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How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
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Jun 24, 2012

it was ok
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Read from June 18 to 24, 2012

Maybe it's because I've spent so much time exploring Proust lately (about 6 months), but I found a lot of this little book a bit oversimplified. Alain de Botton is spot on with his choice of themes, but I felt a bit like I was reading Proust for Dummies, or The Idiot's Guide to Proust. This may be a book best read by those who aren't going to read Proust, or who are trying to psych themselves up for it.

The last chapter, How to Put Books Down, is somewhat of an exception. Here, de Botton tackles Proust's complex ideas about art and literature - how they are a door into our souls, but if we don't go through the door and do our own soul-searching work the art and literature won't do it for us. de Botton breaks this idea down in an interesting and skillful way, giving his book a proper conclusion. de Botton's best line, in my opinion: "...books, even when they brilliantly articulate some of our experiences, may nevertheless leave others behind."

Themes: Proust, reading, love, friendship, happiness, time

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