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.
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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rather boring, when comparing to the other essays of Botton.Between the stories of a regular single woman chasing her dream-guy and the way-too-scientific explanations on the individual-in-love, I found myself often annoyed.Not sure whether I was expecting more of a novel... certainly got more on shopping and the 'theory of love', in details, described with charts and diagrams ! Was hoping to forget for a moment about engineering - so I guess I chose the wrong book.Still, AdB is really worth reading - will give him few more chances, I only read a couple of his works.
Entertaining, occasionally thought-provoking, but not one of De Botton's best. Indeed, in many ways it's simply a rehash of Essays in Love and Kiss and Tell, both of which were better. The biggest problem is that the author doesn't seem to like his characters very much. I understand he doesn't want to appear snobbish, so he decided to write about "ordinary people" in an "ordinary relationship". That's fine, but he should be careful not to confuse ordinary with banal.