The Course of Love (Paperback)
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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 26/01/2017
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Through one couple’s story, De Botton explores infatuation, commitment, tenderness and infidelity in an unapologetically realistic way that expands the very idea of the nature of love itself.
 

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 soul mate.

Modern love is never easy. Society is obsessed with stories of romance, but what comes after happily ever after?

This is a love story with a difference.

From dating to marriage, from having kids to having affairs, it follows the progress of a single ordinary relationship: tender, messy, hilarious, painful, and entirely un-Romantic. His first novel for twenty years, The Course of Love is Alain de Botton's love story for the modern world, chronicling the daily intimacies, the blazing rows, the endless tiny gestures that make up a life shared between two people.

Moving and deeply insightful, The Course of Love offers us a window into essential truths about the nature of love.

‘This is a wise book, and a delightful and witty one too. It makes you think and feel. You will learn something about yourself and about other people.’ – The Scotsman

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241962138
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


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Publisher's description. Rabih and Kirsten meet, fall in love, get married. Think this is the end of the story? It's only the beginning. With his trademark warmth and wit, Alain de Botton explores modern relationships with a novel that asks what it truly means to love and to be loved. * Penguin *
He's completely on the money with the minutiae of marital life and every note rings uncomfortably true. The story is told with great wit and affection... de Botton knows his stuff and the book builds into a truly wonderful and positive analysis of a successful lifelong partnership. It should be compulsory reading for anyone contemplating tying the knot. * Daily Mail *
Engaging, meticulous, acutely perceptive... There's a refreshing honesty in what De Botton has to say * Guardian *
One passage was so spot-on that I read it aloud to my husband... De Botton appreciates, as few writers do, the miracle and subtlety of the so-called ordinary * The Times *
Well-observed and imbued with a tenderness that feels authentic and uncynical... It may even save some marriages. * Evening Standard *
[A] worldly wise romance * Mail on Sunday *
A complete delight -- Amy Bloom, author of 'Lucky us'

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“Philosophy of love continues....”

Twenty years after his bestselling debut " Essays in Love" Alain de Botton returns to fiction with another book on the philosophy of modern relationships, marriage and parenthood. He argues " What hoes... More

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“The course of true love doesn't end with the wedding... ”

In The Course of Love de Botton explains that our traditional view of love is not so much wrong as too narrow. We focus so strongly on the beginning of love, the meeting, the falling and the wedding that we fail to... More

Hardback edition
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“The Course of Love by Alain de Botton”

Telling a story is certainly an unusual way to get points over and therefore so clever in getting the reader to understand how we behave in a long-lasting relationship, how we learn from our and other's mistakes,... More

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