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Essays in Love/a Novel Paperback – May, 1995

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The book's success has much to do with its beautifully modelled sentences, its wry humour and its unwavering deadpan respect for its reader's intelligence ... full of keen observation and flashes of genuine lyricism, acuity and depth. -- Francine Prose Witty, funny, sophisticated, neatly tied up, and full of wise and illuminating insights. -- P. J. Kavanagh Spectator De Botton is a national treasure. -- Susan Hill I doubt if de Botton has written a dull sentence in his life. -- Jan Morris New Statesman Single-handedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us to live our lives Independent It's a familiar tale but there is nothing predictable about De Botton's explanation of how love enthrals us all. This is no light romance but a sort of "When Harry Met Sally Meets Roland Barthes"... A novel of wit and insight; whatever the state of your love life, it will make entertaining and sometimes painful, sometimes profitable reading Time Out --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Alain de Botton is the author of a number of books that try to throw light on the big challenges of our lives. His books have been sold in thirty-five countries and many have been international bestsellers, including How Proust Can Change Your Life, Essays in Love and The Art of Travel. He is the founder of two social enterprises, the first promoting architecture, Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk), which gets top architects to build holiday homes for rental by everyone. The second enterprise is The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330334360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330334365
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,827,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. A. Harris on August 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
In the words of Karen Carpenter, "they long to be , just like me, close to you". Here Alain just wants to be close to Chloe, or close to love more precisely. I enjoyed this read, as a philosophical discussion of love there is probably none better. Dont expect a love story though, the plot element of this 'novel' is very sparse, bordering on non existent, nothing really happens except for the fact that Alain takes us on a witty, funny , insightful and revealatory discussion on "what is love?". In fact this would have been a wonderful sub title for the book and is a must read for anyone who has oftened wondered. Once you have read the book, wonder no more about the question that poets, novelists and songwriters never tire of.
The limitations of the novel:
1. It makes no comment about what love means for the human race and draws no conclusions about the sociological implications of love, this is suprising given the authors distance and analysis of the condition. The argument for 'biological urge' would have upset the romantic element of the authors passion.
2. It is very english, proper and dignified. The protaginists are wealthy, successful and cute. Neither of them have any faults, doubts or problems and this creates a distance to the characters and aids in the philosophical discussion without getting to close to the 'people' concerned. Thus as a novel it fails.
Despite the above, the book is highly readable and I will no doubt read it again, you should too.
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Format: Paperback
This is the English edition of what in the US was published as ON LOVE: it is quite the funniest, most intelligent book I have ever read on love. Please buy it, and you will see what I mean
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By Kelly on August 23, 2011
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This book was amazing, De Bottom articulates everything better than one could say. He explains love and romance in such a poetic form that is relatable and sensible. Highly recommended.
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