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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,276 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alain de Botton Narrator: James Wilb Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Essays in Love 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. It minutely analyzes emotions we've all felt before but have perhaps never understood so well: it includes a chapter on the anxieties of when and how to say I love you and another on the challenges of disagreeing with someone else's taste in shoes. While gripping the reader with the talent of a great novelist, de Botton brings a philosopher's sensibility to the emotions of love.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter | 2/17/2014

    " I recommend this book surprisingly often. It's written as a quasi-philosophical treatise, and in the style of Stendhal. The problem, wonderfully well-executed, is that the narrator's theories of love are continually overwhelmed by reality. Serious folks might say it's Nabokov-lite, but I really enjoyed the tone, and the fact that Team Theory puts up a good fight against Team Reality. Not as gimmicky as it might seem. If you liked this, you'd probably like The Red and the Black (esp. Raffel's very accessible, semi-recent translation. Fun stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara Young | 2/16/2014

    " This is a great book that dissects and philosophizes on love. Complete with illustrations, this is a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shilpa Gulati | 2/1/2014

    " de Botton does not mince words. His writing is a carefully crafted work of art, and this story (formatted as numbered paragraphs and diagrams that are grouped by theme to narrate the story of a love found and then lost) reads lyrically. I picked this up after watching the author's insightful TED talk on human ideas of success and failure.. this novel also explores the complexity of human relationships and pins down difficult to express emotions. It's definitely not a romantic take on love, but it's very honest, perceptive, funny, and relatable - loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 1/23/2014

    " Hahaha I've already read this one, many times. I just love it so much! "

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