Review

Review: Essays In Love by Alain De Botton

“Love reveals its insanity by its refusal to acknowledge the inherent normality of the loved one.”


Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 249
Published: November 1993
Rate: 3 ⭐⭐⭐
Goodreads Synopsis
Charting the progress of an affair, from first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to anxiety, this is a wholly modern attempt to define the age-old dilemmas of the heart by detailing the highs and lows of contemporary romance.

My Take
I really wanted to love this book but for some reason I just could not. I thought I was in to read a romance book but turns out it is more of philosophy.

Essays in Love is a book following to characters who meet and fall in love immediately. For some reason I found the cliché overdone and I just couldn’t get into it. Our two main characters are really annoying, and definitely not memorable which made reading about them almost exhausting.

“I lost the ability to consider the question of predestination with necessary scepticism.”

There is a switch between the author’s thoughts and the book, giving anecdotes which I found interesting to read. It is one thing I liked about the book. There is a back and forth between fiction and reality which happens throughout the book and it was good at first but at some point I got tired of it.
There are some of the things the author would say and I agreed with while some not so much. The plot was all over the place and I just wanted the book to end.

I definitely didn’t enjoy this book and it being my first Alain De Botton, it has put me off his works.

Have you read this book? What did you think about it?

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