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How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
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really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, own, philosophy, self-help

This book sits in unusual niche that I wouldn't have expected to exist, straddling the void between self-help and literary criticism. It's a sort of short-cut to reading Proust for the person possibly not so inclined to try to unpick a literary masterwork. It does the unpicking for you, both of Proust's life and his work, illustrating what de Botton thinks are the most important insights to be derived from them.

It's a short book and an easy read. I'm not much of a literature reader so I really appreciated someone else doing the work for me to tell me what's so good about Proust, and what I should learn from him. Call me lazy, but I finished this book quickly and I'll likely never read In Search of Lost Time, so at least I got something out of it.

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Reading Progress

January 3, 2016 – Started Reading
January 3, 2016 – Shelved
January 3, 2016 – Shelved as: non-fiction
January 3, 2016 – Shelved as: own
January 3, 2016 – Shelved as: philosophy
January 17, 2016 – Finished Reading
January 23, 2016 – Shelved as: self-help

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