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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,166 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alain de Botton Narrator: Nicholas Bell Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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For anyone who ever wondered what Marcel Proust had in mind when he wrote the one-and-a-quarter-million words of In Search of Lost Time (while bedridden no less), Alain de Botton has the answer. For, in this stylish, erudite and frequently hilarious book, de Botton dips deeply into Proust's life and work - his fiction, letters, and conversations - and distils from them that rare self-help manual: one that is actually helpful.

Here, tendered in prose almost as luminous as its subject's, is advice on cultivating friendships, suffering successfully, recognising love, and understanding why you should never sleep with someone on the first date. And here, too, is a generously perceptive literary biography that suggests that the master is as relevant today as he was in fin de siècle Paris.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn Ryan | 2/18/2014

    " Really good little book. I picked it up at the last second at a Borders sale and really enjoyed reading it. Has many insightful tips about how to live life. Liked it almost as much Alain de Botton's Art of Travel - which you should definitely read if you haven't. Now if I could just run into Mr. de Botton in a DC coffee shop to discuss his books... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron | 2/10/2014

    " This would have been much better as a 10-page essay. Bascially, you should try to find beauty and notice everything around you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent | 2/10/2014

    " A now well dog-eared copy of this book sits on my desk. de Botton provides an intriguing introduction to Proust and a means through which to apply Proust's unique world view to modern life. There are so many wonderful quotes from Proust throughout. This may not be enough to inspire me to take on In Search of Lost Time but I will now turn to Proust's words often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sina | 2/1/2014

    " One of the best books I've ever read , It opene a new horizon into my thoughts and I really suggest it to you , read it , have a good time , laugh and think ! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 dirt | 1/31/2014

    " i would probably have enjoyed this book more if i had read some proust. the task seems daunting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilie | 1/25/2014

    " After reading this book, I tried to read Proust...but by about page 80 of "In Search of Lost Time," I had already read every scene I have ever run across in literary commentary. I concluded that actually no one has read past page 80 of Proust. However, Alain de Botton is an extremely compelling, intelligent and very funny man, whose books are WELL WORTH your time. Proust may not change your life, but Alain de Botton might. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 1/21/2014

    " Delightful! This small book highlights the very best reasons to read and enjoy Proust, and has a lot of fun in the process. No less than the late John Updike recommended it. Must reading for anyone tackling Proust. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 1/21/2014

    " this book is good and convinced me that I don't actually care to visit Illiers-Combray, as much as I love Proust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi Reimer | 1/16/2014

    " A helpful and humorous guide to the Proustian state of mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikael Lind | 12/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I've never read any Proust, but I've always wanted to. After reading this book, I want to read Proust even more. I won't rush things though; when the time is right, preferably when I'm in a beautiful place out in the country, I'll start on book one, Swann's way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 12/13/2013

    " very entertaining, even if you've only "sort of" read Proust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 12/2/2013

    " certainly not as engaging as de Botton is capable of being. This felt like work at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 11/14/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book -- like being at a lecture; and because of that I need to read it again and again. He had wonderful insights into Proust, life, relationships and the importance of words. I'm going to attempt to read Proust and am so glad I read this first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melishes | 11/2/2013

    " PRobably THE best self book I have read, or will ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Holmes | 11/1/2013

    " Proust (quoted in this book): "One can have a very lofty idea of literature, and at the same time have a good-natured laugh at it." Which pretty much covers de Botton's territory here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/27/2013

    " Read from a love and appreciation of Proust rather than a self-help book. A wonderful blend of context of Proust's own life with the analysis of his prose. The book itself is so understatedly funny and smart, and respectful of Proust himself. Love Alain de Botton... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Kerley | 2/27/2013

    " Charming and with much sense "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 1/28/2013

    " I don't think he changed mine but this was an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iris | 8/28/2012

    " Wrote a book report in pidgin French for high-school French class. Kept it in mind while reading the first volume of A la recherche du temps perdu. Monsieur de Botton, vous m'inspirez toujours! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noelle Chaban | 8/4/2012

    " Can't read Proust for anything, but this book offers a lot of great Proustian observations on life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 7/21/2012

    " Interesting, funny look at Proust. Starts out witty and glib, poking light fun at Proust, but closes with some real resonance. Almost enough to make me crack back open my copy of Swann's Way. Almost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 2/23/2012

    " Adorbs. So highly recommend. Light in touch, breezily humorous and learned. I have not read Swann's Way, and it did not impact my enjoyment of these pages, so please don't let that hold you back from picking this up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Lanier | 2/20/2012

    " Instead of attempting to read Proust, this was a good stand in. Well written and less daunting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia | 12/6/2011

    " This book deserves a higher rating. I shouldn't have read it immediately after finishing "The Elegance of the Hedgehog." They are too similar in their earnestness and probing, and I was exhausted by the second chapter. Another day, Mr. de Botton. Another day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 6/28/2011

    " Love Botton! Literary smart and engaging! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 6/26/2011

    " Botton has made me understand some of my favourite writers and for that, I am eternally grateful to him.
    On the other hand, the book itself is a master piece of many small, very intelligent, very interesting and very beautiful things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maribel | 5/30/2011

    " I read this a long time ago but I do know I loved it and plan on reading it again. I do know it led me to read the first volume of Proust's In Search of Lost Time, with which I became enamored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/17/2011

    " I never made it through In Search of Lost Time. Why bother when the only reason I was reading it was because I really wanted to read this? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/17/2011

    " 3 1/2 stars for this thoughtful and thought-provoking look at Proust's writing and philosophy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ted | 3/9/2011

    "
    This book did not change my life, and it will not change yours. kinda pompous.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/8/2011

    " Excellent read from Alain de Botton revealing Proust's habits and traits as example to reader's lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mike | 2/20/2011

    " This is a good intro to Proust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ravish | 2/20/2011

    " If you love Proust you will love this even more, tells you things you probably thought about when you read Proust in a lucid way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bo | 1/23/2011

    " A lively and original guide to living... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/14/2011

    " Like nothing else I've ever read; unique way to explore how to deal with being human. Funny and thought provoking and just plain interesting. A must read for the amatuer philosopher. "

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About the Author
Author Alain de BottonAlain de Botton is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including On Love, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, and The Course of Love. He lives in London where he founded The School of Life, an organization devoted to fostering emotional health and intelligence. More can be found at AlainDeBotton.com.