On Love

On Love

by Alain de Botton

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On Love by Alain de Botton

On Love is globally bestselling novelist-philosopher Alain De Botton’s iconic debut—the novel that launched his decorated literary career; and a funny, profound, and searingly true-to-life exploration of love.

A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London, and so begins a love story—from fist kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with starling clarity, as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood. Now, in tandem with the arrival of The Course of Love —de Botton’s first novel in twenty years and one about mature love—we celebrate the timeless debut about young love that serves as The Course of Love ’s precursor and companion.

Reissued with a brilliant introduction by the New York Times bestselling author of How Should a Person Be? , Shelia Heti, On Love is a contemporary classic that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love.

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ISBN-13: 9780802142405
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/09/2006
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 71,474
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.38(h) x (d)

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"A dazzlingly original, erudite and worth journey through all the vagaries of romantic love. A total delight."

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On Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sobering outlook at love and relationships. Though at times a bit dty and cerebral, Alain De Botton's analysis (if it could be called that considering the creative imagination available throughout the the plot) is a fresh reminder that love is every bit an insane area of the human emotional experience as it is an art and a discipline to be mastered through pain, ectstasy, disappointment, bliss, confusion, and clarity.
SamanthaCopping More than 1 year ago
What a delight! This gem of a novel is like nothing else I've ever read. It shows just how precisely Alain de Botton understands human behavior. I constantly found myself ringing or groaning as I saw my own relationship misteps brilliantly illustrated. Definitely worth your time.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say this is a book that I can pick up at different periods of my life and consistently relate to each line De Botton writes. I agree that any person who as ever been in love, or has had the illusion of being in love would very much relate to this novel. It was both inspirational and entertaining to be with this character through such a relization into love....I would say it is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't understand the criticisms that de Botton's book is 'too erudite' or pretentious. Have we all become so stupid that this book is really over our heads? This gem of a maiden-voyage is most certainly not an exaggerated attempt to flaunt the author's classical education. Botton's literary style is quite mature, but one he continues to employ in every subsequent book, as any close reader of his work would acknowledge. De Botton is no Jennifer Weiner...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit this book is very hard to get into. But once you get past the erudite language, there are some ideas that are amazing in their simplicity, and at the same time, their complexity. For example, he talks about breaking up with his girlfriend over a pair of shoes she bought that he finds hideous. These kind of realistic moments are turned into scholarly statements on life. A truly satirical, lighthearted novel at heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'on love' is a beautifully true novel. if you have ever been in love, you will feel like this is written for you.