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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: Laurin McDonald
Date questions answered: June 2016
Village / Town / City you live in: Culworth
Occupation: Clinical Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
The Proust Questionnaire. The questions include Marcel Proust’s answers
Proust: To be separated from Mama
Laurin McDonald: Living Under Oppression of any kind
Proust: In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal
Laurin McDonald:. Right here, right now!
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
Laurin McDonald: Greece in late May/early June with loved ones
Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius
Laurin McDonald: I love my food so indulge in it, think about it, cook it….with pleasure
Proust: Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real
Laurin McDonald: Robin Hood, Pierre Besukhov
Proust: A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry
Laurin McDonald: Alexander the Great, Queen Elizabeth and now Mohammed Ali
Proust: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life
Laurin McDonald: Those fighting oppression such as Malal Yousafzai
Proust: Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly; everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful
Laurin McDonald: Lyra Belacqua, Mulan
Laurin McDonald: I have a weakness for Maxfield Parrish….no-one I can think of produced such colour, the Pre-Raphaelites for their colour and passion, and Eric Ravilious for his honesty….but so many it’s impossible to choose one!
Laurin McDonald: Mozart or Bowie
Proust: Intelligence, moral sense
Laurin McDonald: Integrity, Loyalty
Proust: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence
Laurin McDonald: Integrity, Loyalty
Proust: All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues
Laurin McDonald: Humility
Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse
Laurin McDonald: Reading on rainy days, being outside on sunny ones!
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.
Laurin McDonald: Lyra Balancqua
You can find more here – Local people answering the Proust Questionnaire
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