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Essays in Love - Alain de Botton

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Essays in Love is a stunningly original love story.

Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak.

Essays in Love is a wholly modern attempt to define the age-old dilemmas of the heart.

"What a refreshing change from much contemporary fiction" (Evening Standard)

"A dazzlingly original, erudite and witty journey through all the vagaries of romantic love" (Josephine Hart)

Alain De Botton was born in 1969. He is the author of The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel and Status Anxiety . His work is translated into 20 languages. He lives in London.

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5.0

Such an honest observer of humanity

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    This is a great read. Using his own life and love affairs threading in the philosophers, Botton writes a compelling, thoughtful and important narrative on love, romance and loss.

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        Perfect service - really impressed!

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        "Imagine, of all impossible things, a young British Woody Allen with the benefit of a classical education and you have the nameless and exquisitely erudite narrator of Essays in Love."
        -- "Boston Sunday Globe"
        "The book's success has much to do with its beautifully modeled sentences, its wry humor, its unwavering deadpan respect for its reader's intelligence." -- Francine Prose in "The New Republic"

        Romantic fatalismp. 1
        Idealizationp. 11
        The subtext of seductionp. 17
        Authenticityp. 26
        Mind and bodyp. 36
        Marxismp. 41
        False notesp. 52
        Love or liberalismp. 63
        Beautyp. 72
        Speaking lovep. 78
        What do you see in her?p. 87
        Scepticism and faithp. 95
        Intimacyp. 99
        'I'-confirmationp. 107
        Intermittences of the heartp. 119
        The fear of happinessp. 132
        Contractionsp. 143
        Romantic terrorismp. 154
        Beyond good and evilp. 165
        Psycho-fatalismp. 177
        Suicidep. 182
        The Jesus complexp. 188
        Ellipsisp. 195
        Love lessonsp. 201
        Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

        ISBN: 9780330440783
        ISBN-10: 0330440780
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 224
        Published: March 2006
        Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2  x 1.7
        Weight (kg): 0.16