On Love by Alain De BottonOn Love by Alain De Botton

On Love

byAlain De Botton

Paperback | February 28, 2006

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The best-selling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Art of Travel revisits his utterly charming debut novel, On Love. The narrator is smitten by Chloe on a ParisLondon flight, and by the time they've reached the luggage carousel he knows he is in love. He loves her chestnut hair, watery green eyes, the gap that makes her teeth Kantian and not Platonic, and her views on Heidegger's Being and Time -- but he hates her taste in shoes. Plotting the course of their affair from the initial delirium of infatuation to the depths of suicidal despair, 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 terrorist tactics employed when the beloved begins, inexplicably, to drift away, On Love is filled with profound observations and useful diagrams, examining for all of us the pain and exhilaration of love.
Title:On LoveFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:194 pages, 7.42 × 4.98 × 0.56 inShipping dimensions:7.42 × 4.98 × 0.56 inPublished:February 28, 2006Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0802142400

ISBN - 13:9780802142405


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughtful and fun Thoughtful philosophy on the matter of love (category: romantic love) in disguise of a story from heartthrob to heartbreak. I like it a lot. Highly recommended. I am going to read his other books after this for sure.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic one of my favourite books to read. a mix between novel and philosophy - perfection.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hybrid Stylistically, this is an interesting read - it claims to be a novel, but most of the good parts are pop "philosophy" - something he has come to specialize in. Here he still had the pretense or ambition to write fiction.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great read i didn't realize this was de Botton's first book until i was reading the description here...he isa brilliant writer and very interesting/ the book is well-researched and contains various angles to look at the subject of "love"
Date published: 2016-11-27

Editorial Reviews

"Imagine, of all impossible things, a young British Woody Allen with the benefit of a classical education and you have the nameless and exquisitely erudite member of On Love, a first novel by Alain de Botton, who seems to have been born to write."