For Valentines day the Book Fairies treated Londoners with copies of The Course of Love by Alain de Botton. They spread the love at stations across the network and even met a few thankful commuters on the way!
ABOUT THE COURSE OF LOVE
In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children — but no relationship is as simple as “happily ever after.” The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence.
With philosophical insight and psychological acumen, Alain de Botton shows that our Romantic dreams may do us a grave disservice — and explores what the alternatives might be. The conclusion, as the characters gradually discover, is that love is not “an enthusiasm,” but rather a “skill” that must be slowly and often painfully learnt.
This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term.
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ABOUT ALAIN DE BOTTON
Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.
Alain’s latest book, published in April 2016, is titled The Course of Love. Alain started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love [titled On Love in the US], was published when he was twenty-three.