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This wasn't really what I expected. I have a lot of time for Alain de Botton, I loved 'A Week At The Airport' and enjoyed 'The Consolations of Philosophy'. I think my problem with this book was my expectation; I thought it would be thoughtful essays on the subject of love. And I wanted a happy ending. My guess is that de Botton wrote this as a way of dealing with the break up of his relationship with Chloe. The book tells the story of their relationship and their eventual break up when she goes off with one of Alain's work colleagues.
The book analyses the relationship and Alain's feelings therewith. The start is absolutely gorgoeus, storytelling their fall into love. But they break up. I just wish they hadn't. Alain meets someone else at the end though. I just wanted something a bit happier, this is maybe a more truthful look at love, more realistic, less romantic.
Nevertheless I enjoyed the book, I think the fruit of it's use will become more apparent when I next have a relationship, it's certainly a book that stays with you.