Review: The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

The Course of LoveTitle: The Course of Love

Author: Alain de Botton

Pages: 240 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Modern love is never easy. Society is obsessed with stories of romance, but what comes after happily ever after?

This is a love story with a difference. From dating to marriage, from having kids to having affairs, it follows the progress of a single ordinary relationship: tender, messy, hilarious, painful, and entirely un-Romantic. It is a love story for the modern world, chronicling the daily intimacies, the blazing rows, the endless tiny gestures that make up a life shared between two people.

Moving and deeply insightful, The Course of Love offers us a window into essential truths about the nature of love.

The Review

Ok, so I don’t really know what I feel about The Course of Love by Alain de Botton. It is definitely one of the following. It is either a) a really genius story about the perils of romantic love and how companionship lasts but the thought of romantic love is a ludicrous notion or b) part novel/part psychoanalysis on modern day relationships.

Either way, The Course of Love was written really well but I just can’t decide if I actually liked it.

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2 Stars


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