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The Course of Love

The Course of Love 1

by Alain de Botton

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 05/01/2017

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What happens when true love meets real life?

Meet Rabih and Kirsten. Two people who meet, fall in madly love and get married. In most stories this would be how it ends. Here, it is just the beginning.

Embarking on a shared life path with no idea where it will lead, both Rabih and Kirsten believe that all you need is love. But in the real world, love isn't a feeling it's a skill. And once they've settled down, started a home and a family, life gets a lot more complicated. . .

This is a modern love story. It is a story about learning to survive, endure and flourish in a relationship. Above all, it is a story full of tenderness and sympathy for the hard work of keeping love going, and full of hope that we can make it through.

Contemporary fiction
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Penguin Books, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a "philosophy of everyday life." He has written about love, travel, architecture, and literature.

His books have been bestsellers in thirty countries. De Botton also started and helps to run a London- based school called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.

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  • Enlightening

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    Alain de Botton's novel writing has the same motivations as, perhaps, Sartre or Camus - his fiction is a vehicle for a discourse on philosophy and society,

    In this book, he employs a model of jumping out of the narrative action to italicised essayistic discussion. It's something that could easily be frustrating for a reader, or least ask a lot of hard work from them. Fortunately, this veteran writer is very considered in his approach and his text moves along quickly and gently. Both the discussion and narrative flow in an easy parallel, always serving to complement and enhance one another.

    It is a shame, however, that this love narrative of husband and wife is told only from the perspective of husband. The character of Kirsten is certainly well formed and expressed but without her perspective, this insightful text feels somehow incomplete.

    Nonetheless, this easy read rewards the reader with its deconstructions of real coupledom (NB the chapter on sulking) which will surprise and fascinate.