book review: Proust’s Overcoat

Title: Proust’s Overcoat: The True Story of One Man’s Passion for All Things Proust
Author: Lorenza Foschini
ISBN: 978-0061965678
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Ecco; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
Category: biography
Review source: publisher
Rating: 4/5

Guerin also had a taste for secrets and a love for hidden things.

Proust’s Overcoat is a charming story about Parisian businessman Jacques Guerin and his obsession with writer Marcel Proust. To be devoured in one sitting, this story enchants by emphasizing the connection between Guerin and Proust. As author Lorenza Foschini takes the reader on this avid collector’s quest, she delves into the personalities of both the fan and the talented writer. Prout’s Overcoat does not merely chronicle the amassment of possessions but the reasoning, the emotion and importance of those writings, letters, books, drawings and various objects to both men. It’s a delightful read.

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