The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping, and the Novel

Paperback | June 4, 2001

byAlain de Botton, Alain De Botton

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In The Romantic Movement, Alain de Botton explores the progress of a love affair from first meeting to breaking up, intercut with musings on the nature of art of love. The relationship between Alice, an advertising executive, and Eric, a banker, is examined at every stage, supplemented by quizzes and line drawings by the author and commentary by a chorus of great philosophers, from Descartes to Plato to Aretha Franklin. The Romantic Movement will charm readers and lovers alike with wit, insight, and intelligence.

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In this witty, innovative novel of a modern relationship, de Botton explores the progress of a love affair from first meeting to breaking up, intercut with musings on the nature of art and love. "A cross between Milan Kundera and Erich Segal, with some Vonnegut thrown in for spice".--Kirkus Reviews

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In The Romantic Movement, Alain de Botton explores the progress of a love affair from first meeting to breaking up, intercut with musings on the nature of art of love. The relationship between Alice, an advertising executive, and Eric, a banker, is examined at every stage, supplemented by quizzes and line drawings by the author and co...

Alain de Botton was born in Switzerland in 1969, educated at Cambridge, and lives in London. He is the author of The Romantic Movement (Picador) and How Proust Can Change Your Life. His first novel, On Love, was published in fifteen countries, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.83 × 5.9 × 0.93 inPublished:June 4, 2001Publisher:Picador

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ISBN - 10:0312144032

ISBN - 13:9780312144036

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In this witty, innovative novel of a modern relationship, de Botton explores the progress of a love affair from first meeting to breaking up, intercut with musings on the nature of art and love. "A cross between Milan Kundera and Erich Segal, with some Vonnegut thrown in for spice".--Kirkus Reviews

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A reader gets whiffs of Donald Barthelme, Julian Barnes, Woody Allen, the films of Eric Rohmer . . . Mr. de Botton borrows exuberantly, and well, from his forebears . . . therein lies the buoyant charm of the approach.