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How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
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Jul 19, 2012

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bookshelves: armchair-tourist, essays, historical, nonfiction
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I am unlikely to read In Search of Lost Time any time soon, but How Proust Can Change Your Life was short enough to fit comfortably into a travel reading slot. Alain de Botton does not write paragraph sentences, which I welcomed. He does at times quote Proust and company in the original French, which I might have welcomed if I knew any French myself. Such digressions aside, the book is a lovely combination of biography, philosophical musing, and (on occasion) gentle snarkiness of the type one associates with the Economist.
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