Botton, Alain de HOW PROUST CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Picador USA 2006 0330354914 / 9780330354912 Paperback Very Good
`What a marvellous book this is . . . de Botton dissects what [Proust] had to say about friendship, reading, looking carefully, paying attention takin g your time, being alive and adds his own delicious commentary. The result is an intoxicating as it is wise, amusing as well as stimulating, and prese nted in so fresh a fashion as to be unique . . . I could not stop, and now much start all over again.' Brian Masters, Mail on Sunday `De Botton not on ly has a complete understanding of Proust's life . . . but what is particul arly charming about this small, readable book is its tongue-in-cheek benign ity, its lightly held erudition and its generous way of lending itself to w hat is not only the greatest book of the century but also the darkest and t he most eccentric' Edmund White, Observer `It contains more human interest and play of fancy than most fiction . . . de Botton, in emphasizing Proust' s healing, advisory aspects, does us the service of rereading him on our be half, providing of that vast sacred lake a sweet and lucid distillation.' J ohn Updike, New Yorker `De Botton's little book is so charming, amusing and sensible that it may even itself change your life.' Allan Massie, Daily Te legraph `This engaging book is one of the most entertaining pieces of liter ary criticism I have read in a long while.' Sunday Telegraph `A very enjoya ble book' Sebastian Faulks.