An interesting take on Proust’s sprawling work: In Search of Lost Time, and other pieces he has written, as well as various pieces of correspondence relating to the life and work of Marcel Proust. Of course, there really is no reason whatsoever to spend months reading Proust’s 4,200 page behemoth – or a mere 70 days according to Salon’s Jane Smiley (see below) – at 65 pages a day, every day – which must mean two hours of solid reading a day. Of course this will change your life: you will have tome for nothing else other than working, eating and sleeping. What kind of life is that? But De Botton does make a few interesting points, so perhaps this would be a good book to introduce a reader to the concepts that Proust dips into, up to his and your neck, in the novel, very much at his leisure.