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Essays In Love

Picador Classic

Book 8 in the series

3.98 based on 7819 ratings & 607 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 01.01.2015
ISBN: 9781447275329
Number of pages: 224

Synopsis

With an introduction by Sheila Heti

A unique love story and a classic work of philosophy, rooted in the mysterious workings of the human heart and mind.

Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.

A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London, and so begins a love story - from first kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with startling clarity, as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood.

With the verve of a novelist and the insight of a philosopher, Alain de Botton uncovers the mysteries of the human heart. Essays In Love is an iconic book - one that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love.

In the media

Single-handedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us to live our lives
Independent
It's a familiar tale but there is nothing predictable about De Botton's explanation of how love enthrals us all. This is no light romance but a sort of "When Harry Met Sally Meets Roland Barthes". . . A novel of wit and insight; whatever the state of your love life, it will make entertaining and sometimes painful, sometimes profitable reading
Time Out
Witty, funny, sophisticated, neatly tied up, and full of wise and illuminating insights.
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