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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
Village / Town / City you live in: Farnborough Banbury
Occupation: Chef, Creative Director, entrepreneur, professional eater www.thekitchenfarnborough.co.uk / www.indulging.co.uk
The questions include Marcel Proust’s answers
Proust: To be separated from Mama
Anthony Robinson: Eating at McDonalds, Shopping at Tesco’s
Proust: In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal
Anthony Robinson: In the Sun, by the sea – Spain, Italy, Greece, Thailand
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
Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius
Anthony Robinson: to a life deprived of Wine Gums
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
Proust: A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry
Anthony Robinson: Hemmingway, Ragnar Lothbrok, Auguste Escoffier, Steve McQueen
Proust: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life
Anthony Robinson: Helene Darozze/Barbara Harmer/Debbie Harry
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
Anthony Robinson: Wahol
Anthony Robinson: Miles Davis
Proust: Intelligence, moral sense
Anthony Robinson: Hard Work, a sense of style, Manners, quick wit, love of the table
Proust: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence
Anthony Robinson: a great cook, passion, hold her liquor, puts children to bed early
Proust: All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues
Anthony Robinson: Hard work
Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse
Anthony Robinson: Travel, eating, drinking, work, discovery
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.
You can find more here – Local people answer the Proust Questionnaire
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