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ESSAYS IN LOVE Paperback – 2010

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Picador (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330440780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330440783
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #641,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By JK on Aug. 14 2015
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A good read
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Brilliant Study Nov. 28 2001
By Lleu Christopher - Published on
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This is a kind of hybrid novel/philosophical study of romantic love. The plot is, on the surface, a rather conventional one; a man and woman meet and fall in love. Most of the book, however, consists of the narrator (the male lover) reflecting on each stage of the process, from initial attraction to the despair of love's departure. What is perhaps most striking about Essays In Love is how Alain De Botton manages to combine passion and intellect. He is able to adroitly mix a scholarly, intellectual analysis with truly felt emotions. He is also extremely perceptive regarding the often perverse nature of our emotions. For example, he illustrates the tendency of someone in love to feel less highly of the loved one if he or she reciprocates the feeling. From this book, I'd guess De Botton has a background in Western philosophy, as the bulk of the references are from this field. Plato, Kant, Nietzsche, and many others are quoted. Yet the book is never dry or academic; the rawness of the lovers' emotions is always there to keep our hearts as well as our minds intrigued. James Wilby, the reader, perfectly captures the ideas, feelings and nuances of the story.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Brilliantly insightful. April 29 2011
By Sam Quigley - Published on
Format: Paperback
So utterly relatable, it's more than a little disturbing. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone currently giddy with new love, but for everyone else, this is a surprisingly hilarious gem of a book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good Read Dec 29 2010
By Liang Qiao - Published on
Format: Paperback
To be honest, I checked out this book from library after I watched the film based on the book: My Last 5 Girlfriends. The film was interesting, but the book itself was much better!
Very readable book on love and the relationship among lovers. I enjoyed reading it and Mr. De Botton was truly a talented writer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
So good it's scary April 27 2013
By M S Hardley - Published on
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This is a great book. End of story. So insightful, funny too, all round can't-put-it-down type read. Great first book for my Kindle!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lovely! Oct. 2 2013
By Artemis - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ohhh what a delightful book! For people like me, who overanalyse the simple stuff in life and love it when other people do the same, this is intellectual heaven. It's such a good mixture of good ol' entertaining and light writing, with a touch of sarcasm and loads of really smart and to the point psycho-philosophical analytical thoughts. It feels like indulging in a classic and simple chocolate cake but oh wait, there is a surprise, it has a touch of sophistication, like say an aroma of good cognac, AND you also know that it is made of organic chocolate and has very little calories. Damn now i need chocolate cake.

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