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Alain de Botton , Samuel West
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15. Februar 1999
Everything you always wanted to know about Marcel Proust but were afraid to ask. A witty biography of Proust which combines as a 'self-help' book with advice on How to Love Life, How to be a Good Friend, How to be Happy in Love at the same time giving the listener a strong insight into the life of Proust.

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  • Hörkassette
  • Verlag: CSA WORD; Auflage: Abridged edition (15. Februar 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1901768341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901768343
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 10,6 x 1,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.1 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (31 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.965.677 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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This is a genius-level piece of writing that manages to blend literary biography with self-help and tongue-in-cheek with the profound. The quirky, early 1900s French author Marcel Proust acts as the vessel for surprisingly impressive nuggets of wisdom on down-to-earth topics such as why you should never sleep with someone on the first date, how to protect yourself against lower back pain, and how to cope with obnoxious neighbors. Here's proof that our ancestors had just as much insight as the gurus du jour and perhaps a lot more wit. De Botton simultaneously pokes fun at the self-help movement and makes a significant contribution to its archives. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Everything you always wanted to know about Marcel Proust but were afraid to ask. A witty biography of Proust which combines as a 'self-help' book with advice on How to Love Life, How to be a Good Friend, How to be Happy in Love at the same time giving the listener a strong insight into the life of Proust.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Forget yoga--try Dr. Proust's exercises! 11. Juli 2000
Von Ein Kunde
How Proust Can Change Your Life is an easy read and its themes ambulate like John Cleese in The Flying Circus, however their target is always met with utmost accuracy. This is a rich and insightful book. What could have been an incomprehensible abstract mosaic turns out to be a triumphant effort to bring together Proust's eccentric life with his prolific writing. De Botton is able to touch on the paradoxical nature of humanity, alluding to the ambiguities of one of the greatest western novelists. De Botton's work is not a proscriptive self-help book. It is an account of a man struggling with life's triumphs and toils. It is a revealing account of Proust's struggles and the literature he produced as a result. De Botton never tells the reader how to deal with pain or loss, rather, he reads into his subject's life and humourously analyzies Proust's psyche. This is not an attempt to extemporize a pschology or philosophy that will enable us to deal with our vexing personal problems. It is a cogent attempt to open our minds to those problems and ambuguities that we may feel are abnormal, making them more normal. It is an intransigent work that is sanguine and lucid. A book full of irony and humor that I have read cover to cover and still pick up for a good laugh and pick-me-up. Highly recommended!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen an unusual, original book 19. Juni 2000
Von Cassandra
A reviewer wrote- "I'ts hard to imagine how Proust can change your life if you don't actually read Proust". That is true, but then on the other hand, never, while reading this book, did I get the impression that Alain de Botton was trying to replace Proust. I don't think he was trying to offer a guide to Proust, nor trying to write literary criticism or anything like that: After finishing the book, the impression I got was that this is more a self-help book (and quite a witty and funny one, actually, much better than the usual saccharine-sweet self help books) and less a book about Proust. The good thing is that "How Proust can change your life" will probably give you an appetite for more Marcel Proust...and that has to do with the clarity and lightness of touch with which de Botton writes: you can't resist his admiration for Proust, even though you might have objections to the way he chose to express this admiration: but then who says that books about philosophy or about literature have to be dead serious and heavy? I think Alain de Botton has written an original book, a book that's a kind of experiment, as it combines self-help insights with good literature and important ideas. If you read this as such, as an interesting experiment which may bring more people to Proust, then you won't really be able to find any fault in the book.
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This book has been ludicrously dismissed as 'facile' by sniffy snobs. The dismaying fact remains that in this age of overcrowding media vying for our attention, you have to be pretty convincing to make people want to give a large chunk of their lives to a 4000 page novel about sponge cakes, silly aristocrats and sickly fops.
De Botton manages this with ease. His book is an excellent precis of Proustian concerns - time, love, friendship, literature - told in deceptively simple language masking thoroughness and complexity. His aren't the last words on these subjects, they are starting points which allow the virgin reader a map when starting on the vast terrain of A La Recherche.
His own prose is elegant, suggestive and sometimes very funny, while his emphasis on the personal is at the same time endearing, a way into the book, and true to Proust. He fills in his narrative with much biographical, historical and anecdotal matter, drawing on letters, newspapers, memoires, which are both illuminating and entertaining.
His own method is seemingly the opposite of Proust's, immediately lucid and precise, but the form of his book follows the Proustian pattern, whereby the book heading in one direction turns in on itself, becomes a book about itself, its own creation, even negating itself as it tells us to abandon Proust if we want to be true to the spirit of Proust.
The book isn't perfect - sometimes the prose is a little TOO easy; both Proust and De Botton come across as near-saintly figures, full of understanding and kindness, when the truth (with Proust at any rate) is much messier; and the last two chapters are a little rushed. But few books outside the thriller genre have delighted me and kept me reading feverishly to the end like this little trinket.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mere pleasure, deep issues 7. Januar 2013
Von BK
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As Proust spent most of his time in his bed (reading, writing, ...) this might be a good place for the reader, too, to lay back and enjoy this beautiful book. It will stir you up though as it covers important questions of life, but practical ones, not the fuzzy type, and in a brilliant style. Reading this is like eating dark chocolate with high nutritional value. :-) And fun.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Meeting Point of Modernism and Post-Modernism... 18. September 1998
Von Ein Kunde
De Botton's "How Proust Can Change Your Life" is yet another fix in the flux of experimental fiction, namely experiments on the essence of autobiographies and biographies. Previous examples of these particular experimental novels include Woolf's "Orlando", Stein's "The Autobiography of Alice B. Tolkas" and Winterson's "Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit". De Botton's narrative is an indication of an influenced by Proust De Botton, and, interestingly enough, there are moments in the book itself where one can actually visualize the two authors in conversation. What is it that we can learn from the Master's experiences that are not included in his opus? One thing I learnt was that even Virginia Woolf was so enthralled with Proust's work that she almost gave up writing. However, she held her head high and continued trying and then came up with "Mrs. Dalloway". The book is in a DIY Acheive Happiness form, and what can be more refreshing today than that? My favorite chapter - in the sense that I have picked up something from it that will stay with me for life - is the "How To Open Your Eyes" chapter where De Botton points out that with a short story, Proust was trying to teach us an important lesson: namely, not to ascribe any value to the objects - tangible or non - that surround us but the _correct_ value. And in a world that tends towards superfluity and insatiability, what could be a better awakening?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing
One of the greatest books I've ever read.

It's intellectually stimulating, without pretending to be 'more Catholic than the Pope'. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. September 2007 von Kristina
4.0 von 5 Sternen Question...
I've read some of de Botton's other works, but having no prior experience with philosophy, was hesitant about this book, for the following reason: I know nothing about Proust. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful, smart, a lover of books AND life
Not that De Botton needs my 5 stars, he seems to be a power force of his own. But I just closed this book and loved it from start to finish. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Listening to Alain de Botton's Proust tapes changed my life
And those of my friends, to whom I lent them. Perfectly recorded, and perfect for listening to in the car while confronting life's little obstacles: traffic, potholes, red lights,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. März 2000 von Laurence Jarvik
5.0 von 5 Sternen philosophy for mortals
It's amazing, I read this book years ago an still remember it very vividly. Philosophy is usually not my kind of thing, but Alain de Botton makes for a very enjoyable and... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A little gem
Delightful read, a fine example of how to carry erudition lightly and convey it with authority and elegance. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 31. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb read
This is a brilliant book. Written with great humour and understated but piercing intelligence, its a really enjoyable work that riffs off Proust with dazzling style. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Januar 2000 von Peter Kemp-Welch
5.0 von 5 Sternen A delight
Like a conversation with your most witty, inspired and charming friend, this book is a delight.
Veröffentlicht am 27. Januar 2000 von Anna Camel
5.0 von 5 Sternen A gem of a book
There are few works of literary criticism that have touched me as much as this one. Botton brings a lightness of touch to the deepest ideas, and what shines through is how funny... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Januar 2000 von Julia Newhouse
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