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Read online A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary 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 by Alain de Botton

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A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary
Title:A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary
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ISBN:1846683599
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Number of Pages:107
Category:Non fiction, Travel, Philosophy, Essays, Memoir
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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, 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 br br 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 br 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 br br 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 br 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, Any Baedeker will tell us i where i we ought to travel but only Alain de Botton will tell us i how i and i why i With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to b How Proust Can Save Your Life b i i de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation the allure of the exotic and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow br br Even as de Botton takes the reader along on his own peregrinations he also cites such distinguished fellow travelers as Baudelaire Wordsworth Van Gogh the biologist Alexander von Humboldt and the th century eccentric Xavier de Maistre who catalogued the wonders of his bedroom b The Art of Travel b is a wise and utterly original book Don t leave home without it, Alain de Botton s i The Consolations of Philosophy i takes the discipline of logic and the mind back to its roots Drawing inspiration from six of the finest minds in history Socrates Epicurus Seneca Montaigne Schopenhauer and Nietzsche he addresses lack of money the pain of love inadequacy anxiety and conformity De Botton s book led one critic to call philosophy the new rock and roll