Summary of How Proust Can Change Your Life

Not a Novel

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How Proust Can Change Your Life book summary
Marcel Proust is not your typical self-help guru...and that’s good.


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Are you tired of self-help manuals? Is that because the authors often seem to need help themselves? Or they all spout the same buzzwords and clichés? Or they are banal and boring? It sounds as if you are all self-help-manualed-out. Perhaps you need something different. Try Marcel Proust, revered master of exquisite expression and luminous prose. In Search of Lost Time, also called Remembrance of Things Past, Proust’s one-and-a-quarter-million-word magnum opus, does not contain a trite sentence or conventional thought. You can learn much about living from such a profound genius, including how to spend your time, how to see and feel things, and why, sometimes, it is best just to stay in bed. Alain de Botton is your witty, often hilarious guide, providing valuable life lessons from Proust’s writings and thoughts. getAbstract finds this ingenious, utterly original treatment thoroughly enjoyable. Wishing you the same.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Who Marcel Proust was
  • How he lived
  • What his attitudes were regarding beauty, friendship, expression, time and suffering
  • How you can adopt Proust’s ideas to live your life more fully and acutely


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About the Author

Alain de Botton writes books of essays detailing his ideas and experiences, as well as those of great thinkers, artists and philosophers. A native of Zurich, he lives in London.

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