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Kiss and Tell [Paperback]

Alain de Botton
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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26 April 1996
Presents a challenge to biographical norms by setting out to chart the life of someone unknown, intimate with their biographer, and still alive. The subject of the book is Isabel Rogers, a 25-year-old Londoner, and her biographer's approach to her life is complicated by their love affair.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (26 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330347594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330347594
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alain de Botton is the author of Essays in Love (1993), The Romantic Movement (1994), Kiss and Tell (1995), How Proust can Change your Life (1997), The Consolations of Philosophy (2000) The Art of Travel (2002), Status Anxiety (2004) and most recently, The Architecture of Happiness (2006).

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold innovation 26 Feb 2001
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A highly original attempt to ask the question: 'How does one person ever get to know another?' and to use the biographical form to explore this issue. Don't expect a novel in the traditional sense, more an essay: and then you can't fail to get something out of this
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5.0 out of 5 stars good if not perfect 9 May 2001
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It's true that this isn't de Botton's greatest book, but then, he's one of those writers who is interesting even when he's not on top form. His voice is highly readable - a bit like Ian McEwan or Philip Roth. Once you finish one page, you just naturally want to read on. And the character at the heart of this story is totally loveable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars first-class writing 18 Sep 1999
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This is a highly intelligent and literate examination of both fiction and biography: a clever, ironic study in both genres which casts doubt on both and intrigues the reader with doubts as to the veracity of either. A novelist's novelist...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 27 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The summary as written on line prepared one for this book. No great surprises. Enjoyable to read if this is your taste in literature
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