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Description Alain De Botton launches a philosophical inquiry into the reasons behind travel. Why do we travel? What are we looking for on our travels? How do the dreams match up to the realities? more

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Description Tells you everything you wanted to know about Proust. Taking as its starting point the life of the celebrated French writer and eccentric, this book shows how your life can be improved via his work. T... more

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Description What makes a house beautiful? Is it serious to spend your time thinking about home decoration? Why do people disagree about taste? And can buildings make us happy? In "The Architecture of Happiness", ... more

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Description From the author of the number one bestseller, "The Consolations of Philosophy", this is an inspirational and witty guide to how to make our travels go better. Calling upon such guides as Hopper, Flaub... more

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Description We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment from status anxiety. For the ... more

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AdvantagesQuite Interesting

DisadvantagesWatered down and ultimately unhelpful

...deliciously square to the book, bound beautifully, and with thick, sumptuously silky paper nestled between the chunky canary covers. To a book enthusiast such as me it seemed a promising start. Four days, 303 pages and some face pulling later, I am here to tell you why none of us should feel status anxiety in relation to Alain De Botton... The book itself is laid out in a very clear way, reminiscent...

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“Best Book About Love”

published 25/07/2015

Advantagesinteresting, unique, new, some psychology information

Disadvantagesnone for me!

...I have always been interested in Psychology, and I am intending majoring it in college. Therefore, I had been searching for a good read that is a perfect mix of psychology and love anecdotes. And I think I found the perfect book when I encountered Essays In Love by Alain De Botton a few months ago at my local bookstore. Essays In Love is a real story about a love that Alain has personally...

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AdvantagesGreat introduction to philosophy, a fascinating read

DisadvantagesCan take a while to digest some of the ideas

...see when we get there. In this book, Alain de Botton considers why we chose those destinations in the first place. As well as personal observations made on his own travels, de Botton uses examples from classical writers and thinkers (e.g. Flaubert, Wordsworth) as well as paintings by Van Gogh and Turner (amongst others) to illustrate his arguments. De Botton examines such questions as why...

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