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Jul 31, 2009
it was ok
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(last edited Jul 31, 2009 05:58AM)
Jul 31, 2009 05:56AM
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.
(last edited Jul 31, 2009 07:22AM)
Jul 31, 2009 07:21AM
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 well...at least at first. I have that de Botton book sitting around also.
Jul 31, 2009 07:27AM
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.
Jul 31, 2009 07:35AM
I don't know David, is it ever enough? It's Proust--what's another thousand pages?
Jul 31, 2009 07:38AM
Proust? Sure. Another thousand listing the same details about his childhood and his stance in the Dreyfus Affair? Nah.
Jul 31, 2009 07:43AM
Jul 31, 2009 07:55AM
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.
Aug 08, 2009 06:52PM
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?)
Oct 21, 2009 12:40PM
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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