- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (20 Jan. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330440780
- ISBN-13: 978-0330440783
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Essays In Love Paperback – Abridged, 20 Jan 2006
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"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"
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It feels like a young person's relationship and de Botton did write the book in his 20s. The book is categorised as fiction and even has an alternative title for the US market of "On Love: A Novel" but it is not a novel in the conventional sense. There is an overall story as de Botton charts his relationship with Chloe but at each stage of the relationship he examines the philosophy and inner workings of a relationship. It feels like non-fiction and I wonder how much of the relationship is fictional and how much is based on one or more relationships that de Botton has had in the past.
The numbering of paragraphs seemed odd but it's certainly an engaging read and I would recommend it.
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Private pain and obsessive love CAN forge great literature - witness The Divine Comedy
Sadly, most of us (if we are tempted to write it down) turn out self-absorbed and... Read more
Found it a pretentious self serving egotistical piece of nonsense. Extremely disappointing. Alain should stick to more academic treatise on philosophy.Published 8 months ago by jamie knight
exactly what the product description said; very satisfiedPublished 19 months ago by AIKATERINI FYTOPOULOU
This book is for those readers wanting to be instantly immersed in the story and to learn or have someone share some universal experiences we al have in relationships. Read morePublished 20 months ago by enthusiast11
Psychological and Philosophical journey into a romantic novel - Genius. This book surprised me. It is Definitely worth a readPublished 21 months ago by Anon
Slightly depressing, one clinically dissected girlfriend/boyfriend relationship from the man's perspective. Speaks volumes about the modern anglo male, says nothing about 'love'.Published on 26 Jun. 2014 by Nina Martin
I have read and re-read this book so many times! It is so enjoyable and insightful. I have recommended it to all my friendsPublished on 21 Jun. 2014 by Richard Huzij
Another insightful and inspirational one by Alain de Botton. This guy really is philosophy for the ordinary person. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2014 by Terri