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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 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 isThere are others that have written some things that are not in agreement with Celeste but she was in a position to knowMarcel was definitely an unusual character but in my mind not an odd ball as some suggestespecially considering his chosen line of workI found myself actually choked up as this book came to an end I have read over 5000 pages on or by Marcel Proust in 2013 and it makes me somewhat melancholy for this odyssey to come to an end though I am still looking forward to reading Harold Pinter s screenplay starting tomorrowIf you are a Marcel Proust devotee it is essential that you read this book It is informative enlightening sometimes comical enjoyable but ultimately sad Promises in Tumble Creek 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 Mischief and Marriage 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 isThere are others that have written some things that are not in agreement with Celeste but she was in a position to knowMarcel was definitely an unusual character but in my mind not an odd ball as some suggestespecially considering his chosen line of workI found myself actually choked up as this book came to an end I have read over 5000 pages on or by Marcel Proust in 2013 and it makes me somewhat melancholy for this odyssey to come to an end though I am still looking forward to reading Harold Pinter s screenplay starting tomorrowIf Cold Case, Hot Accomplice (Men of Wolf Creek, you are a Marcel Proust devotee it is essential that Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, you read this book It is informative enlightening sometimes comical enjoyable but ultimately sad

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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 C leste 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 of Monsieur Proust referenced here is really twice removed from a first person account But probably another layer of removal is implied by the fifty years which passed between the events of the book and Albaret s recollections I don t know about you but I have a difficult time remembering what I did or said last week so to my thinking an account fifty years after the fact necessarily implies approximation Albaret ironically weakens her case for accuracy when she insists that she remembers uite a few exact uotations and precise details But nothing is damaging to her claim of nearly exhaustive knowledge of Proust during the final years of his life than her insistence that he was not a homosexual Her arguments seem motivated by rationalizations and perhaps by her own preference that Proust not be homosexual but who really knows One of Albaret s lamest attempts to buttress her case is her claim that Proust told her pretty much everything so he would have likewise told her of his indiscretions Either this assertion overstates her intimacy with Proust or vastly understates what it meant to be a closeted gay man in the very early part of the twentieth century Without any hint of irony Albaret maintains that Proust several times visited a male brothel but only for purposes of research Of course his observations at the brothel are featured memorably in Time Regained but one tends to raise an eyebrow at the claim that his interests were solely educational Albaret spends one chapter itemizing the loves of his life all of them women all of them seemingly chaste and discusses the real Gilberte Swann Duchesse de Guermantes Madame Verdurin and others although these characters were amalgams of many real people All of this is interesting even if it belies the true objects of his affectionsDespite all this Albaret s book is fascinating for Proustophiles And make no mistake this book is only for hardcore Proustophiles Dabblers need not apply Maybe Albaret didn t know all of the particulars of Proust s sexual tastes but she certainly knew almost everything about his reclusive lifestyle during his final decade After having read Monsieur Proust I have a very specific fully fleshed out idea of a day to day existence that was only hazy and trivial before The cork lined walls the nocturnal life the phobia of germs and illnesses the ascetic diet the ritualistic behavior the fabled bedroom on Boulevard Haussmann It s all here in vivid detail Albaret who is one of the models for the maid Francoise in A la recherche du temps perdu is worshipful she adores Proust and she has almost nothing to say that is critical of him except on those curious occasions when she reveals things she doesn t imagine to be damning but which in the minds of most readers will probably seem so Is there evidence to support the many claims of Proust s snobbishness Yes Is he demanding and authoritative Yes Do we get the sense that Proust is emotionally cold dryly analytic as if he stands resolutely apart from the world he observes That his melacholy is somehow abstract and unengaged Absolutely But he s also charming generous and funny and unfailingly loyal to C leste Albaret There s an absorbing chapter on the notorious dandy Count Robert de Montesuiou who serves as the primary model for the eually notorious Baron de Charlus Montesuiou was a frightening kind of man capable of outrageously rude and spiteful behavior Proust warned Albaret that if he ever received chocolates from Montesuiou they should be thrown out they might be poisoned There s also a great section on Proust s and Albaret s atttitude toward Andr Gide the famed French writer who rejected the manuscript of Swann s Way and later came to regret it All in all Monsieur Proust faults and all is a must read for any diehard Proust fan and I m kind of shocked only twentysome people have rated it on Goodreads If you ve devoted a significant chunk of your life to reading all of A la recherche du temps perdu then make time for the additional four hundred pages of Monsieur Proust Her Husbands Christmas Bargain 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 of Monsieur Proust referenced here is really twice removed from a first person account But probably another layer of removal is implied by the fifty The Geography of Witchcraft years which passed between the events of the book and Albaret s recollections I don t know about Hold On To Me you but I have a difficult time remembering what I did or said last week so to my thinking an account fifty Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law years after the fact necessarily implies approximation Albaret ironically weakens her case for accuracy when she insists that she remembers uite a few exact uotations and precise details But nothing is damaging to her claim of nearly exhaustive knowledge of Proust during the final Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, years of his life than her insistence that he was not a homosexual Her arguments seem motivated by rationalizations and perhaps by her own preference that Proust not be homosexual but who really knows One of Albaret s lamest attempts to buttress her case is her claim that Proust told her pretty much everything so he would have likewise told her of his indiscretions Either this assertion overstates her intimacy with Proust or vastly understates what it meant to be a closeted gay man in the very early part of the twentieth century Without any hint of irony Albaret maintains that Proust several times visited a male brothel but only for purposes of research Of course his observations at the brothel are featured memorably in Time Regained but one tends to raise an eyebrow at the claim that his interests were solely educational Albaret spends one chapter itemizing the loves of his life all of them women all of them seemingly chaste and discusses the real Gilberte Swann Duchesse de Guermantes Madame Verdurin and others although these characters were amalgams of many real people All of this is interesting even if it belies the true objects of his affectionsDespite all this Albaret s book is fascinating for Proustophiles And make no mistake this book is only for hardcore Proustophiles Dabblers need not apply Maybe Albaret didn t know all of the particulars of Proust s sexual tastes but she certainly knew almost everything about his reclusive lifestyle during his final decade After having read Monsieur Proust I have a very specific fully fleshed out idea of a day to day existence that was only hazy and trivial before The cork lined walls the nocturnal life the phobia of germs and illnesses the ascetic diet the ritualistic behavior the fabled bedroom on Boulevard Haussmann It s all here in vivid detail Albaret who is one of the models for the maid Francoise in A la recherche du temps perdu is worshipful she adores Proust and she has almost nothing to say that is critical of him except on those curious occasions when she reveals things she doesn t imagine to be damning but which in the minds of most readers will probably seem so Is there evidence to support the many claims of Proust s snobbishness Yes Is he demanding and authoritative Yes Do we get the sense that Proust is emotionally cold dryly analytic as if he stands resolutely apart from the world he observes That his melacholy is somehow abstract and unengaged Absolutely But he s also charming generous and funny and unfailingly loyal to C leste Albaret There s an absorbing chapter on the notorious dandy Count Robert de Montesuiou who serves as the primary model for the eually notorious Baron de Charlus Montesuiou was a frightening kind of man capable of outrageously rude and spiteful behavior Proust warned Albaret that if he ever received chocolates from Montesuiou they should be thrown out they might be poisoned There s also a great section on Proust s and Albaret s atttitude toward Andr Gide the famed French writer who rejected the manuscript of Swann s Way and later came to regret it All in all Monsieur Proust faults and all is a must read for any diehard Proust fan and I m kind of shocked only twentysome people have rated it on Goodreads If Her Babys Bodyguard (Eagle Squadron you ve devoted a significant chunk of If Wishes Were...Daddies your life to reading all of A la recherche du temps perdu then make time for the additional four hundred pages of Monsieur Proust

Céleste Albaret â 5 Summary

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 Monsieur Proust C leste Albaret C leste Albaret n e 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 regular clients was the celebrated novelist and critic Marcel Proust Lonely and bored in the grand city and at her husband s suggestion Albaret began to run errands for Proust Before very long she became his secretary and housekeeper During the final decade of Proust s life his health declined and he became progressively withdrawn even while working with continuing intensity on his writing she became his nurse and the writer s most trusted conduit to the world beyond his reclusive cork lined bedroom 1964 1343 148 20 1389 487 1922 Intensive Care years when he retreated from the world to devote himself to In Search of Lost Time She co Monsieur Proust C leste Albaret C leste Albaret n e 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 regular clients was the celebrated novelist and critic Marcel Proust Lonely and bored in the grand city and at her husband s suggestion Albaret began to run errands for Proust Before very long she became his secretary and housekeeper During the final decade of Proust s life his health declined and he became progressively withdrawn even while working with continuing intensity on his writing she became his nurse and the writer s most trusted conduit to the world beyond his reclusive cork lined bedroom 1964 1343 148 20 1389 487 1922

  • Paperback
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  • Monsieur Proust
  • Céleste Albaret
  • English
  • 10 May 2019
  • 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 Odilo

  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 lo

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

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    “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 of Monsieur Proust refer

  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

  7. says:

    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

  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 isTh

  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 soap only dabbed his face

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