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Madame Proust y la cocina kosher

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En el París de fin de siècle, Jeanne Proust, una culta mujer judía casada con un médico católico, escribe en sus libretas todo tipo de acontecimientos personales y generales, aunque el tema más recurrente es su hijo Marcel, a quien sus altas aspiraciones sociales, sus insatisfechas ambiciones literarias y su delicada salud impiden terminar de encajar de la vida burguesa de ...more
Hardcover, Colección Nuevos Tiempos. 214, 420 pages
Published 2012 by Ediciones Siruela S.A. (first published January 14th 2003)
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Felice
Jan 10, 2010 Felice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a few cover images that I am a sucker for. One of them is a kettle. Not a Ma or Pa Kettle but a boil the water kettle. I will always, always examine a book with a kettle on the cover. There was always a kettle on my Mother's stove and I love the shape of them. I guess that's the appeal. Plus I drink a lot of tea too if that counts.

Hence my picking up Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen by author Kate Taylor. Once again the power of the kettle (thank you mighty kettle) didn't let me do
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Maddy
Jun 21, 2013 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I assumed this book would be a lot fluffier than it is. It deals with some pretty heavy stuff and seems to deserve a heavier, one-or-two word name , as opposed to a character and an important symbol from two different stories (which are, of course, related).

On the whole, I liked it, though it's definitely a "tell, not show" sort of book, in that character's motivations are spelled out in narration, rather than only having their actions indicate their motivations. Telling is generally considered
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Rachelle Urist
I was sometimes confused while reading this book. The author switches voices, from one narrator to another, during the course of the story-telling. When I couldn't tell whether the narrator was Sarah, Marie, or someone else, it was frustrating. On the other hand, the research that went into the stories, particularly into the diary that Taylor creates for Mme. Proust, is spectacular. The diary entries held my attention throughout. Ditto for the story of young Sarah, sent to Canada from Paris by h ...more
Montserrat
Aug 09, 2013 Montserrat rated it liked it
La coberta de l'edició espanyola és un veritable horror. No explica ni evoca res del llibre.
Katie
Aug 01, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
helps to have read (at least some of) Remembrance of Things Past, but probably still enjoyable.
Tim Love


Sarah, born 1929, was evacuated from Paris to Canada in 1942. She was fostered by Sam and Rachael. In 1951 she returned to Paris to confirm that her Jewish parents had died. In 1956 back in Canada she married Dan Segal, son of Lionel and Clara. In 1966 they had Max, loved in vain by Marie, who goes to Paris to read the original journals of Proust's mother.

One can piece together this chronology from dates and interval-lengths mentioned in the text - the tales are told largely in parallel, dominat
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Sharon
A little hard to get into at the beginning but overall a good read.
Larry
Nov 18, 2009 Larry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finished this some time ago but failed to write a review as I don't like to be too critical but i just have to say this was a disappointment.

As one who will read anything about Proust this was a tantalizing prospect. Let me say at the outset that it is well written overall but falls down in achieving what is promised a coherent knitting together of the various threads that make up the novel. At a little shy of 500 pages I think it could have done with some serious editing, the best parts are t
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Cherop
I've had this book in my collection for a few years now. I was intrigued by the cover and the title. I only started reading it this past week and enjoyed it quite a lot. I would rate it more highly except that the story is told from the perspective of 3 women and I felt that this weakened the book overall since the story line of Marie and Max just did not work for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical diaries of Mme. Proust and this is what carried me through to the conclusion of the book. Ove ...more
Jack
Apr 22, 2009 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book. It beautifully intertwines the story of three women living in different time periods with the early years of Marcel Proust, the Dreyfuss Affair, the Holocaust, and kosher cooking. The writing is exquisite throughout, especially Mme Proust's diaries. In addition there were several places where the book spoke to me very personally and movingly.
Linda Tuplin
Interesting book, especially the diary entries and glimpse into who Proust was. But I found the characters a bit confusing as to how they fit into the overall story and had to keep reminding myself of who they were and what/why they were talking.
Susan Zinner
Jul 15, 2012 Susan Zinner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book (more than her more recent "A Good Solder") which brings together three plot threads set in different eras. I found the diaries of Mme. Proust fascinating and learned a lot about Marcel...may even consider attempting his somewhat intimidating masterpiece in the future!
Robyn
Jan 10, 2010 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite language, beautiful story--just wonderfully crafted and difficult to put down. Recommended to Francophiles, lovers of Proust, food, and Jewish history.
Kit
Apr 29, 2008 Kit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the descriptions of late 19th century Paris,Proust and the author's insights about French/English languages. I don't think the three-story structure worked very well.
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Different, hard to keep track of the changing first person
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Qué gran placer es releer!
Jodi
May 19, 2012 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
11/24/2009 The ending pulled this together beautifully and masterfully.
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