How Proust Can Change Your Life

How Proust Can Change Your Life
Author : Alain de Botton
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
Total Pages : 224
Release : 2019-03-07
ISBN 10 : 9781529014655
ISBN 13 : 1529014654
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Proust Can Change Your Life Book Description:

With an introduction by comedian and novelist David Baddiel A novel in seven volumes, Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time is considered a major literary work of the twentieth century. And even more crucially, one that you should have read by now. However, as one of its most distinguishing features is its staggering length, many of us feel intimidated and perhaps, even, fatigued at the thought of diving in. Alain de Botton’s hilarious and unexpected Proustian manual, is then, the perfect antidote to this problem. In How Proust Can Change Your Life, de Botton masterfully distils what Proust says about friendship, reading, being alive and taking your time, and mixes it with his own, no less nourishing commentary. As de Botton rereads Proust for our collective benefit, we see the continued relevance of his work and the rich and varied insights he can offer us, from how to reinvigorate your relationship to being a good host. This is Proust as you’ve never seen him before. He may even change your life.

How Proust Can Change Your Life

How Proust Can Change Your Life
Author : Alain De Botton
Publisher :
Total Pages : 199
Release : 1997
ISBN 10 : 0965085589
ISBN 13 : 9780965085588
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Proust Can Change Your Life Book Description:

Uses Proust's essays, letters, and fiction to humorously show how Proust "understood that the essence and value of life was the sum of its everyday parts."--Jacket.

How to Take Your Time

How to Take Your Time
Author : Alain De Botton
Publisher : Vintage
Total Pages : 16
Release : 2017-02-13
ISBN 10 : 9780525435020
ISBN 13 : 0525435026
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Take Your Time Book Description:

Curiously practical—this no-nonsense blend of literary biography and self-help unravels how interesting life can be if only you could resist the impulse to rush through the mundane rituals of modern life. Every morning, Marcel Proust sipped his two cups of strong coffee with milk, ate a croissant from one boulangerie, dunking it in his coffee as he slowly read the day’s paper with great care—poring over each headline and section. Only Alain de Botton could have pulled so many useful insights from the oeuvre of one the world’s greatest literary masters. Fascinating and vital, How to Take Your Time will urge you to find the wisdom in defying “the self-satisfaction felt by ‘busy’ men—however idiotic their business—at ‘not having time’ to do what you are doing.” A Vintage Shorts Wellness selection. An ebook short.

More Matter

More Matter
Author : John Updike
Publisher : Penguin UK
Total Pages : 928
Release : 2013-02-07
ISBN 10 : 9780241965863
ISBN 13 : 0241965861
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

More Matter Book Description:

More Matter is a collection of John Updike's best-loved critical essays and reflections. From the journals of John Cheever to the Queen of England, More Matter is a lively discussion on contemporary art, issues and people, told from the inimitable perspective of Pulitzer prizewinner John Updike. Wide ranging, incisive, witty and always superbly written, it has something to say about almost everyone - from Graham Greene to Bill Gates to Mickey Mouse - and everything - from sexual politics to spiritual matters to unopenable packages. It provides any number of intimate glimpses into how this remarkable mind works. Praise for More Matter: 'Unlike most journalism, Updike's occasional writing is so exquisite as to repay multiple readings' Publishers Weekly 'More Matter attests to Mr. Updike's remarkable versatility and to his ardent drive to turn all his observations into glittering, gossamer prose. . . . In his strongest pieces, Mr. Updike's awesome pictorial powers of description combine with a rigorous, searching intelligence to produce essays of enormous tactile power and conviction' New York Times 'More Matter will leave even his closest followers amazed. . . . Updike can write about anything, in any form and at any length, and do it with intelligence and knowledge and grace and agility and wit-and oh, the prose' Pittsburgh Tribune Review John Updike was born in 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. His novels, stories, and nonfiction collections have won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in January 2009.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books
Author : Leah Price
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 224
Release : 2019-08-20
ISBN 10 : 9781541673908
ISBN 13 : 1541673905
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books Book Description:

Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated Do you worry that you've lost patience for anything longer than a tweet? If so, you're not alone. Digital-age pundits warn that as our appetite for books dwindles, so too do the virtues in which printed, bound objects once trained us: the willpower to focus on a sustained argument, the curiosity to look beyond the day's news, the willingness to be alone. The shelves of the world's great libraries, though, tell a more complicated story. Examining the wear and tear on the books that they contain, English professor Leah Price finds scant evidence that a golden age of reading ever existed. From the dawn of mass literacy to the invention of the paperback, most readers already skimmed and multitasked. Print-era doctors even forbade the very same silent absorption now recommended as a cure for electronic addictions. The evidence that books are dying proves even scarcer. In encounters with librarians, booksellers and activists who are reinventing old ways of reading, Price offers fresh hope to bibliophiles and literature lovers alike. Winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award, 2020

The School of Life

The School of Life
Author : Alain de Botton
Publisher : Penguin UK
Total Pages : 320
Release : 2019-09-05
ISBN 10 : 9780241985854
ISBN 13 : 0241985854
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The School of Life Book Description:

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Take some time to reflect and refocus this winter, with the essential guide on how to live wisely and well, no matter what challenges the world throws at you - from Alain de Botton, the bestselling author of The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel and The Course of Love This is a book about everything you were never taught at school. It's about how to understand your emotions, find and sustain love, succeed in your career, fail well and overcome shame and guilt. It's also about letting go of the myth of a perfect life in order to achieve genuine emotional maturity. Written in a hugely accessible, warm and humane style, The School of Life is the ultimate guide to the emotionally fulfilled lives we all long for - and deserve. This book brings together ten years of essential and transformative research on emotional intelligence, with practical topics including: - how to understand yourself - how to master the dilemmas of relationships - how to become more effective at work - how to endure failure - how to grow more serene and resilient Praise for Alain de Botton: 'What he has managed to do is remarkable: to help us think better so that we may live better lives' Irish Times 'A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live' Jeanette Winterson, The Times 'Alain de Botton likes to take big, complex subjects and write about them with thoughtful and deceptive innocence' Observer

The ON nibus

The ON nibus
Author : Various Various
Publisher : Melbourne Univ. Publishing
Total Pages : 312
Release : 2009-12-01
ISBN 10 : 9780522859522
ISBN 13 : 0522859526
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The ON nibus Book Description:

If you missed the first eight titles in MUP's acclaimed Little Books on Big Themes series, this is your chance to collect the whole set. Released in time for Christmas, the ON-nibus brings together eight 10,000-word essays on the big themes in life by leading Australian thinkers. Featured authors are Germaine Greer ('On Rage'), David Malouf ('On Experience'), Blanche d'Alpuget ('On Longing'), Barrie Kosky ('On Ecstasy'), Don Watson ('On Indignation'), Gay Bilson ('On Digestion'), Malcolm Knox ('On Obsession') and Anne Summers ('On Luck').

What W H Auden Can Do for You

What W  H  Auden Can Do for You
Author : Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Total Pages : 152
Release : 2022-05-10
ISBN 10 : 9780691234533
ISBN 13 : 0691234531
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What W H Auden Can Do for You Book Description:

Bestselling novelist Alexander McCall Smith's charming account of how the poet W. H. Auden has helped guide his life—and how he might guide yours too When facing a moral dilemma, Isabel Dalhousie—Edinburgh philosopher, amateur detective, and title character of a series of novels by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith—often refers to the great twentieth-century poet W. H. Auden. This is no accident: McCall Smith has long been fascinated by Auden. Indeed, the novelist, best known for his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, calls the poet not only the greatest literary discovery of his life but also the best of guides on how to live. In this book, McCall Smith has written a charming personal account about what Auden has done for him—and what he just might do for you. Part self-portrait, part literary appreciation, the book tells how McCall Smith first came across the poet's work in the 1970s, while teaching law in Belfast, a violently divided city where Auden's "September 1, 1939," a poem about the outbreak of World War II, strongly resonated. McCall Smith goes on to reveal how his life has related to and been inspired by other Auden poems ever since. For example, he describes how he has found an invaluable reflection on life's transience in "As I Walked Out One Evening," while "The More Loving One" has provided an instructive meditation on unrequited love. McCall Smith shows how Auden can speak to us throughout life, suggesting how, despite difficulties and change, we can celebrate understanding, acceptance, and love for others. An enchanting story about how art can help us live, this book will appeal to McCall Smith's fans and anyone curious about Auden.

Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety
Author : Alain De Botton
Publisher : Vintage
Total Pages : 320
Release : 2008-12-10
ISBN 10 : 9780307491336
ISBN 13 : 0307491331
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Status Anxiety Book Description:

Anyone who’s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor’s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton’s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love. To demonstrate his thesis, de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St. Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins. Whether it’s assessing the class-consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism, dueling or home-furnishing, Status Anxiety is infallibly entertaining. And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy, art appreciation, or walking a lobster on a leash, it is not only wise but helpful.