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The long-awaited and beguiling second novel from Alain de Botton that tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from the internationally best-selling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life. De Botton's essay "Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person" (The New York Times, May 28, 2016), which draws from The Course of Love, was the number-one most emailed article for days.
We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term 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. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophy - an annotation and a guide to what we are reading.
This is a romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experience - fictional, philosophical, psychological - that urges us to identify deeply with these characters and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love.
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By Lydia on 07-04-16
Amazing, much needed retooling of the expectations and realities of Love
Everyone who is attempting romantic relationships should be required to read this book. I feel that the author has so eloquently articulated the feelings and revelations I have come to understand after decades of relationship experience. Young people would be well served to read this novel before attempting serious romantic connections, as the knowledge and perspective the author provides would seriously circumvent a lot of the angst, frustrations and heart aches common to relationships which are built around a society accepted, standard of irrational, untraceable goals for personal connection and commitment. This book helps outline a healthy, realistic course of a love between two people that serves as a better example than most we are given in the media / story telling available today. This book has changed my life!!!
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