How Proust Can Change Your Life

Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres literary biography and self help manual in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life.Who would have thought that Marcel Proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to live life Proust understood that the essence andAlain de Botton combines two unlikely genres literary biography and self help manual in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life.Who would have thought that Marcel Proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to live life Proust understood that the essence and value of life was the sum of its everyday parts As relevant today as they were at the turn of the century, Proust s life and work are transformed here into a no nonsense guide to, among other things, enjoying your vacation, reviving a relationship, achieving original and unclich d articulation, being a good host, recognizing love, and understanding why you should never sleep with someone on a first date It took de Botton to find the inspirational in Proust s essays, letters and fiction and, perhaps even surprising, to draw out a vivid and clarifying portrait of the master from between the lines of his work.Here is Proust as we have never seen or read him before witty, intelligent, pragmatic He might well change your life.
How Proust Can Change Your Life Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres literary biography and self help manual in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life Who would have thought that Marcel Prou

  • Title: How Proust Can Change Your Life
  • Author: Alain de Botton
  • ISBN: 9780679779155
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. My wife and I fell in love reading this book together (way back in September/October 2002). I don't know what anyone else will think of this book, but I'll never enjoy reading a book more. B and I left a note on Proust's grave when we visited Paris on our honeymoon. He is the (gay) patron saint of our marital union. Here's my best advice: read this book with a loved one.

    2. At the risk of horrifying Proust aficionados I must admit that I did not read this book as a precursor to reading Proust, or even as a pleasurable supplement to his writings, but rather I read it instead of reading Proust. I have tried Proust in the past and I have failed.Well, this book has come to my rescue, and I loved it. Not only did Alain de Botten explore and celebrate Proust's foibles and philosophies as a writer - he also gave us a fascinating picture of the man. We warm to Proust, we a [...]

    3. می گن سعی کنید زیارت بدون معرفت نکنید، سعی کنید جایگاه مَزور رو بشناسید.به خاطر همین، من هم بلافاصله بعد از تموم کردن جلد اول "در جستجوی" رفتم و این کتاب رو خریدم که پروست خوانی بی معرفت نکنم. بدونم دنبال چه مضامینی باشم و چشمم برای چه نکاتی تیز باشه. قبلاً ریویوهای مثبت زیادی از [...]

    4. پروست با اون هفت جلد کتاب مشهورش لااقل برای من کلی اسرار آمیز و دست نیافتنی به نظر میاد. به خاطر همینه که تو کتابفروشی ممکنه با خودتون بگین درسته "در جستجوی زمان از دست رفته" رو حالا حالاها نمی تونم بخونم ولی "پروست چگونه می تواند زندگی شما را دگرگون کند" رو که میشه خوندبا خیال را [...]

    5. With the gentlest possible mockery, de Botton makes a compelling case for celebrating and learning from an unlikely teacher: Marcel Proust. Here is some of his adviceLive passionately because we might die any timeLook for the familiar in art; be sensitised by it and improve your ability to notice and describe, and thus be at home everywhere; expand understanding of people's emotional depthsLearn from suffering, relish the insight it offers, use it to growBe honest about your feelings and attempt [...]

    6. Okurken gülümseten, oldukça keyifli bir kitap. Proust okumadan önce okunursa Proust merakınızı, sempatinizi artıracağından eminim.

    7. قلم دوباتن همیشه خوب و گیرا و نکته‌سنجه. توی این کتاب با پروست آشنات می‌کنه و چیز یاد می‌ده بهت. من شاید بیش از هر چیز از نوع نگاه کردن توی این کتاب خوشم اومد. راه درست نگاه کردن رو باید تمرین کرد و یاد گرفت. شاید تنها راه نجات از افسردگی همین باشه (+یکم سیتالوپرام)علاوه بر همه ای [...]

    8. A few years ago someone pointed out to me that the words "envy" and "jealousy" mean slightly different things; in the first case, the word implies only that you want something someone else has, whereas the second also includes the idea that you have a just claim to the desired object. Having said that, I would say that I am jealous of Alain de Botton rather than envying him; I mean, does this guy say anything deeper than what I spout off after a few glasses of wine? This little book contains suc [...]

    9. تكمن جاذبية كتاب "كيف يستطيع مارسيل بروست ان يغير حياتك" في كونه يخلط الفكر العميق بأدق تفاصيل مشاعرنا مع تحرر الكاتب من أي رهبة أو زيف يجبره على التمثيل بأنه مثقف نخبوي يترفع عن النزول لمستوى الناس العاديين. أو ادعاء أنه مصلح تنويري أو اجتماعي او إداري يحمل في جعبته خير البشر [...]

    10. Written by Alain de Botton, How Proust Can Change Your Life is something of a conundrum. The book is at once a piece of literary criticism and a self-help book, and at the same time neither of those. That is, it analyzes the literature and life of Marcel Proust and is structured in the regular "how to" fashion of self-help manuals (with chapter titles such as "How to Suffer Successfully" and "How to Be a Good Friend"), but unlike most contemporary literary criticism it is written for a public au [...]

    11. I just read that Oscar Wilde, when asked to provide a list of the “100 greatest books”, divided the list into three categories: books to be read, books to be reread, and books (overly praised) to be avoided at all costs. After 15 years I just REREAD de Botton’s book, and I can report that it’s definitely worth putting in the second category. As expected, I had forgotten much of my first reading, and now I’m trying to decide if de Botton’s nine chapter headings, each beginning with [...]

    12. This is a wryly humorous book, written with tongue firmly in cheek. The author uses a ‘Self-Help’ layout to unveil both a short biography of Proust himself and to incorporate the writer’s thoughts to show us how to appreciate his work and life in general. There are chapters on how to Love Life, Read for Yourself, Take Your Time, Suffer Successfully, Express Your Emotions, Be a Good Friend, Open Your Eyes, Be Happy in Love and Put Books Down.Along the way we read of Proust’s meeting with [...]

    13. An interesting book, with a misleading title. It is NOT about how Proust will change your life. Rather, it is a book exploring various themes in Proust's life and writings, some of which may parallel your own experiences, and some of which might explain some types of behavior. The book is often insightful and clever, but ultimately I was a little disappointed, as the author often opted for superficiality to make his point. This book could have been so much better if it had not been hampered by t [...]

    14. ***** It Didn't Change My Life Unfortunately *****Forewarning, this is quite a biased review that simply speaks from my experience of reading this novel, it's content very well may not apply to you. I feel I may have gone off the deep end without meaning to (considering this was a book I read on the side of others). Please still consider picking this book up.***************************************************I have to admit, this is the first book I've actually struggled to complete this year du [...]

    15. Anotação no diário de Virginia Woolf em 1928 após terminar “Orlando”:Começo a ler Proust depois do jantar e, em seguida, paro. Esse é o pior momento de todos. Fico com vontade de me suicidar. Parece não restar mais nada a fazer. Tudo parece insípido e sem valor.Porquê?Como confidencia Woolf a Roger Fry:Minha grande aventura é, na verdade, Proust. Bem, o que ainda resta ser escrito depois daquilo? Como alguém finalmente solidificou o que sempre se esvaiu – e o transformou nessa s [...]

    16. "Proust said the great momments - like when he ate the madeleine dipped in tea - are those when we escape time. We do what we do in the present but we experience the same action in the past. Thus we are nowhere, neither in past nor present, the miracle of an analogy has freed us from the lockstep of time. He does not explain why this freedom should be so desireable, but presumably it is because time moves in only one direction, toward weakness and death. We embrace the things that allow us to tr [...]

    17. If you think that a lazy, hypochondriacal, long-winded 19th Century French fancy man can have no relevance to your everyday life, then this book may just change your mind. No prior knowledge of Proust or his epic, seven volume novel In Search of Lost Time is necessary in order to read and enjoy this book, which falls somewhere between the realms of biography, lit crit, and self-help manual. In between sprinklings of delightfully odd facts from Proust’s life, De Botton analyzes the man’s noto [...]

    18. ابتدا در نظرم كتاب جالبي نبود و فكر مي كردم خواندنش بسيار خسته كننده باشد اما زماني كه مشغول مطالعه شدم با نقد زيباي آلن دو باتن در مورد شخصيت،نامه ها و رمان پروست؛مجذوب پروست شدم و با شخصيت عجيبش آشنا شدم.در اين كتاب دوباتن تعدادي از شخصيت هاي مهم رمان و هم چنين قسمت هايي از رم [...]

    19. Marcel Proust was not built for speed. His health was poor due in large part to a severe asthmatic condition he developed as a child and struggled with throughout his maturity. While this did not prevent him from serving a year in the French army and, later, pursuing an active social life among a wide circle of friends, his physical exertions were few and his constitution so fearfully unreliable that he judged himself unable to engage in the practice of a standard profession. A brilliant mind, h [...]

    20. كتاب داره مارو با ديد پروست به زندگى آشنا ميكنه و با اشاره هايى به كتاب در جستجوى زمان از دست رفته؛ ما رو به خوندنش ترغيب ميكنه، چند بخش كتاب خيلى برام جالب بود، ولى در كل دو كتاب قبلى دوباتن رو بيشتر دوست داشتم

    21. Çok değerli bir kitap diye incelememe başlayayım. Proust'u anlamak için özellikle Kayıp Zamanın İzinde serisini okumaya başlamadan mutlaka gözden geçirilmesi gereken bir eser. Bir çok sayfaya yerimi koydum. Seriyi henüz tamamlamadan bu kitabı okuma şansım olduğu için çok mutluyum. Diğer kitaplara daha farklı bir gözle bakabileceğim. Örnek olması bağlamında seçtiğim bir kaç alıntıyı burada paylaşayım: #1 "Bir şeye ikinci kez bakmanın getirdiği mutluluk Prous [...]

    22. A night On the roofMy head is thinking laboriously Brambles and thickets of triviality Orange figures dance merrilyIn the bitter cold Seeing it ceaselesslyGratitude entersImprinting a markAuspicious.

    23. بزرگداشت واقعیِ پروست می تواند این باشد که به جهان خودمان از طریق دیدگان او بنگریم و نه به جهان او از دیدگان خودمان .

    24. خواندم که عطشم برای خوندن شاهکار پروست بخوابه، بیشتر شد!

    25. أهذا هو الكتاب الذي فضلته على بولجاكوف ونيتشه وهنتر ميد وشوية فلاسفة تانيين؟

    26. آلن دو باتن نویسنده خوبی است. به خصوص که میتواند به ما «روش خواندن و فهمیدن» هر کتابی را توضیح دهد. به واقع ممکن است بدون خواندن مقدمه دوباتن بر کتاب «درجستجوی زمان از دست رفته» سراسر این اثر برایمان خسته کننده و بی روح و حوصله بر باشد. دوباتن از درس های پروست می گوید و به زیبایی [...]

    27. Sometimes it's the book you grab at the last second--not the books you came to the library for--that you end up sitting up with all night long. Afterwards, sat outside with Mickey and reminisced about our childhood and what we expected from the future.Also, that what we really wanted at 2 a.m. was a truckstop-black, piping hot coffee"Yeah, me too! Why is that?" We bothwe both get that craving at 2 a.m.Earlier, I picked up my copy of the new John Vanderslice album from Barnes & Noble (the rec [...]

    28. یکی از کتابهای خیلی خوبی که این مدت خوندمبرای خوندن این کتاب لازم نیست درجست و جوی زمان از دست رفته ی پروست رو خونده باشین البته ه قطعا مشتاق میشین بخونین.با خوندن این کتاب هم با پروست آشنا میشید هم اینکه توصیه های عملی راجع به زندگی که دو‌باتن از خلال داستان و شخصیت پروست بیرو [...]

    29. Having had In Search of Lost Time on my to read list for a while, but not wanting to dive into the deep, very unknown depths, I read this for guidance. And Botton as usual makes some very interesting insights while covering many of the themes, so served well as guide. Thing is, after dipping the toe in, I no longer want to read Proust's seminal work. I think Botton was able to condense what I would likely find an excruciating reading experience.

    30. How can Proust change my life? Well, he probably can't.I have read this book with one purpose in mind: to determine whether to start reading Proust at all. You see, I find it difficult to abandon books, and if a book is famous, the problem is even greater: whenever someone mentions it, I'll remember I haven't finished it and maybe I should.Luckily, Alain de Botton saved me: I vaguely remembered his name as being "famous", so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and have some famous philoso [...]

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