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This is a modern love story. It is a story about learning to survive, endure and flourish in a relationship. Above all, it is a story full of tenderness and sympathy for the hard work of keeping love going, and full of hope that we can make it through.
What happens when true love meets real life?
Meet Rabih and Kirsten. Two people who meet, fall in madly love and get married. In most stories this would be how it ends. Here, it is just the beginning.
Embarking on a shared life path with no idea where it will lead, both Rabih and Kirsten believe that all you need is love. But in the real world, love isn't a feeling - it's a skill. And once they've settled down, started a home and a family, life gets a lot more complicated. . .
Publisher's description. Rabih and Kirsten meet, fall in love, get married. Think this is the end of the story? It's only the beginning. With his trademark warmth and wit, Alain de Botton explores modern relationships with a novel that asks what it truly means to love and to be loved. * Penguin * He's completely on the money with the minutiae of marital life and every note rings uncomfortably true. The story is told with great wit and affection... de Botton knows his stuff and the book builds into a truly wonderful and positive analysis of a successful lifelong partnership. It should be compulsory reading for anyone contemplating tying the knot. * Daily Mail * Engaging, meticulous, acutely perceptive... There's a refreshing honesty in what De Botton has to say * Guardian * One passage was so spot-on that I read it aloud to my husband... De Botton appreciates, as few writers do, the miracle and subtlety of the so-called ordinary * The Times * Well-observed and imbued with a tenderness that feels authentic and uncynical... It may even save some marriages. * Evening Standard * [A] worldly wise romance * Mail on Sunday * A complete delight -- Amy Bloom, author of 'Lucky us'
ISBN: 9780241962138 ISBN-10: 0241962137 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 240 Published: 5th January 2017 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1
Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives
in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described
as a 'philosophy of everyday life. He’s written on love, travel,
architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30
countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London
called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.
Alain’s newest book is published in April 2009 and is titled The
Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.
Alain started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love
[titled On Love in the US], was published when he was twenty-three. It
minutely analysed the process of falling in and out of love, in a style
that mixed elements of a novel together with reflections and analyses
normally found in a piece of non-fiction. It's a book of which many
readers are still fondest and it has sold two million copies worldwide.
It was with How Proust can change your Life that Alain's work reached a
truly global audience. The book was a particular success in the United
States, where the mixture of an ironic 'self-help' envelope and an
analysis of one of the most revered but unread books in the Western
canon struck a chord. It was followed by The Consolations of
Philosophy, to which it was in many ways an accompaniment. Though
sometimes described as popularisations, these two books were at heart
attempts to develop original ideas (about, for example, friendship,
art, envy, desire and inadequacy) with the help of the thoughts from
other thinkers – an approach that would have been familiar to writers
like Seneca or Montaigne and that disappeared only with the growing
professionalisation of scholarship in the 19th century.
Alain then returned to a more lyrical, personal style of writing. In
The Art of Travel, he looked at themes in the psychology of travel: how
we imagine places before we have seen them, how we remember beautiful
things, what happens to us when we look at deserts, or stay in hotels
or go to the countryside. In Status Anxiety, he examined an almost
universal anxiety that is rarely mentioned directly: the anxiety about
what others think of us; about whether we're judged a success or a
failure, a winner or a loser. In The Architecture of Happiness, Alain
discussed questions of beauty and ugliness in architecture. Much of the
book was written at de Botton's home in West London, just near
Shepherd's Bush roundabout, one of the uglier man-made places, which
nevertheless provided helpful examples of how important it is to get
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work saw Alain travelling across the world
for two years with a photographer in tow, looking at people in their
workplaces and reflecting on the great themes of work: why do we do it?
How can it be more bearable? What is a meaningful life? The book is at
once lyrical and gripping like a novel can be, and yet also packed with
ideas and analysis.
In the summer of 2009, Alain was appointed Heathrow's first
Writer-in-Residence and wrote a book about his experiences, A Week at
Aside from writing, de Botton has been involved in making a number of
television documentaries - and now helps to run a production company,
In the summer of 2008, Alain realised a life-long dream when he helped
to launch a miniature 'university' called The School of Life - which
emulates the spirit of enquiry and playfulness found in his books and
which aims not only to discuss life, but also change it for the better.
Following on in this entrepreneurial vein, Alain has also helped to
start a new organisation called Living Architecture which is building
world-class modern architecture for rental around the UK. In 2009,
Alain was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British
Architects, in recognition of his services to architecture.