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adele geras

Proust's brother has it right! I did a special paper on Proust at University and had indeed to retire to bed to read the book....took me about a week non-stop during the day. I got up at night to revel and carouse etc as you do, but the days were devoted to Marcel and I thought bed was the best place to do this. It is an EXTRAORDINARY WORK....reading it is like wandering around a cathedral of sorts. You keep on finding new things to look at, over and above, or under and below, the overarching architecture of the thing. Marvellous stuff but still, I am glad I read it when I was young.Don't think I'd have the stamina now. Especially not to read it in French!

Dark Puss

Well it certainly was the most influential book my mother ever read. Does de Botton make any comparison between Proust's writing on food and that of Colette? Have you read his great work yet or are you like me stuck after one volume? I'll get back to it (see some earlier Cornflower posting response I made) and I am not going to adopt the technique of severe illness to assist me!

If you make this a CBG choice then you will have no difficulty in finding an appropriate dish to virtually serve us with on the penultimate day before we comment.

Dark Puss

I noticed you quote "In reading, friendship is suddenly brought back to its original purity. There is no false amiability with books. If we spend the evening with these friends, it is because we genuinely want to." I don't really agree with this; well not as a blanket statement anyway. I read some (a few but not zero) books which do not become friends (nor sometimes do I ever expect them to) but which will heighten my intellectual and aesthetic experience of reading other works of fiction. Is de Botton really making such a general statement here, or does he qualify it? I suppose you could argue that my reading of books that are not in themselves (i.e. hermetically) endearing still fits his model since it is my choice to do so.

You can see that your posting has captured my imagination. It is also fair of me to point out that I have heard of de Botton, but I have read nothing by him.

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