The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping, and the Novel

The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping, and the Novel

by Alain de Botton, Alain De Botton


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ISBN-13: 9780312144036
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 09/05/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 763,685
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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.

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The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping, and the Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Myhi on LibraryThing 6 months ago
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.
amydross on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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.