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Local people answer the Proust Questionnaire

Chef Anthony Robinson ponders his, meanings of life.

In 1890, long before he claimed his status as one of the greatest authors of all time Marcel Proust, still a teenager, took a questionnaire similar to this one, answering the questions with frank sincerity.

Banburyshire Info have resurrected the concept, and have started publishing answers from various local people with some questions from the Proust Questionnaire – designed to reveal the answerer’s tastes, aspirations, and sensibility.

Name: Anthony Robinson
Date questions answered: 09/03/2016
Age: 48
Village / Town / City you live in: Farnborough Banbury
Occupation: Chef, Creative Director, entrepreneur, professional eater  www.thekitchenfarnborough.co.uk  /  www.indulging.co.uk

Chef Anthony Robinson Answers the Proust Questionnaire

The questions include Marcel Proust’s answers

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Proust: To be separated from Mama

Anthony Robinson: Eating at McDonalds, Shopping at Tesco’s

Where would you like to live?

Proust: In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal

Anthony Robinson: In the Sun, by the sea – Spain, Italy, Greece, Thailand

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Proust: To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music, and to have, within easy distance, a French theater

Anthony Robinson: A beach, a bar, a market, a place with a love of food, a fast car, a good dog and a good wife

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius

Anthony Robinson: to a life deprived of Wine Gums

Who are your favourite heroes of fiction?

Proust: Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real

Anthony Robinson: Batman/ Tin Tin/Rhubarb and Custard/Zorba The Greek

Who are your favourite characters in history?

Proust: A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry

Anthony Robinson: Hemmingway, Ragnar Lothbrok, Auguste Escoffier, Steve McQueen

Who are your favourite heroines in real life?

Proust: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life

Anthony Robinson: Helene Darozze/Barbara Harmer/Debbie Harry

Who are your favourite heroines of fiction?

Proust: Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly; everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful

Anthony Robinson: Penelope Pitstop

Your favourite painter?

Proust: Meissonier

Anthony Robinson: Wahol

Your favourite musician?

Proust: Mozart

Anthony Robinson: Miles Davis

The quality you most admire in a man?

Proust: Intelligence, moral sense

Anthony Robinson: Hard Work, a sense of style, Manners, quick wit, love of the table

The quality you most admire in a woman?

Proust: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence

Anthony Robinson: a great cook, passion, hold her liquor, puts children to bed early

Your favourite virtue?

Proust: All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues

Anthony Robinson: Hard work

Your favourite occupation?

Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse

Anthony Robinson: Travel, eating, drinking, work, discovery

Who would you have liked to be?

Proust: Since the question does not arise, I prefer not to answer it. All the same, I should very much have liked to be Pliny the Younger.

Anthony Robinson: Hemmingway – without the suicide bit of course, oh and the plane crashes, that’s not so good either

You can also listen to Anthony answer some of the questions with more depth whilst being interviewed on Puritans Radio by Banburyshire North West correspondent Peter Evan Jones.

Inspiring stuff.



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