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Marcel Proust by Edmund White
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Jul 31, 2009

it was ok

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message 9: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 31, 2009 05:58AM) (new)

Jiminy, this White biography is pretty lightweight. Try this one...

Yeah, I know... it's over a thousand pages (!), but it's pretty good stuff. But sorry... it weighs too much to be convenient subway reading. In fact, I am using it right now in my bedroom to keep my TV stand from collapsing.

message 8: by Bram (last edited Jul 31, 2009 07:22AM) (new)

Bram Isn't there another one by a French guy that's over 1000 pages too? I think I'll end up going with the Edmund White one as least at first. I have that de Botton book sitting around also.

message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Yeah, there's this one too...

It came out (in translation) within a year of the other one. I haven't read it. One thousand+ page Proust bio is probably enough.

message 6: by Bram (new)

Bram I don't know David, is it ever enough? It's Proust--what's another thousand pages?

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Another thousand by Proust? Sure. Another thousand listing the same details about his childhood and his stance in the Dreyfus Affair? Nah.

message 4: by Bram (new)

Bram Touché.

Jessica I feel like I heard the Tadie sucks. I flipped though, I think, both of these in a bookstore recently, and they gave me a headache. I sort of just wants something short and sweet, y'know?

The White is appealing precisely for being lightweight.... and for understanding, I think, that we turn to biographies of Proust primarily to satisfy our burning curiosity about his sexual leanings!

Though if you say the Carter's awesome, I guess I will add it.

message 2: by Robin (new) - added it

Robin I found the Botton entertaining, but I read it a while back after reading Vol. I and part of II. Not a bio at all, though. More like snarky cliff notes. I had to put aside Sodom and Gomorrah (my edition's title) for this week b/c I was visiting the conservative in-laws in Missouri. (Who else could appreciate this?)

message 1: by Bram (new)

Bram So, not worth it, Jessica? I'm not sure if I have what it takes to go with one of the long bios.

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