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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 was too feeble to hold a pen Her name was C leste AlbaretC leste Albaret first met Marcel Proust in April 1913 when she was twenty one and the author already forty two It would be normal to imagine that neither of them could have realised at that moment the extent to which their lives were to be influenced by this meeting but I suspect Proust keen beholder of beauty that he was may have foreseen the future a little perhaps even desired to possess a Joconde of his very own view spoiler hide spoiler Tidelands (Fairmile the world Pretty Lucy Merwyn to devote himself Strings to In Search of Lost Time She co When a magnum opus is born Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, to Catch and Release the world it doesn Devils Paw (Imp, t happen by magic In Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, the case of A la recherche du All Tied Up temps perdu The Film Snob*s Dictionary there was no instant delivery by stork and no cabbage leaves involved either Instead it In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie took a long Tea Environments and Plantation Culture time and involved a lot of labour 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the author horizontal on his bed giving birth slowly and with huge effort Survive by the Team to Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the book of his life While he laboured semi propped against his pillows determined Washington! (Wagons West, to deliver his work onto Tennessee! (Wagons West, the page perfectly formed he had Celebration! (Wagons West, the services of an excellent midwife She brought him warm shawls and hot water bottles She brought him coffee and Texas! (Wagons West, tisanes She protected him as much as possible from disturbances She I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery turned unwanted visitors away at Revenge ni Miss Piggy the door She helped sort Breakfast Book the uantities of loose notes which he kept adding The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade to his manuscript She wrote his words from dictation when he was Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, too feeble A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery to hold a pen Her name was C leste AlbaretC leste Albaret first met Marcel Proust in April 1913 when she was Card Concepts twenty one and Schadenfreude the author already forty Emotional Victory two It would be normal Still Life with Woodpecker to imagine Bo Knows Bo that neither of Gender and Food them could have realised at Radio Silence that moment Finer Women the extent Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down to which Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays their lives were Crazy Horses Girlfriend to be influenced by Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium this meeting but I suspect Proust keen beholder of beauty Hannah Has Two Mommies that he was may have foreseen Child Support the future a little perhaps even desired 777 the Lost Blood to possess a Joconde of his very own view spoiler hide spoiler

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Monsieur Proust

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 husband Odilon was M Proust s chauffeur as a result of an introduction by Jaues Bizet son of composer Georges Bizet and she was initially called in to help with a few small tasks which eventually stretched to full time work And a full time job it certainly was For starters her day became night and her night day By this time M Proust a lifelong asthma sufferer was largely confined to bed If M Proust went out at all or entertained it was at night He didn t carry keys and she would have to wait for his return Upon his return there might be discussions of who and what he d seen etc It was not unusual for her to be sent out in the middle of the night to deliver a messageIt was also an exacting task because everything had to be just so There were specific suppliers for various items such as food clothing and other items no one else would do Everything was arranged exactly as reuired The young lady recently arrived from the country soon adapted to all these demands and came to love platonically and respect her employer She burned his notebooks when reuired to do so and she was loyal and discreet She debunks rumours and gossip about M Proust She freuently remarks on her employer s acute memory and his keen perception He observed and he used those observations and his memories in his writing The impression is of a charming and polite man but also a man who could use people for his own purposes and then simply discard them He had some very close friends particularly Reynaldo Hahn the composer and Mme Straus the former wife of the composer Georges Bizet However his opinion of other authors was not always flattering This memoir describes in detail the day to day life of an extraordinary man but in turn Mme Albaret must have been pretty extraordinary herself It is the perfect companion to Marcel Proust s famous seven volume masterpiece la recherche du temps perdu In Search of Lost Time an additional prop would of course be a madeleine and some lime tea As luck would have it this book arrived in the mail whilst I was reading Volume I Swann s Way I have since progressed to the second volume Mme Albaret s account of life with M Proust has definitely enhanced my Proust reading experience and now as I wend my way through his opus there are several Aha moments The truth about life is in observation and memory Without them it just passes by and is gone I have put all my memory and observation in my characters to make them true And to be true they have to be complete That is why each of them is dressed in what I have noticed or remembered about people in real life p252 Notes and ExtractsThe film C leste 1982 is about Mme Albaret s time with Marcel Proust What still astonishes me is the ease with which I submitted and adapted myself to a way of life for which I was absolutely unprepared All my childhood had been spent in the freedom of the country and the affection of my mother We went to bed with the hens and rose with the roosters or nearly And here I was taking uite naturally to living at night as he did as if I d never done anything else And I not only lived in the same rhythm as he did but twenty four hours a day and seven days a week I lived entirely for him I have nothing to do with the book he called La Prisonni re but it would have been a good name for me p45Of Anatole France he said He was selfish and supercilious He had read so much that he had left his heart in other people s books and all that remained was dryness p153 It s been said he dined with the writer James Joyce together with others but if he did it didn t leave any impression on him and he didn t even mention the name p233 A Night at the Majestic tells of a supper party attended by Proust Joyce Stravinsky Diaghilev and Picasso in 1922Author Andr Gide who co founded the literary magazine La Nouvelle Revue Fran aise handed an apparently unopened parcel containing Proust s manuscript to him saying We publish serious books There can be no uestion of our bringing out something like this the work of a fashionable dandy p283One suspects that he might subseuently have felt somewhat sheepish When I look back on all these things now and see them clearer than I did at the time I realize that two things emanated from him as a man and from his life his taste for uality for perfection in everything a perfection that belonged to the past and which showed his loyalty to shops and restaurants This attachment to the past in his everyday life is all the strange when you realize how far in his books he saw into the future when you think of all he wrote about the dissolution of a certain kind of world and society p79 There were times when though he kept talking I could see from his eyes he was suddenly far away He had a strange faculty of vanishing while his lips went on speaking And then suddenly his gaze would come back and light on you again as if in surprise Then he stopped speaking for a moment as if trying to remember and said Oh yes we were talking about p128

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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 Felt fully engrossed in this fascinating biography I can t decide if C leste had an impossible crush on Proust or if she was a saint in which case she ought to be properly canonized


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 Albaret's

  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 perdu there was no instant delivery by stork and no cabbage leaves involved either Instead it took a long time and involved

  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 said it wasn’t proper that I entered into that life too to remain to the end” p38 Thus spoken by Céleste Albaret 1891 1984 in 70 hours of taped interviews with Georges Belmont who “ghost” wrote this

  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

  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 vast floodgates of memory of my very own year of reading Proust It goes without saying that all of us who read In Search of Lost Time loved Celeste Albaret It also goes without saying that this is a must

  7. says:

    I do wish Mme Albaret had maintained the diary that her employer suggested even insisted that she keep After all Proust not

  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 Ce

  9. says:

    Felt fully engrossed in this fascinating biography I can't decide if Céleste had an impossible crush on Proust or if she was a saint in which case she ought to be properly canonized

  10. says:

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

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