"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"
Essays in Love will appeal to anyone who has ever been in a relationship or confused about love. The book 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. The works genius lies in the way it minutely analyses emotions weve all felt before but have perhaps never understood so well: it includes a chapter on the anxieties of when and how to say I love you and another on the challenges of disagreeing with someone elses taste in shoes. While gripping the reader with the talent of a great novelist, de Botton brings a philosophers sensibility to his analysis of the emotions of love, resulting in a genre-breaking book that is at once touching and thought-provoking. The books success has much to do with its beautifully modelled sentences, its wry humour and its unwavering deadpan respect for its readers intelligence . . . full of keen observation and flashes of genuine lyricism, acuity and depth. Francine Prose, New Republic 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