The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

bookshelves: published-2016, philosophy, net-galley, e-book, winter-20152016

Read from February 14 to 15, 2016


Description: Rabih and Kirsten meet, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning. Over the years this ordinary couple will miscommunicate and misunderstand each other, will worry about money, will have first a girl and then a boy. One of them will have an affair, one will think about it. Both will have doubts. This will be the real love story. Twenty-first century depictions of love and marriage are shaped by a set of Romantic myths and misconceptions. With his trademark warmth and wit, Alain de Botton explores the complex landscape of a modern relationship, presenting a realistic case study for marriage and examining what it might mean to love, to be loved – and to stay in love.

It’s de Botton, so of course this is not going to be a straight forward romance, even though it is, albeit a forensic overview.

I have a soft spot for de Botton, his Schopenhauer inserts when I was suffering were a real boon. This was lovely as a Valentine’s weekend read.

A marriage doesn’t begin with a proposal, or even an initial meeting. It begins far earlier, when the idea of love is born, and more specifically the dream of a soulmate.”

3* The Art of Travel
4* The Consolations of Philosophy
3* The Course of Love (novel)
3* Religion For Atheists

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