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Essays in Love | [Alain de Botton]

Essays in Love

Essays in Love is a stunningly original love story. Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak.
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Essays in Love is a stunningly original love story. Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak.

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    cheri kansas city, MO, United States 06-20-12
    cheri kansas city, MO, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Poetically Written.....Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Essays in Love to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator made the subjects pop


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Essays in Love?

    Every page drew me in with the brilliant form of writing.


    Which character – as performed by James Wilby – was your favorite?

    He performed them all beautufully


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I had the time


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    Maria Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 05-07-12
    Maria Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 05-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Every relationship you've ever analyzed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't recommend this book to all my friends but I know that some of them would enjoy it as much as I did. It's for romantics that think too much sometimes. It's for realists that love to fall in love nevertheless.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Essays in Love?

    There are many memorable moments...but perhaps what stands out now after a couple weeks is the way intimacy in the couple is revealed and lost. The fight scenes are funny in a "oh yeah, I've been there" kinda way.


    Have you listened to any of James Wilby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was my first James Wilby book and I enjoyed his reading very much.


    Who was the most memorable character of Essays in Love and why?

    I guess it was the main male character because he's so introspective to the point of absurdity but also insightful.


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    Rachel North Sydney, Australia 02-20-12
    Rachel North Sydney, Australia 02-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    What made the experience of listening to Essays in Love the most enjoyable?

    Well read, interesting story


    What other book might you compare Essays in Love to and why?

    Anything else by Alain de Botton, especially 'How Proust Can Change Your Life'.


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    3/29/13
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    "Not for the lonely ..."

    Alain de Botton meticulously dissects that bizarre and complex creature: the Love Affair. He takes every emotion felt, and every action taken, and - through the magnifying glass of philosophy - analyses the whole process of falling in love. From the moment of the lovers’ first contact, through the heat of their passion, the rage of their arguments and the ridiculousness of their sulks, we hear what the philosophers - ancient and modern - have made of love.

    As with everything of Alain de Botton’s that I’ve read, 'Essays in Love' is rich with ideas and beautifully written: he manages to put heart into what could otherwise be rather abstract intellectual concepts. The narrator is somewhat neurotic but in a necessary and likeable way, and I was with him through all of his trials. A wonderful book - brilliantly narrated, too - that is going to stay with me for a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • miss
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    12/27/12
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    "Great"

    It wasn't what I expected, but it was a brilliant balance between being a novel and a psychological analysis of feelings of love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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