- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 May 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140065121
- ISBN-13: 978-0140065121
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Marcel Proust: A Biography (Peregrine books) Paperback – 26 May 1983
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Mind you, if you are wanting a short, sharp introduction to Proust then you might need to look elsewhere.
Painter's exhaustive account of Proust's life is very detailed and not for the faint-hearted. Having said that, it is absolutely fascinating and reveals the workings of this remarkable novelist's complex brain.
To my mind this is still the best biography of Marcel Proust and an absolute must for anyone seriously interested in one of the greatest novelists of all time.,
As the current only other reviewer says, you have to be interested. And fortunately for me, there were those aspects of Proust's work that provided the hook. The other reviewer also said it is essential to have read some of Proust before tackling this biography, and I hardily agree. I've read "Swann's Way," only roughly a sixth of the overall work, but it provided sufficient motivation to read all of Painter's 700 pages on Proust, even enough to struggle through the machinations in those Parisian salons. There is no question that Painter has conducted meticulous research, and has combined that with fluid prose to present what will almost certainly be the most authoritative biography of Proust. He had sufficient distance from his subject, completing it in 1959, almost 40 years after Proust's death, and has provided one more preface to this edition, 30 years later.Read more ›