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The Consolations of Philosophy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    Easy to read, but complex to write

    De Botton has taken philosophy back to what many people rightly consider is its finest task - to help us to live. Unfortunately, most philosophers in American universities fill their time teaching their students the dullest subjects imaginable. It's no surprise that, to most people, philosophy has now become synomymous with boredom and irrelevance. That's what makes de Botton's book so unusual and so brilliant. That said, a few gurus have tried to draw wisdom from the sages and have failed singularly - but de Botton knows what to pick and how to integrate it into a gripping narrative. he comes across as wise and learned at the same time. This book will, I think, one day be recognised as a serious classic in its genre.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    Wisdom and Compassion

    Alain De Botton's book "The Consolation of Philosophy" is excellent. It is easy to read because of De Botton's lucid style, droll sense of humor and useful illustrations. But his gifts as a writer should not be underestimated. He takes the great philosophers, who are often difficult to understand, and brings them to life. For example, his chapter on frustration and the philosopher Seneca is brilliant. What's more, De Botton's work is not only edifying; it is humanizing. So, the book is inspiring as well as informative. In a theological setting, his combination of humor, substance and style, is similar to Steven Ogden's book "I Met God in Bermuda: Faith in the 21st Century". De Botton's work is a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    Truthseekers read here!

    If you've ordered this book and read it, then you've taken the first step to freeing your mind from all the garbage the media suffocates us with. And if you swallow these eye-opening books like I do then I earnestly recommed anything by Noam Chomsky, as well as these two books, which will no doubt enlighten you about the Bush administration and the war in Iraq: (1) War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War with Iraq (Milan Rai); and (2) STUPID WHITE MEN (Michale Moore). And if you love a good laugh, here's a satire on Bush and the media: The little samba boy (Jay Singh). The truth is out there.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2004

    it was ok

    I finished reading this book about a week ago and I am still a bit confused. The novel takes a while to read and digest because of its obvious philosophical subjects, but I also found it hard to stay focused while reading the novel. I would have to say that I did come away with a better, almost clearer understanding at looking at things in life. I have to give it that. It wasn't all a blur for me, but still difficult to read. I would recommend this to readers that enjoy philosophy and intellectual types of literatures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2000

    You Have to Understand the Genius of Botton

    At first I read his book on Proust and loaned it to two other people, one of whom eventually decided to actually read Remembrance of Things Past. A year later I passed this book and bought it, finishing it over a weekend and thinking how I could induce my friends to read it as well. The one I think is a natural to be enraptured by Montaigne. Botton is a genius who thinks nothing pretentiously. His love for literature and philosophy is so great that he wants to share it with those of us who merely hunger for something deeper than our normal lives.

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