Why do so many of us love or hate our work?
How has it come to dominate our lives?
And what should we do about it?
Work makes us. Without it we are at a loss; in work we hope to have a measure of control over our lives. Yet for many of us, work is a straitjacket from which we cannot free ourselves.
Criss-crossing the world to visit workplaces and workers both ordinary and extraordinary, and drawing on the wit and wisdom of great artists, writers and thinkers, Alain de Botton here explores our love-hate relationship with our jobs. He poses and answers little and big questions: from what should I do with my life? to what will I have achieved when I retire?
The Pleasure and Sorrows of Work will not only explain why it is we do what we do all day, but its sympathy, humour and insight seeks to help us make the most of it.
'De Botton's wit and powers of ironic observation are on display throughout what is a stylish and original book. The workplace brings out the best in his writing' Sunday Times
'Terribly funny, touches us all' Daily Mail
'Brilliant, enormously engaging' Guardian
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Since 19 i rejected western mainstream work ethic. Mon. to Fri., 48 weeks a year, 50 years later then a sullen death. Absolutely no flexibility between family/leisure and essential work, burdened by self perpetuating materialistic greed and generational exponential debt. I thought Alain would tear this product of the Industrial Revolution on its head as only the master Alain can. He is my sure footing when it comes to challenging such everyday notions. The title allured me, the contents depressed me. You forced me to rate it 1 Star.
De Botton's wit and powers of ironic observation are on display throughout what is a stylish and original book. The workplace brings out the best in his writing Sunday Times Timely, wonderfully readable. De Botton has pretty much got to the bottom of the subject Spectator Terribly funny, touches us all Mail on Sunday Brilliant, enormously engaging Guardian
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 25th March 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1