How Proust Can Change Your Life (AudioBook)
By Alain de Botton
Publisher: CSA WORD | 31 Jan 2005 | ISBN-10: 1904605303 | MP3 | 75.22 MB
Alain de Botton has written a highly amusing yet informative book which really does tell you everything you wanted to know about Proust but were afraid to ask! Taking as its starting point the life of the celebrated French writer and eccentric, this book shows how your life can be 'improved' via his work, with advice such as 'How To Suffer Successfully', 'How To Be Happy In Love' etc. Samuel West's brilliant and spirited reading includes a 15-second precis of all 7 volumes of the novel "In Search Of Lost Time" ("A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu) inspired by the unforgettable Monty Python sketch "The All England Summarize Proust Competition"! You''ll learn from this tape - but you'll laugh while you're doing it!
Summary: Excellent Read!
Unlike Marcel Proust, Alain de Botton does not beat around the bush! While Proust's ideas dance around the verbosity of the ordinary, I'm more impressed with Alain de Botton's lesson of understanding and appreciating the seemingly banal. As the director of a Philosophy department, Practical Philosophy might as well be Botton's specialty. His many books on similar topics are witty and fun musings into the nature of reality. His many works range from the abstractions of love to the joy of travel, and even the meaning of work! I recommend this and all his books.
Summary: Marcel Proust was a Big Tipper and Wrote a Long Book
Well, that was not the point of the author's book but I couldn't think of a better title. Botton tells us how Proust's life and writing can be a guide towards better living, particularly in such areas as friendships and appreciating life more. Proust was physically ill most of his life, suffering from asthma and other ailments. He wrote his magnus opus while lying in bed in a dark room. In many ways, he could be considered an odd character - going out in spring with three sweaters and a fur coat, regularly giving waiters a 200% tip. Botton finds self-help wisdom from Proust's observations, many found in Proust's novel In Search of Lost Time: Proust 6-pack (Proust Complete), where he gives expression to feelings and emotions for which most of us could not find words. For example, he portrays characters who dismiss the objects of their frustrations as if they never cared about them to begin with, rather than admitting the disappoinment and responding in a more productive way. Botton includes lessons learned like this for every chapter. Botton's work differs from other so called self-help books in that the wisdom is arrived at via biography, anecdote and literature, not in the usual Ten Rules of... or Seven Habits of... style, but in a manner that requires the reader and self-help seeker to ponder and ruminate before accessing the pearl of wisdom. I did not necessarily "get" all of them, but perhaps this is the best way to achieve lasting change, by "getting" the advice through the time capsule of reflection rather than via the instant results of cliches.
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