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Proust at the Majestic by Richard Davenport-Hines
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May 23, 11

Read in May, 2011

I called it a day after about 1/3 of this book. It really felt like the author found the interesting historical footnote of a party that Picasso, Joyce, and Proust were all at the same party. And then he sold the book proposal. And then realized that there really wasn't enough here for a book. And realized he still had a contract for a book, so compiled some very basic and previously-known biographical facts about Proust and the other guests, then strung them along in chronological order.

There was no beating heart to this book. And for a book about Proust, that's offensive. Fie on you, sir! For shame!
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message 1: by Brigitte (new)

Brigitte Oooooooh...


message 2: by Brigitte (new)

Brigitte Bummer!! I think that's the dinner that James Joyce was supposed to be at as well. They said like two words to each other. It's a wonderfully romantic idea though.


Sketchbook Review is : poppycock.


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