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Read online The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work We spend most of our waking lives at work in occupations often chosen by our unthinking younger selves And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our occupations mean to us i The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work i is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace beautifully evoking what other people wake up to do each day and night to make the frenzied contemporary world function With a philosophical eye and his signature combination of wit and wisdom Alain de Botton leads us on a journey around a deliberately eclectic range of occupations from rocket science to biscuit manufacture accountancy to art in search of what make jobs either fulfilling or soul destroying .

Along the way he tries to answer some of the most urgent questions we can ask about work Why do we do it What makes it pleasurable What is its meaning And why do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also the planet Characteristically lucid witty and inventive Alain de Botton s song for occupations is a celebration and exploration of an aspect of life which is all too often ignored and a book that shines a revealing light on the essential meaning of work in our lives by Alain de Botton

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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Title:The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
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Number of Pages:336
Category:Philosophy, Non fiction, Sociology, Essays, Psychology
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Anyone who s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton s irresistibly clear headed new book immediately For in its pages a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love To demonstrate his thesis de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins br br Whether it s assessing the class consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism dueling or home furnishing b Status Anxiety b is infallibly entertaining And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy art appreciation or walking a lobster on a leash it is not only wise but helpful, Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres literary biography and self help manual in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life br br Who would have thought that Marcel Proust one of the most important writers of our century could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to live life Proust understood that the essence and value of life was the sum of its everyday parts As relevant today as they were at the turn of the century Proust s life and work are transformed here into a no nonsense guide to among other things enjoying your vacation reviving a relationship achieving original and unclich d articulation being a good host recognizing love and understanding why you should never sleep with someone on a first date It took de Botton to find the inspirational in Proust s essays letters and fiction and perhaps even more surprising to draw out a vivid and clarifying portrait of the master from between the lines of his work br br Here is Proust as we have never seen or read him before witty intelligent pragmatic He might well change your life, In the summer of Alain de Botton was installed in the middle of Heathrow s Terminal Five on a raised platform with a laptop connected to screens enabling passengers to see what he was writing and to come and share their stories He provides an extraordinary mediation upon the nature of place time and our daily lives, We spend most of our waking lives at work in occupations often chosen by our unthinking younger selves And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our occupations mean to us br i br The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work i is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace beautifully evoking what other people wake up to do each day and night to make the frenzied contemporary world function With a philosophical eye and his signature combination of wit and wisdom Alain de Botton leads us on a journey around a deliberately eclectic range of occupations from rocket science to biscuit manufacture accountancy to art in search of what make jobs either fulfilling or soul destroying br br Along the way he tries to answer some of the most urgent questions we can ask about work Why do we do it What makes it pleasurable What is its meaning And why do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also the planet Characteristically lucid witty and inventive Alain de Botton s song for occupations is a celebration and exploration of an aspect of life which is all too often ignored and a book that shines a revealing light on the essential meaning of work in our lives