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The Course of Love

2016 . Fiction, Philosophy, Psychology . Alain de Botton

8.8

Everyone

About the book

4.1/5.0

"An engrossing tale that provides plenty of food for thought" (People, Best New Books pick), this playful, wise, and profoundly moving second novel from the internationally bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership. The long-awaited and beguiling second novel from Alain de Botton that tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from the internationally bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life. De Botton's essay "Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person" (The New York Times, May 28, 2016), which draws from The Course of Love, was the #1 most emailed article for days. We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term relationship is as simple as "happily ever after." The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophy—an annotation and a guide to what we are reading. This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experience—fictional, philosophical, psychological—that urges us to identify deeply with these characters and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love.

Year:

2016

Language:

English

Publisher:

Hamish Hamilton

Pages:

240

ISBN:

0241145473 (ISBN13: 9780241145470)

Reviews

Lærke Øelund

10 months ago

9

Fantastisk bog, der så fint sætter ord på kærlighedens mange smukke og usmukke sider ✨ Tak for anbefaling @MarkusMarañonStraarup og @KM 👏🏻

Markus Marañon Straarup

1 year ago

9

A true masterpiece on what love entails, which should be handed out with any marriage license. At times it can seem to invite despair, but in reality it is a magnificent celebration of love. It even has surprising elements of humor. Thanks for the rec @KmTorre @HollyZeinfeld

1 Comment

Holly Zeinfeld

1 year ago

10

To be read and re-read

Christopher Thorsell

6 months ago

8

Beatriz Marañon Straarup

9 months ago

7

Chris Brown

1 year ago

9