Very readable book on a very hard to read book Apr 23, 2009
This is a very strange book! Not strange in the sense of weird or bizarre but strange in the sense that it's hard to figure out why Alain de Botton would expound so much energy trying to explain to us why we should even read Proust. The book that he is referring to is Marcel Proust's "The Remembrance of Time Past" which is a book that very, very few people have ever read and one that very very few ever will, especially considering the fact that it's a massive work of over 3,000 pages.
Don't get me wrong! I think that you should read this book as well as Proust and I sincerely hope that you pick up this book and that it whets your appetite for Proust because, as Alain tried to show us, we are missing something if we don't. I know that I wouldn't have the courage to write this book but I am very glad that Alain did and I hope others find out why it's such a great work.