The Course of Love – Alain de Botton


This is an intriguing study of a marriage by philosopher De Botton, and his first novel in more than two decades. Rabih and Kirsten are a couple in Edinburgh who meet, fall in love and get married. The book centres on what happens after that. It is a careful study of the behaviours and psychologies of a married relationship over time. The notions of idealized romance are dissected, and in its place an awareness of the imperfections of one’s partner, as well those of one’s own. This is an enjoyable and profound examination of just how love manages to survive the familiarity and tedium of everyday life. Passages are punctuated by De Botton’s own philosophical musings and observations. It could perhaps be described as a portrayal of the essential realization that most what our lives entail is courage and kindness in the face of the mundane. Highly recommended

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What does it mean to live happily ever after?

At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten’s friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily – it’s a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next?

Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning.

From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is the story of modern relationships and how to survive them. Playful, wise and profoundly moving, The Course of Love is a delightful return to the novel by Alain de Botton, twenty years after his debut Essays in Love.


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