The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping, and the Novel

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In The Romantic Movement, Alain de Botton explores the progress of a love affair from first meeting to breaking up, intercut with musings on the nature of art of love. The relationship between Alice, an advertising executive, and Eric, a banker, is examined at every stage, supplemented by quizzes and line drawings by the author and commentary by a chorus of great philosophers, from Descartes to Plato to Aretha Franklin. The Romantic Movement will charm readers and lovers alike ...

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Overview

In The Romantic Movement, Alain de Botton explores the progress of a love affair from first meeting to breaking up, intercut with musings on the nature of art of love. The relationship between Alice, an advertising executive, and Eric, a banker, is examined at every stage, supplemented by quizzes and line drawings by the author and commentary by a chorus of great philosophers, from Descartes to Plato to Aretha Franklin. The Romantic Movement will charm readers and lovers alike with wit, insight, and intelligence.

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

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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

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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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: 9780312144036
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 484,518
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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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