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The Course of Love - by Alain De Botton (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 240

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Author: Alain De Botton

Language: English

Street Date: June 14, 2016
TCIN: 76779420
UPC: 9781501134258
Item Number (DPCI): 247-00-2824

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PRAISE FOR THE COURSE OF LOVE:

"The Course of Love is a return to the form that made Mr. de Botton's name in the mid-1990s.... love is the subject best suited to his obsessive aphorizing, and in this novel he again shows off his ability to pin our hopes, methods and insecurities to the page." -
-The New York Times

"There's no writer alive like de Botton, and his latest ambitious undertaking is as enlightening and humanizing as his previous works."
-Chicago Tribune

"For me, the publication of any book by Alain de Botton is as much a reason for celebration as it is for cerebration, and his novel The Course of Love is a satisfying look at relationships and the perils of romantic love. This public philosopher writes with verve."
-Wall Street Journal (WSJ.com)

"This book is like a self-help book for dating and relationships, disguised as a novel...We understand what each person is thinking and why, with de Botton's insights sprinkled in. It made me rethink what it means to be happy in a relationship."
-The Cut (NYMag.com)

"[De Botton] analyzes Rabih's feelings, especially, with the finesse of a therapist--and in fact there is more than a whiff of the couch in this exemplary tale...Readers looking for insights and guidance will find plenty."
-NPR

"An engrossing tale [that] provides plenty of food for thought."
-People (Best New Books pick)

"Assured...The author deftly delivers both sides of the marriage, exploring the incompatible interplay of romantic love and practical love...Part literary novel, part self-help handbook, "The Course of Love" certainly illuminates the subtle and not-so-subtle fissures of one modern marriage and what it takes for two people to stay together through the years...this nontraditional novel is generous in its spirit and message."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"A cunning novel that tells of a couple from the spark of first love, maintenance through the demands of children and career, the challenges of boredom, and aging. What happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence?"
-San Francisco Chronicle

"A living, volatile portrait of how two very different souls love, complement and aggravate each other. You may not agree with all of de Botton's thoughts on marriage, but it's wonderful how he makes such a big, sweeping subject out of routine existence...[De Botton's] uncanny access to Rabih's and Kirsten's contrasting feelings, aspirations, insecurities and resentments at every changing stage of their love lives makes the novel a marvel."
-Seattle Times

'"The always-intriguing de Botton, who returns to fiction after 20 years and numerous nonfiction books, aims to answer the question, What is it like to be married for awhile? The answers are often funny but also quite moving, thought provoking, forgiving, and drenched in truth."
--Booklist

"An ambitious book; one that resolves, if it cannot change art, to widen our expectations of what we might go to a novel for. The lives of Kirsten and Rabih...help us in a solemn way to examine the illusions and pains that loving relationships are heir to. The Course of Love testifies that discontented families, if we cannot call them unhappy ones, are much alike after all."
--Flavorwire

"Well-observed and imbued with a tenderness that feels authentic and uncynical. It may even save some marriages. My bet is that if de Botton's name were taken off this book it would be f�ted by the sort of people who are in thrall to Milan Kundera and Adam Thirlwell. He wants us to feel less alone -- and that's not such a bad thing."
--Evening Standard (UK)

"The course of true love may not run smooth, but the storytelling certainly does in this wise, humane and irresistibly readable history of an appealingly nuanced relationship. De Botton deftly moves us through time, weaving in philosophical interludes that showcase his essayistic gifts, so that before we know it we have lived a whole life with these two, and they are just getting started. De Botton directs his ferocious intelligence at the most complex puzzle of all, and it seems that no intellectual or emotional problem surpasses his ability to solve it."
--Matthew Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves

"The Course of Love is a complete delight. Not surprisingly, I feel that Alain de Botton not only wrote it for me, but also that we must have been conversing on these subjects happily and deeply, privately or in my dreams."
--Amy Bloom, New York Times bestselling author of Away and Lucky Us

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