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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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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Immature, 13 Feb 1999
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This review is from: On Love (Paperback)
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 separateness. It is possible, no, necessary to be able to love someone whose taste in shoes you don't agree with. Witholding your disapproval of someone's behaviour when it doesn't hurt or affect anyone - is love. Please write another book on the same kind of experience in 20 years time - you'll see what I mean!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Del Amor, 18 July 1997
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This review is from: On Love (Paperback)
Es el primer libro que leo de alguien nacido en el mismo año que yo y que trate del amor. Al final de su lectura la sensación fue de tranquilidad. Yo no estaba loco. No estoy seguo
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 Sep 1998
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Witty, clever. Intelligent allusions to philosophers and literature. I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good prose, but ultimately tedious, 9 July 1997
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This review is from: On Love (Paperback)
De Botton's book is inventive, erudite, and quite
engrossing. But, it's too cerebral, too steeped
in "francophony" intellectualism. Love is not like
that; you can't be thinking things through all
the time. Woody Allen once had a joke about the
prospect of brain removal: "Not my brain, not my
second-favourite organ!" And that's the crux:
In love, the mind should perhaps take second place.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In 20 years it'll be revered as a classic, 18 Nov 1998
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An approach to love, in a post-Modern way, with echoes of Barthes and Eco. Highly witty and a bit cynical; sometimes the erudit references may bore the reader who might be looking for a new, yet romantic view of love. The neo-Barroque style is surely imposing itself as a late XX-century feature in the literary fields.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the many levels of Alain de botton's "love", 31 July 1998
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The truth is thats there is nothing really simple about anything. Especalily love, Alain de Botton "On-love" puts the carnel affairs of the heart through the mircosciope and studies it with the eyes of a sceintist. And discovers many things. First the general a promblem pleged romanace bewteen two young London professials thats ends badly and runs out steam after a year. Second that a pattern of behavior emerges that is detailed and very true for most people face the same problems face with romance. thridly is the sublime joy thats comes when we find romantic joy and the unbelivable pain when it ends. If i have any problem with "on-love". I cared so much so about his adventures with Chloe that I grew tired of his observarions. No matter how brilliant they were. Im purely guessing here but i think mr de botton wrote this book when racking his brain trying to find out how the perfect romance had gone wrong. And came to the conclusion it wasnt! very perfect after all.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clever, but not gripping, 12 Jun 2004
This review is from: On Love (Paperback)
This book is a semi-novel. Chapters about a love story and about psychological aspects of love alternate. De Botton is a very able writer and he makes some amusing comments about falling and being in love. However, he repeats himself quite a lot (pitfall of non-fiction?) and I soon lost interest.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars esplendido libro, 9 Mar 1999
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la unica cosa que puede impedirnos apreciar este libro es sentir envidia por el autor, porquie es el libro que nos gustaria poder escribir. de botton es delicado, inteligente y sabe escribir sobre el amor. lo que dice es inmensamente cierto, y como consecuencia a veces doloroso
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1.0 out of 5 stars superannoying, 3 Jan 1999
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A disappointing, pretentious effort. The characters are unoriginal and the plot predictable. A few months after buying this book I actually threw it away because I couldn't bear to have it in the house a moment longer.
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