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Unpopular? Not enough money? Frustrated? Feeling inadequate? Broken-hearted? Experiencing difficulties? Before you leap into retail therapy, medicating with merlot or making your therapist richer why not try The Consolations of Philosophy as a refreshing alternative to the self-help genre. ... Read review
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The Consolations of Philosophy (Penguin Celebrations) - Alain de Botton

The Consolations of Philosophy (Penguin Celebrations) - Alain de Botton

Flushed with the success of How Proust Can Change Your Life, philosophical agony uncle ... more

Alain de Botton once more matches his precocious
talents to addressing the anxieties of modern life
with Consolations of Philosophy. Dubbed the "Naked
Philosopher", de Botton's cherubic charms match
his grey matter, and this book, which has already
inspired a Channel 4 series, sees him continue his
one-man mission to sugar the pill of learning with
his brilliant mixture of wit, wisdom and whimsy.
So humans have six gurus and six concerns:
Socrates on unpopularity, Epicurus on lack of
money, Seneca on frustrations, Montaigne on
inadequacy, Schopenhauer on a broken heart and
Nietzsche on the necessity of difficulties. And
then there is a seventh: de Botton himself,
artfully infusing others' palliative musings with
souffléd epigrams of his own, and marshalling his
arguments with an insouciance that belies
considerable skill. De Botton was already
appealing to the likes of Wittgenstein, Aristotle
and Montaigne for romantic guidance in his novels,
Kiss and Tell, Essays in Love and The Romantic
Movement, and with How Proust Can Change Your
Life, he finally dropped the pretence of plot and
concentrated on the digressions, albeit with a
slightly eager charm. Where that book was
dazzling, the glow of Consolations of Philosophy
burns more deeply, displaying a more sober and
polished application of his undoubted mental
prowess, without losing his distinctive
playfulness. He brings to the essay form something
of what Milan Kundera brings to the novel and,
like him, while still respecting the boundaries he
oversteps, he hopscotches genres with spring
heels. It is Montaigne whom de Botton most admires
and, indeed, most resembles in style--he says of
the 16th-century Frenchman: "in Montaigne's scheme
of intelligence, what matters in a book is
usefulness and appropriateness to life" and it's a
recipe he himself assiduously and rewardingly
follows. Jamie Oliver take note, dry crusts have
rarely been made so appetising and digestible.
--David Vincent

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The Consolations of Philosophy (Popular Penguins) - Alain de Botton

The Consolations of Philosophy (Popular Penguins) - Alain de Botton

Flushed with the success of How Proust Can Change Your Life, philosophical agony uncle ... more

Alain de Botton once more matches his precocious
talents to addressing the anxieties of modern life
with Consolations of Philosophy. Dubbed the "Naked
Philosopher", de Botton's cherubic charms match
his grey matter, and this book, which has already
inspired a Channel 4 series, sees him continue his
one-man mission to sugar the pill of learning with
his brilliant mixture of wit, wisdom and whimsy.
So humans have six gurus and six concerns:
Socrates on unpopularity, Epicurus on lack of
money, Seneca on frustrations, Montaigne on
inadequacy, Schopenhauer on a broken heart and
Nietzsche on the necessity of difficulties. And
then there is a seventh: de Botton himself,
artfully infusing others' palliative musings with
souffléd epigrams of his own, and marshalling his
arguments with an insouciance that belies
considerable skill. De Botton was already
appealing to the likes of Wittgenstein, Aristotle
and Montaigne for romantic guidance in his novels,
Kiss and Tell, Essays in Love and The Romantic
Movement, and with How Proust Can Change Your
Life, he finally dropped the pretence of plot and
concentrated on the digressions, albeit with a
slightly eager charm. Where that book was
dazzling, the glow of Consolations of Philosophy
burns more deeply, displaying a more sober and
polished application of his undoubted mental
prowess, without losing his distinctive
playfulness. He brings to the essay form something
of what Milan Kundera brings to the novel and,
like him, while still respecting the boundaries he
oversteps, he hopscotches genres with spring
heels. It is Montaigne whom de Botton most admires
and, indeed, most resembles in style--he says of
the 16th-century Frenchman: "in Montaigne's scheme
of intelligence, what matters in a book is
usefulness and appropriateness to life" and it's a
recipe he himself assiduously and rewardingly
follows. Jamie Oliver take note, dry crusts have
rarely been made so appetising and digestible.
--David Vincent

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Community Level 2researchguru

researchguru

I was consoled

AdvantagesPerfect balance of wit and wisdom

DisadvantagesAll dead, white males

"...therapist richer why not try The Consolations of Philosophy as a refreshing alternative to the self-help genre. Rather than locating the problem, whether it’s money, career, or love, at the level of the individual, Alain de Botton offers the perspective that philosophers have been wrestling with these issues since the dawn of time. So it’s not your fault that you can’t get your life together as the problems you’re struggling with are a feature ..." Read review
11.04.2003

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Community Level 3jonkelly

jonkelly

Every one has a philosophy.

Advantagessimply to read

Disadvantagesnot very deep

"...middle class white men tell the rest of us what to think. Some like prefer a good Merlot or Shiraz and then we can be our own therapist. The Consolations of Philosophy is a refreshing alternative to a normal being told what to think philosophy book as it tries to engage the reader. There is no problem with money, career, or even the love life, of any individual says Alain de Botton that can not be put into perspective by philosophers whom have ..." Read review
13.06.2006

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Community Level 2Squonk

Squonk

Philosophy you can actually read

AdvantagesClaer, informative and thought-provoking

DisadvantagesA bit basic for some perhaps

"Having enjoyed the Channel Four TV series I bought this book and have to recommend it. Alain De Botton takes the ideas of some of the great philosophers and sets them out in a clear and easily understandable format which crucially puts them into a modern context to which readers can relate. In a world swamped with self help books and theories, it`s great to see that philosophy dealt with the same human problems years before can still benefit us today. ..." Read review
14.03.2001

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Community Level 3aprose

aprose

A new kind of self-help manual

Advantagesvery interesting

Disadvantagesnone really

"...into any bookshop today and the shelves are crowded with self-help manuals promising easy fixes for everything from obesity to speaking infront of a crowd. De Botton's book is a welcome change. Instead of the usual management jargon, Alain De Botton draws his inspiration from within the rich vein of western philosophy. He explores problems such as not having enough money, unpopularity, a broken heart and so on, with the help of philosophers as diverse ..." Read review
11.01.2001

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Type Non-Fiction
Genre Philosophy
Title The Consolations of Philosophy
Author Alain de Botton
ISBN 0140276610; 0241140099; 0679442766

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