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Essays In Love by Alain de Botton

Essays In Love

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The classic book on love by the bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations of Philosophy.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In this book, published over twenty years ago, de Botton immediately engages us, as in a novel, with his account of meeting and falling in love with a young woman on a short flight from Paris to London. Using his own affair with Chloe as a model for his argument, Alain de Botton charts the ups and downs of falling in and out of love, and looks at the feelings generated through the prism of Western philosophy. The viewpoint is fresh and analytical, but ultimately reassuring, as anyone who has ever fallen in love and broken up will recognise that they are not alone.
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Essays In Love by Alain de Botton

With an introduction by Sheila Heti A unique love story and a classic work of philosophy, rooted in the mysterious workings of the human heart and mind. Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved. A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London, and so begins a love story - from first kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with startling clarity, as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood. With the verve of a novelist and the insight of a philosopher, Alain de Botton uncovers the mysteries of the human heart. Essays In Love is an iconic book - one that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love.


'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

About the Author

Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books, which refer both to his own experiences and ideas- and those of artists, philosophers and thinkers. It's a style of writing that has been termed a 'philosophy of everyday life.'

His first book, Essays in Love [titled On Love in the US], minutely analysed the process of falling in and out of love. The style of the book was unusual, because it 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.

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Publication date

1st January 2015


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224 pages
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