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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: Jo Robinson
Date questions answered: 21st March 2016
Village / Town / City you live in: Farnborough, Banbury
Occupation: Owner of The Kitchen, Farnborough and Indulgence Boutique Catering
The questions include Marcel Proust’s answers
Proust: To be separated from Mama
Jo Robinson: Dry January and dieting at the same time
Proust: In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal
Jo Robinson: By the sea, somewhere sunny, probably in the Med that has fabulous food and drink
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
Jo Robinson: Sharing a table of delicious food and drink with my family (some of them!) and friends ….. a pattern emerges!
Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius
Jo Robinson: to be deprived of laughter
Proust: Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real
Jo Robinson: Those that are strong leaders with empathy
Proust: A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry
Jo Robinson: Henry VIII, Queen Victoria and Coco Chanel
Proust: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life
Jo Robinson: Women who successfully juggle working life whilst raising a family and manage to still look gorgeous! And my lovely Mum.
Proust: Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly; everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful
Jo Robinson: There are too many to mention but most recently Sunny in The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
Jo Robinson: All of the Impressionists but especially Degas.
Jo Robinson: Oh wow! I can’t mention one – I love all genres of music but most love to hear my daughter singing and playing the flute.
Proust: Intelligence, moral sense
Jo Robinson: Strength of character, ambition and bravery with an ability to have a lot of fun – infact, perfectly sums up my husband!
Proust: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence
Jo Robinson: Kindness, loyalty, honesty and the ability to let her hair down!
Proust: All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues
Jo Robinson: Loyalty
Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse
Jo Robinson: Eating and drinking in the sunshine – no surprise there!
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.
Jo Robinson: I would like to have been an adviser to Prime Ministers – I think they make lousy decisions at times and are surrounded by sycophants with no concept of the real world.
A beguiling interview with North West Banburyshire correspondent Peter Evan Jones. You can hear what Jo said (on podcasts) via this link The Banburyshire Show 5th May 2016
You can find more here – Local people answering the Proust Questionnaire
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