Language: English | Number of Pages: 224 | Format: Paperback | In other languages: (other languages) Portuguese , French , German , Italian , Korean , Spanish , Slovenian

Isbn-10: 0330354914 | Isbn-13: 9780330354912 | Publish date:  | Edition Abridged Ed

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Category: Biography , Fiction & Literature , Philosophy

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'What a marvellous book this is ...de Botton dissects what [Proust] had to say about friendship, reading, looking carefully, paying attention taking your time, being alive and adds his own delicious commentary. The result is an intoxicating as it is wise, amusing as well as stimulating, and presented in so fresh a fashion as to be unique ...I could not stop, and now much start all over again.' Brian Masters, Mail on Sunday 'De Botton not only has a complete understanding of Proust's life ...but what is particularly charming about this small, readable book is its tongue-in-cheek benignity, its lightly held erudition and its generous way of lending itself to what is not only the greatest book of the century but also the darkest and the most eccentric' Edmund White, Observer 'It contains more human interest and play of fancy than most fiction ...de Botton, in emphasizing Proust's healing, advisory aspects, does us the service of rereading him on our behalf, providing of that vast sacred lake a sweet and lucid distillation.' John Updike, New Yorker 'De Botton's little book is so charming, amusing and sensible that it may even itself change your life.'
Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph 'This engaging book is one of the most entertaining pieces of literary criticism I have read in a long while.' Sunday Telegraph 'A very enjoyable book' Sebastian Faulks
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    Temo che Alain de Botton sia più furbo che santo: questo breve saggio è un'introduzione alla vita, all'opera (la Recherche, ovviamente) e alla filosofia di Proust. Niente di trascendentale, specialmen ...continue

    Temo che Alain de Botton sia più furbo che santo: questo breve saggio è un'introduzione alla vita, all'opera (la Recherche, ovviamente) e alla filosofia di Proust. Niente di trascendentale, specialmente per quanto riguarda i distillati di sapienza proustiana: non arrivano ad essere frasi fatte, ma ci si avvicinano abbastanza da risultare un pochino imbarazzanti, specie messe a fianco all'antipatia di Proust per un simile linguaggio. In ogni caso, il suo sporco lavoro lo fa: intrattiene, e aiuta a conoscere Proust e forse incuriosisce e spinge alla lettura della Recherche. Che, tuttavia, richiedere tutto un altro tipo di equipaggiamento, a mio avviso.

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