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In the movie THE HOURS everybody feels their lives are trivial, so they jump out of windows, etc. What they really needed was to read (or, even better, listen to, Proust). Proust puts the magic in all the trivial bits that make up our lives. He enobles them; we take dignity from them. Where Buddhism teaches "mindfulness", the awareness of each feature of each moment, and the understanding that it will never be repeated just that way again, the rest of us have Proust.
Normally I require a plot in any book I read, but with Proust it's different. We live his life in minute detail. So accurately does he dissect every emotion, reveal every motivation and explore every ramification that we become him. We no more need a plot in this book than we need one in our own lives. Instead we take from his example the ability to see in our own trivial moments the glimmer of literature.
One caveat: It is a pity to abridge this book. There is an unabridged version on the market--expensive, but maybe worth it.
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How can you go through life without experiencing Proust?s books? Most people do. But, they are missing a great experience. Can I say, comparable in my mind to climbing the Everest? There is something very intimate about Proust?s writing. Until now, I thought that only reading 3,000 pages of Proust?s magic style could create this perfect experience. However, I was wrong. The ?audible? version does it. Like the radio shows in the 40?s, it lets you create your own images and story line. Imagining Proust?s world and characters is crucial in sustaining your interest for this very complex story. Audio does it. Thank you.
Honestly, when I read Proust, I have a tendency to skip some paragraphs. This is a very bad habit, I know. Audible solves this problem. You have to listen to everything.
Finally, I was listening while reading the e-book unabridged version. Try it. You will like it. Audio just makes Proust more accessible, more understandable, and more enjoyable. You have this feeling of an intimate conversation in a salon, in this beautiful city of Paris and Marcel is talking to you.
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