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How To Think More About Sex (The School of Life Book 14) Kindle Edition
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I am a fan of Alain de Botton and find the tone in his books and essays to be measured and even and really do recommend this and other readings of his work.
I appreciate that labelling a book like this a polemic may put off readers but AdB has a poet's gift of expression and writes with disarming accessibility. There are also many lyrical passages which demand to be re-read for the sheer enjoyment of his style of expression.
Hard to think how the rest of the titles in this series can possibly live up to this.
Alain de Botton takes us on an unusual journey into the world of sex. But less of a teenage-snickering-at-rude-words venture or a "sexpert" telling us how mastery of the lotus position is the solution to all our sexual woes (I did chuckle at Alain's remarks to this very notion) - more a thoughtful glance from a completely different perspective. Philosophy and sex. Not a normal combination, I give you that... but Mr de Botton is frighteningly on the ball with a number of his observations, and paints a rather stark view of sex. His theories into eroticism and the lack of desire were particularly interesting
His tone is dry, yet charming. It's a bit dark but laced elegantly with some lashings of good humour and a fair amount of tongue-in-cheek to boot. His obsession with art, however, grated somewhat... Trudging through a whimsical, yet painfully detailed, fascination with a painting of a woman (personally I thought it was a creepy sort of painting I'd see in a Count Dracula's Castle), how the biblical Madonna is somewhat sexually alluring (The original MILF, I guess) and how our fascination with art depicts our sexual interests.
On a number of occasions I found that he barely skimmed the surface of a topic, or I challenged the idea and wanted more explanation - but was disappointed not to see him explore them further. Some topics weren't even graced with a mention at all - such as social attitudes to sex (i.e. Why are men and women judged so differently in terms of their sexual behaviours)... which left the book feeling a bit bare. It was like I went to a fancy restaurant and left after having the Starters. Lovely starter for sure... just not truly satisfying.Read more ›
I would guess that most people are perplexed as to why sex does not work out for them as they had hoped, then they need to read this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really interesting book. Very dense with case material but worth working through it bPublished 2 months ago by Maro
Loved this book although 5he delivery at times can be excruciatingly middle class in its delivery. The names the experiences and the flow of some of the scenes is although factual... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert C
exactly what the product description said; very satisfiedPublished 19 months ago by AIKATERINI FYTOPOULOU
Really enjoyed this book. As always great writing style from Alain de Botton and some food for thought.Published 19 months ago by Thomas Higginson
Although very well written and undeniably fascinating, I found that 'How to Think More About Sex' offered a disappointingly narrow view of a broad and diverse subject. Read morePublished 23 months ago by atlantis
The best book on sex and relationships I think I've ever read - and that's saying something! de Botton is a rather wry, but very compassionate, guide to the mores and pitfalls of... Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2014 by Self-help junkie
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