The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping, and the Novel

Overview

Alice is disappointed by men and searching for answers when she meets and embarks on an affair with Eric. Her romantic predicaments and emotional swings give rise to a host of questions. Why is jealousy sometimes a good thing? At what stage can one disagree with a lover's opinion, without giving offense? Must there always be an issue of power between people? And, perhaps most important of all, what is the link between love, sex, and shopping? With a sure feel for women and men, Alain de Botton reveals the lovers'...
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Overview

Alice is disappointed by men and searching for answers when she meets and embarks on an affair with Eric. Her romantic predicaments and emotional swings give rise to a host of questions. Why is jealousy sometimes a good thing? At what stage can one disagree with a lover's opinion, without giving offense? Must there always be an issue of power between people? And, perhaps most important of all, what is the link between love, sex, and shopping? With a sure feel for women and men, Alain de Botton reveals the lovers' characters; he also provides a chorus of thinkers about love, from Descartes and Rousseau to Plato, D. H. Lawrence, and Aretha Franklin. As Alice begins to evaluate Eric as a prospective mate, her thoughts are amusingly illustrated by a succession of drawings and charts.

The author of the critically acclaimed On Love offers an utterly delightful book that once more takes up the eternal theme of love. Alice, disappointed with men and searching for answers, meets Eric and embarks on an affair that is catalogued in all its thrills and pitfalls.

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Editorial Reviews

John Updike
"'The Romantic Movement' sheds light on the nature of relationships....The method of telling much and showing little produces a good deal of wit, cogency, and humor." -- The New Yorker
Pico Iyer
"A spendhal of death's nineties dating scene...'The Romantic Movement' is that rarest of artifacts, a novel that smiles." -- Time Magazine
Lisa Veidner
"A reader get whiss of Donald Barthelme, Julian Barnes, Woody Allen, films of Eric Rohmer...Mr. De Botton borrows exuberlantly, as well from the forbares...Therein lies the buoyant charm of the approach." -- The New York Times Book Review
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"The Romantic Movement sheds light on the nature of relationships . . . The method of telling much and showing little produces a good deal of wit, cogency, and humor."—John Updike, The New Yorker

"A reader gets whiffs of Donald Barthelme, Julian Barnes, Woody Allen, the films of Eric Rohmer . . . Mr. de Botton borrows exuberantly, and well, from his forebears . . . therein lies the buoyant charm of the approach."—Lisa Zeidner, The New York Times Book Review

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With a sure feel for the sentiments of men & women, the author of On Love tells the story of Alice & Eric & their bumpy relationship, revealed through amusing drawings & a chorus of thoughts about love, from such authorities as Plato & D.H. Lawrence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780808161806
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/1995
  • Pages: 326

Meet the Author

Alain de Botton was born in Switzerland in 1969, educated at Cambridge, and lives in London. He is the author of The Romantic Movement (Picador) and How Proust Can Change Your Life. His first novel, On Love, was published in fifteen countries, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction.

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