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Proust Among the Stars

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
For many, Proust is the supreme European writer of the twentieth century. This book tackles his achievement head-on. Art, death, sex, politics, loss, guilt, morality--Proust's major themes are revealed and explained here.

"Proust Among the Stars" is a matchless close reading of "Remembrance of Things Past" and a lesson in how to read the great books profitably and pleasurab
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 7th 2000 by Columbia University Press (first published August 3rd 1998)
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Nick Wellings
Dec 31, 2012 Nick Wellings rated it it was amazing
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This delightful book really is something of a critical tour de force.

Bowie achieves the rare combination of saying new things about an old book - his obvious critical skill becomes transposed into poetic, elegant investigations. Expositions become breathtaking and thrilling. His explorations of themes such as Death, Art, Morality and Time in ISOLT become artful in themselves.

This is glorious criticism. A truly wonderful look at ISOLT and a real "must have" for any fan of Proust's masterpiece.
Paul Valente
Sep 18, 2014 Paul Valente rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written literary criticism. The book itself has an almost artistic genius about it in it's own right. It is very complex and many of the ideas I found difficult to grasp at times. But you come away with a renewed insight into Proust's masterpiece and a healthy respect for the academic powers of Malcolm Bowie.
Joseph Sales
Aug 10, 2011 Joseph Sales marked it as to-read praised this book glowingly. The title of the book isn't promising...I would probably have skipped this book when running my fingers along the Proust shelf at Barnes & Noble but...that's marketing I suppose.
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