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How Proust Can Change Your Life [MP3 CD]

Alain de Botton
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12 Nov 2012
Everything you always wanted to know about Marcel Proust but were afraid to ask. A witty biography of Proust which combines as a 'self-help' book with advice on How to Love Life, How to be a Good Friend, How to be Happy in Love at the same time giving the listener a strong insight into the life of Proust.
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing; MP3 Una edition (12 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743141319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743141311
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 821,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alain de Botton is the author of Essays in Love (1993), The Romantic Movement (1994), Kiss and Tell (1995), How Proust can Change your Life (1997), The Consolations of Philosophy (2000) The Art of Travel (2002), Status Anxiety (2004) and most recently, The Architecture of Happiness (2006).

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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: --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Simple Reminder Of Simple Truths 3 Oct 2004
I like this book very much and have read it several times. It's not really about Proust, it is about looking at the world like Proust. It is a simple reminder of the sort things we miss in life when we are immersed in the hurry-scurry of the rat-race. So if I'm a bit fed-up, I take up this book and learn to take a breath, while seeing the world afresh. I find the section on the portayal of everyday things in art, particularly inspiring and up-lifting. Its about appreciating the things that were always there but we fail to see. I recommend it highly.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to appreciate the simple things 9 Aug 2007
Reading anything by de Botton I feel a serenity descend upon me. His writing seems to have a soothing effect and this book was no different.

In "How Proust can change your life" he takes the wisdom to be found in the novels of Proust and shows how they can help us to live better lives. Or perhaps to make us aware that we live better lives than we think.

There are sections on how to love life, read for yourself, take your time, suffer succesfully, express your emotions, be a good friend, open your eyes, be happy in love and put books down.

I loved this book and it has made me feel I can read Proust and appreciate it properly. Swann's Way is next for me and I am looking forward to it with anticipation. But whether you intend to read Proust or not this book is well worth reading.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Are you tired of self-help manuals? Is that because the authors often seem to need help themselves? Or they all spout the same buzzwords and clichés? Or they are banal and boring? It sounds as if you are all self-help-manualed-out. Perhaps you need something different. Try Marcel Proust, revered master of exquisite expression and luminous prose. In Search of Lost Time, also called Remembrance of Things Past, Proust's one-and-a-quarter-million-word magnum opus, does not contain a trite sentence or conventional thought. You can learn much about living from such a profound genius, including how to spend your time, how to see and feel things, and why, sometimes, it is best just to stay in bed. Alain de Botton is your witty, often hilarious guide, providing valuable life lessons from Proust's writings and thoughts. getAbstract finds this ingenious, utterly original treatment thoroughly enjoyable. Wishing you the same.
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172 of 181 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is it really so bad? 23 Dec 1998
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Let me start by saying that I sleep well at night and don't pretend to have the vaguest clue about some of the great writers of literature. Now that I've established my honesty and credibility, maybe I can say a few words about this book. Personally, I think the author wouldn't be such a bad fellow to know. I like the way he segmented the book and described relevant portions of Proust. I am a soldier and spend a lot of time in the field; currently in a part of the world which is undergoing an uneasy truce. I read whatever I can get my hands on and am tired of the muscle and skin magazines, car magazines, etc., which is the normal fare. When a book like this comes along, which is fairly easy to read and digest and more importantly, makes me want to attempt the real thing, then I don't think it's such a bad book and certainly not deserving of one or two stars. As for re-evaluating life's experiences, I hope that I can sit back one day and use a "Proustian" view to re-examine my current experiences; something which I have not been able to do as I've only been able to react. That is probably the biggest lesson and the irony of the whole Proust phenomenon, that is, from his bed, he observes with the utmost clarity, the most minute activities of a day, while the rest of us are busy living and missing out on these subtleties and insights into ourselves.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars de Botton on top form 21 Jun 2007
There is a section in this fantastic, unique work in which de Botton describes Proust's fanatical devotion to John Ruskin, the English art critic, an admiration which verged on infatuation. This book reveals that de Botton feels much the same way about Proust. Happily, the reader is left in absolutely no doubt as to why the author feels that way so insightful are the observations and so pertinent are the excerpts from "In Search of Lost Time". In fact, those without the time to read Proust's masterpiece (that is, almost everyone) will find no better synthesis of that great novel, and no more persuasive illustration of Proust's brilliance.

The whole experience is truly life-changing and, whilst the title does not reveal this, de Botton himself deserves some of the credit for that too.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect understanding of Proust 25 Sep 2001
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The author gives you Proust boiled down to its richest essence (and rich it is!) but without the usual idolising of the mere words that Proust wrote. Once you've read this book you'll have an understanding of how to see life like Proust without letting the trees get in the way of seeing the forest.
This book also has the most perfect last line I've ever read...
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 18 Jan 2000
A sublime book, short and exceptionally easy to read. Yet despite that, de Botton's commentary on Proust's observations on life is well-observed, funny and true. Proust snobs may sniffily suggest this book has no insights to offer that you wouldn't be better getting from In Search Of Lost Time itself, but I would have never found the perseverance to get through the first volume of Proust's novel had I not read this book first. It prepares you for what to expect (the long, rambling sentences with innumerable subordinate clauses) and signals points of interest to watch out for along the way (for instance, the madeleine). After completing volume 1, I was still unsure about whether I wanted to persevere with the other 5 volumes, but re-reading de Botton's gem rekindled my enthusiasm and I'm now half-way through volume 2.
If you ever wanted to read Proust but have never been able to summon up the courage (or if you wondered where the plot for the movie 'Last Night' came from), read this. You'll love it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reviews were great but . . .
I purchased this mainly because of the commendations on the published book. I have not yet finished it, and by the time I do, I may change my mind about the rating, but it is a... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Byzantium
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny and unexpected
Good for anyone wanting an idea of Proust 's thoughts. Not sure if it made me want to read him or not read him though !!!
Published 1 month ago by monika gilbert-manning
5.0 out of 5 stars book
Interesting reading, it has not changed my view of Proust which I have always thought extremely boring. The seller experience was very good.
Published 2 months ago by arlette romaine
2.0 out of 5 stars A pain in De Botton.
Monsieur De Botton is a darling of the chattering classes in that he allows people to talk over dinner tables about books he has read for them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Devil's Advocate
3.0 out of 5 stars But not for the better
Alain de Botton is obviously a Proust fan. But reading this book made me sympathise with the reaction of publishers when La Recerche du Temps Perdu first appeared - that it was a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A W Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
A very pleasant book indeed but not in the same level as some of his other work. Nevertheless, an enjoyable and interesting read.
Published 9 months ago by Gra & Co
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
What a very good read this was. Having read Swann's Way to date, I shall read the other volumes of the work with greater perception and insight. Read more
Published 11 months ago by The squirrel
2.0 out of 5 stars style over substance
sadly disappointing - although elegantly expressed, his observations were ultimately crude and his attempt to relate each one to modern life somehow forced. a shame.
Published 13 months ago by avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks great on my shelf.
I got this because I thought reading it would make me smarter. So far it has been on my shelf for a year and despite me not reading it, people think I have, so I look smarter... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Harry_Bristol
4.0 out of 5 stars Because....
If you want something to help you sleep, this is it! Its interesting waffle and sleep happens quickly every time I pick it up! Its genius!!!!!
Published 15 months ago by Fiona Cullen
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