- Also check our best rated Biography reviews
A Year of Reading Proust Paperback – 1 Jan 1998
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Phyllis Rose's books include Woman of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf, the highly acclaimed Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages, which established her as a biographer of the first rank, and Jazz Cleopatra, a biography of Josephine Baker. She has been on the faculty of Wesleyan University since 1969. She lives in Middletown, Connecticut, New York City, and Key West, Florida.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
But the main thing, which left a somewhat nasty taste, was the author's seeming inability to really tell us about what happened when she had an affair with a married man in France (the husband of a friend) and her role in the break-up of his marriage. We're told about the advice from a friend -- that if you meet the man of your dreams and he is "the one", go for it, whatever the cost -- as if that gave her right to do anything, including giving him an ultimatum that if he didn't leave his wife and follow her to the US she would never see him again. We're told she felt anger towards the rival whose life she was destroying. And later, when she finally meets her new brother-in-law and she tells him how much she has suffered and he forgives her, she is outraged to find that she is thought of as a person who needs to be forgiven! Where's the analysis, where's the self-knowledge? This may be carping about an otherwise fascinating book, but I felt this destroyed somewhat the reason for, and lessons learned, from reading Proust in the first place
Rose has almost inspired me to give Proust a try...