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 commentary by a chorus of great philosophers, from Descartes to Plato to Aretha Franklin. The Romantic Movement will charm listeners and lovers alike with wit, insight, and intelligence.
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"The Romantic Movement sheds light on the nature of relationships.... The method of telling much and showing little produces a good deal of wit, cogency, and humour." (The New Yorker)
"A reader gets whiffs of Donald Barthelme, Julian Barnes, Woody Allen, the films of Eric Rohmer...de Botton borrows exuberantly, and well, from his forbears...therein lies the buoyant charm of the approach." (The New York Times)
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"one of the best"
I'm beyond thrilled to have listened to this book. it's incredibly insightful. and just as other Alain De Botton books, it is so thought provoking yet never prescriptive.
It helps put things in perspective.
all in all, a life changing read
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