seen, are reducted.An original mind is able to subordinate its reading to its own personal activity. For it, reading is merely the noblest of distractions, above all the most ennobling , for reading and knowledge alone make for a ' well- mannered' mind. We can only develop the power of our sensibility and intellect in ourselves in the depths of our spiritual lives. But it is in this contact with other minds that is reading that the 'ways' of our minds are inculcated. In spite of everything, the well- read remain the intellectual 'quality' as it were, and not to know a particular book, or a particular item of literary knowledge, will always be, even in a man of genius, a mark of intellectual ill- breeding. In the order of the mind too, distraction and nobility consist in a sort of freemasonry of usage and a heritage of traditions."pp 85
I would recommend this to intellectually inclined readers who enjoy art or the Decadent Movement (late 19th-century) or Art Nouveau, etc.
It would also help if they added an explanatory notes section, since a lot of the places and newspaper writers or art critics are particular to Marcel Proust's epoch (1870's – 1920's).
Charles Baudelaire Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil)
Octave Mirbeau (The Torture Garden)
Alfred Kubin The Other Side (1909)
Arthur Rimbaud Illuminations (1874)