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The Course of Love
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The Course of Love


The long-awaited and beguiling second novel from Alain de Botton that tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from the internationally bestselling author of On Love and How Proust Can Change Your Life.

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.

Title:The Course of Love
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages
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  • Elyse
    Apr 03, 2016

    Update: This is a $1.99 Kindle special right now. Personally... I think all young couples would find value in this book. I have the download too ... I still wish to own a physical copy. I've seen the ...

  • Esil
    Mar 10, 2016

    I know what I think about The Course of Love, but I'm not sure how I feel about it. I do know that I feel like an outlier because clearly de Botton is loved by many and already many GR friends have re...

  • Perry
    Jun 06, 2016

    Poignant, Profound Truths of Marriage (and Human Nature)4/20/17, on sale at Amazon for $1.99"Love and marriage / Love and marriage,Go together like a horse and carriage."Cahn, 1955Through a Scottish c...

  • Jill
    Nov 27, 2016

    Once, early on in my marriage, my husband and I had a particularly intense fight over a ridiculously trivial matter. I barely remember the topic – something about where to hang some artwork – but ...

  • Holly Bourne
    May 29, 2016

    This book should be compulsory reading before ANYONE gets married. I adored it. The last two chapters in particular were just astounding and beautiful and poignant and WISE. I wasn't a huge fan of 'Es...

  • Emma
    Dec 22, 2015

    Thanks to Netgalley for this copy. I LOVE Alain de Botton. I wonder what it would be like to have a relationship with someone with that much insight into the human condition?! In this book he examines...

  • Cheri
    May 23, 2016

    Alain de Botton maneuvers the reader through time, using a fictionalized couple, Rabih and Kirsten, a perfectly average, normal, couple living mediocre lives from the time before they meet, and after....

  • Narges Salmanizadeh
    Jun 16, 2017

    دیدگاه رمانتیک نسبت به ازدواج، بر اهمیتِ یافتن شخص ”مناسب و درست” پافشاری می کند، که یعنی شخصی همدل با علایق ...

  • Bettie?
    Feb 14, 2016

    Description: Rabih and Kirsten meet, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning. Over the years this ordinary couple will miscommunica...

  • Lyn Elliott
    Jul 24, 2016

    I felt at the end of this that I hadn't read a novel at all, but an extended hypothetical case study on what couples need to consider once the first fine flush of Romantic Love has faded. The story of...