The Course of Love: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, 14 juni 2016 - 240 sidor
“An engrossing tale [that] provides plenty of food for thought” (People, Best New Books pick), this playful, wise, and profoundly moving second novel from the internationally bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership.

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 explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. We see, 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. As The New York Times says, “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.”

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. “There’s no writer alive like de Botton, and his latest ambitious undertaking is as enlightening and humanizing as his previous works” (Chicago Tribune).
 

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Review: The Course of Love

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1. How Proust Can Change Your Life 2. The Consolations of Philosophy 3. The Architecture of Happiness 4. On Love 5. The Course of Love 6. The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work 7. The one in the airport 8. The rest Läs hela recensionen

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Reflective and thought-provoking; drives you to consider how relationships work and what drives us to make the choices we do in our needs and relating to one another. Läs hela recensionen

Innehåll

Infatuations
3
In Love
17
Silly Things
49
Sulks
61
Transference
78
Universal Blame
86
Teaching and Learning
95
Love Lessons
107
The Prestige of Laundry
144
Adultery
151
Pro
159
Contra
166
Irreconcilable Desires
177
Secrets
183
Attachment Theory
189
Ready for Marriage
212

The Limits of Love
123
Sex and Parenthood
134

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Om författaren (2016)

Alain de Botton is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including On Love, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, and The Course of Love. He lives in London where he founded The School of Life, an organization devoted to fostering emotional health and intelligence. More can be found at AlainDeBotton.com.

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