Monsieur Proust ( kindle or PDF ) by Céleste Albaret


Summary Monsieur Proust

Monsieur Proust

Céleste Albaret was Marcel Proust's housekeeper in his last years when he retreated from the world to devote himself to In Search of Lost Time She co When a magnum opus is born to the world it doesn t happen by magic In the case of A la recherche du temps perdu there was no instant delivery by stork and no cabbage leaves involved either Instead it took a long time and involved a lot of labour the author horizontal on his bed giving birth slowly and with huge effort to the book of his life While he laboured semi propped against his pillows determined to deliver his work onto the page perfectly formed he had the services of an excellent midwife She brought him warm shawls and hot water bottles She brought him coffee and tisanes She protected him as much as possible from disturbances She turned unwanted visitors away at the door She helped sort the uantities of loose notes which he kept adding to his manuscript She wrote his words from dictation when he w

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Uld imitate his voice to perfection and Proust himself said to her You know everything about me Her reminiscences of her employer present an intimate So it was that evening in September 1914 when he deliberately entered into his life as a partial recluse the last eight years of his life and of his work And it was then although I didn t realize it and although as he said it wasn t proper that I entered into that life too to remain to the end p38 Thus spoken by C leste Albaret 1891 1984 in 70 hours of taped interviews with Georges Belmont who ghost wrote this memoir M Belmont assures the reader that he tested her information by repeatedly returning to various topics from different angles These interviews took place fifty years after Marcel Proust s death by which time Mme Albaret was 82 years old Mme Albaret was M Proust s housekeeper secretary and confidante It had not been her intention to seek employment with M Proust but her husba

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Picture of the daily life of a great writer who was also a deeply peculiar man while Madame Albaret herself proves to be a shrewd and engaging compani I do wish Mme Albaret had maintained the diary that her employer suggested even insisted that she keep After all Proust not one given to self deprecation out of false modesty was sure that after his death Albaret s diary had she kept one would bring sufficient money at auction to sustain her all of her years As it is however we do have the memoir that she dictated to the Kitty Kelly of her time and place in 1972 at age 82 fifty years after she stood by her employer s bed as he diedWhat is clear in the text at least is that Celeste Albaret possessed an extraordinarily rare trait of personality Without resentment even with undiluted and undiminished affection she would serve another human being not just in a self forgetting way but in complete annihilation of self Proust must have been a demanding and exactin

  • Paperback
  • 456
  • Monsieur Proust
  • Céleste Albaret
  • English
  • 09 December 2018
  • 9781590170595

10 thoughts on “Monsieur Proust

  1. says:

    Monsieur Proust Céleste Albaret Céleste Albaret née Gineste 17 May 1891 – 25 April 1984 was a country girl who moved to Paris in 1913 when she married the taxi driver Odilon Albaret The most regular of Odilon

  2. says:

    When a magnum opus is born to the world it doesn’t happen by magic In the case of A la recherche du temps per

  3. says:

    Foreword by André AcimanIntroduction by Georges Belmont Monsieur Proust Appendix Some Other SouvenirsIndex

  4. says:

    “So it was that evening in September 1914 when he deliberately entered into his life as a partial recluse the last eight years of his life and of his work And it was then although I didn’t realize it and although as he

  5. says:

    Céleste Albaret Marcel Proust's majordomo and jacueline of all trades for the last ten years or so of his life 'wrote' this memoir in the 1970s And by 'wrote' I mean that she rattled off her memories to a ghostwriter and then the ghostwriter's book Monsieur Proust was later translated into English So the NYRB edition o

  6. says:

    After reading The Year of Reading Proust I remembered that I hadn't uite finished reading Celeste Albaret's Monsieur Proust I took the book from my bookshelves and read the remaining sixty pages which opened up vas

  7. says:

    I do wish Mme Albaret had maintained the diary that her employer suggested even insisted that she keep After all

  8. says:

    This is not really a review but I would like to add a few comments As others have stated it is a shame that 50 years went by before Celeste felt the need to tell her story It is also unfortunate that she did not keep the reuested diary The fact that she was 80 years old should not necessarily be an issue as I have met a few folks that are still very lucid at that age ie long term memory is not the issue that short term memory isT

  9. says:

    Felt fully engrossed in this fascinating biography I can't decide if Céleste had an impossible crush on Proust or if she wa

  10. says:

    Proust liked sole served on a napkin if he ate at allSometimes he drank one coffee sometimes twoProust did not use soap onl

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