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Read online On Love.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC On Love The longing for a destiny is nowhere stronger than in our romantic life we are told at the outset of Alain de Botton s On Love a hip charming and devastatingly witty rumination on the thrills and pitfalls of romantic love .

The narrator is smitten by Chloe on a Paris London flight and by the time they ve reached the luggage carousel he knows he is in love He loves her chestnut hair and pale nape and watery green eyes the way she drives a car and eats Chinese food the gap that makes her teeth Kantian and not Platonic her views on Heidegger s Being and Time although he hates her taste in shoes On Love plots the course of their affair from the initial delirium of infatuation to the depths of suicidal despair through the Groucho Marxist stage of coming to terms with being loved by the unattainable beloved through a fit of anhedonia defined in medical texts as a disease resulting from the terror brought on by the threat of utter happiness and finally through the nausea induced and terrorist tactics employed when the beloved begins inexplicably to drift away .

Alain de Botton is simultaneously hilarious and intellectually astute shifting with ease among such seminal romantic texts as The Divine Comedy Madame Bovary and The Bleeding Heart a self help book for those who love too much He is schematically flawless funny funky and totally engaging Filled with profound observations and useful diagrams On Love displays and examines for all of us the pain and exhilaration of love asking Can we not be forgiven if we believe ourselves fated to stumble one day upon the man or woman of our dreams Can we not be excused a certain superstitious faith in a creature who will prove the solution to our relentless yearnings by Alain de Botton

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On Love
Title:On Love
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ISBN:0802142400
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Number of Pages:194
Category:Philosophy, Fiction, Romance, Psychology
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Status Anxiety, The Architecture of Happiness, Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, On Love, The Course of Love, A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, How Proust Can Change Your Life
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