"The Course of Love is a return to the form that made Mr. de Botton's name in the mid-1990s….love is the subject best suited to his obsessive aphorizing, and in this novel he again shows off his ability to pin our hopes, methods and insecurities to the page." (The New York Times)
The long-awaited and beguiling second novel from Alain de Botton that tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from the internationally best-selling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life. De Botton's essay "Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person" (The New York Times, May 28, 2016), which draws from The Course of Love, was the number-one most emailed article for days.
We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term relationship is as simple as "happily ever after". The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophy - an annotation and a guide to what we are reading.
This is a romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experience - fictional, philosophical, psychological - that urges us to identify deeply with these characters and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love.
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"[Narrator] Julian Rhind-Tutt's voice is tender, seductive, secretive, or open, as needed. Whichever tone he uses, listening to him is always a joy.... Rhind-Tutt keeps the listening worthwhile and far from routine." (AudioFile)
This book really nails the human experience. Worth a read to better understand how we process and how we are effected by life and love.
An honest look into love that is insightful and thoughtful. A fantastically wonderful listen that is sure to entertain as well as educate.
Everyone who is attempting romantic relationships should be required to read this book. I feel that the author has so eloquently articulated the feelings and revelations I have come to understand after decades of relationship experience. Young people would be well served to read this novel before attempting serious romantic connections, as the knowledge and perspective the author provides would seriously circumvent a lot of the angst, frustrations and heart aches common to relationships which are built around a society accepted, standard of irrational, untraceable goals for personal connection and commitment. This book helps outline a healthy, realistic course of a love between two people that serves as a better example than most we are given in the media / story telling available today. This book has changed my life!!!
I have never listened to a more illuminatory novel about real life, real love and real struggles of married couples. I am still young but the understanding this novel has brought me I hope to carry into my future marriage. I am recommending this novel to everyone I know!!
Why do we marry? Why are we unhappy? Frustrated psychotherapist de Botton goes for the jugular, mixing references to modern-day sources of couples-angst with below-the-belt claims to omniscience and healthy doses of psychobabble, complete with tongue-in-cheek (I hope) citations. It's a fun ride if you keep your wits about you.
Incredibly poignant take on what it takes to be in a long-term relationship. The author does an impeccable job of characterizing and describing that child's voice inside all of us. This book gently looks at the silent struggle inside and the way we, as humans, fail to properly express ourselves or appreciate the struggles of others - especially those we love. We should strive to look at one another with the love and kindness that we would give to an innocent child, because deep down, that's what we are inside. This is a beautiful book!
Really like the way the author tells the story and gives philosophical commentary along the way. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Love is a journey. Don't be fooled by Hollywood's version of love, it's deception to just follow your heart, there is more to a relationship.
Overall a good performance but the reader lowered and raised his voice at every turn so rampantly that I felt the need to turn up or down the volume throughout the reading. Awkward.
Insightful and sometimes hard to hear - but ultimately balances between the bad news and the hope for marriage. Trying to decide if I would recommend to my adult children!
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