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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best contemporary books written "on love".
de Botton's 1993 novel, On Love, is at once engrossing, thought-provoking and ultimately fulfilling. He skillfully blends an appropriate mixture of humor and sentiment into a story that could easily have become maudlin and trite. The questions that he ponders and the insights that he ascertains regarding this ever-elusive subject are extraordinary -- perhaps almost too...
Published on 17 Mar 1998

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Immature
First love usually has it's pitfalls. All love stories end. None more drastic than first love. Love is something you practice. It is work, not just pleasure. My summory is that it is a well-written, literary enjoyable book but the narrator lacks the insight to accept the "otherness" of the lover - see DH Lawrence's observations on togetherness and...
Published on 13 Feb 1999


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best contemporary books written "on love"., 17 Mar 1998
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This review is from: On Love (Paperback)
de Botton's 1993 novel, On Love, is at once engrossing, thought-provoking and ultimately fulfilling. He skillfully blends an appropriate mixture of humor and sentiment into a story that could easily have become maudlin and trite. The questions that he ponders and the insights that he ascertains regarding this ever-elusive subject are extraordinary -- perhaps almost too real at times. Interestingly, a large part of the novel is written in the first-person narrative, with only a few pages devoted to actual dialogue among the players. Still, de Botton keeps his readers intimately involved with the story, while at the same time gracefully teaching many basic concepts of social philosophy. Perhaps the only criticism might lie in the excerpt and brief description on the book's back, which hardly does the story justice. A marvelously written tale which concludes as beautifully as it began, this book is most recommended if not for its refreshing and original take "on love", but for its attempt (a successful one, in this reader's opinion) to grasp this metaphorical goal that all of us hope one day to attain.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but also published by Picador as 'Essays n Love'., 3 Jan 2001
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This book is published under different names by different publishers ('Essays in Love' by Picador and 'On Love' by Grove Press) and I fell foul of this by buying through Amazon (and therefore unable to physically see they were identical). Apart from this, I thoroughly recommend Alain de Botton. It's not for those who prefer not to think though, it is thought provoking and makes you work hard. Nevertheless it also can make you smile at the truisims within the pages. Well worth a read but not for the lazy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensationally incisive and thoroughly entertaining., 25 Aug 1998
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De Botton's first book manages simultaneously to be important and entertaining. Through the first-person narrative, de Botton succinctly and insightfully dissects the nature of a romantic relationship. Sophisticated enough in its pontifications not to be trite, On Love is also spiced with enough humor that it does not plunge into a tired and dry treatise on love. In drawing from classical thinkers as well as providing diagrams for the reader, de Botton manages both further to illustrate the points he is making and to satirize the soberness of the sources and mechanisms that he uses to advance and refine his narrator's observations. This book can be a comfort that we are not alone in the psychoses that love breeds. At the same time, the book can help us raise our awareness as to the sources of these psychoses. Equally rewarding to plow through in three hours at the beach or to carefully dissect with a hi-liter over a course of months.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for the single girl, 25 Mar 1999
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If you've ever wondered, as I did, what it would be like to have a relationship with a man who was intelligent, insightful, well-read, honest, open, emotionally available, even vulnerable, had a wit that made you laugh out loud AND was madly in love with you, adored you and everything about you, check this out. Alain de Botton is brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 30 Jan 1999
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Funny, witty, clever. An economist's approach to love. A great book and a good, quck read. If you don't like this book, you've never been in love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars forget the self-help books..., 30 Mar 1999
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Who needs to know "Why Women Think the Way they Do" or "What Every Woman should know about Men." De Botton has captured so many of what are probably universal feelings and thoughts on love. Painful, yet funny, because so much of it's true!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story of a romance, 20 July 2003
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This is the story of a romance from start to finish. It is a hilarious and thought provoking study of love and how it changes us. As you read you realise he could be talking about your last relationship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars adb is a smart man., 21 July 1998
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sometimes i take breaks from adb's books because i want them to last as long as possible. this is an author i would love to have conversation with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful love story, 5 Nov 1996
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An extremely witty account of a love story, that basically says everything you'll ever need to know about love. It is written in a highly original style, which avoids the boredom of most novels. An ingenious mixture of analysis and story. Great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 27 Oct 2012
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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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