The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

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Vintage International, Jun 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 326 pages
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We spend most of our waking lives at work--in occupations most often chosen by our inexperienced younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our jobs mean to us.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace, beautifully exploring what other people wake up to do each day--and night--to make our frenzied world function. With a philosophical eye and his signature combination of wit and wisdom, Alain de Botton leads us on a journey around an eclectic range of occupations, from rocket scientist to biscuit manufacturer, from accountant to artist--in search of what makes jobs either soul-destroying or fulfilling.


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Review: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

User Review  - Damon Young - Goodreads

Let me be blunt: I once loathed Alain de Botton. I thought his Consolations of Philosophy a perversion of my trade. As a philosopher, I saw him as patronising, superficial and simply wrong. Nearly ten ... Read full review

Review: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

User Review  - Keely - Goodreads

In July of 2009, Caleb Crain gave this book a negative review in The New York Times. Though the review is well-written and specific, it is not, on its own, enough to make me reject de Botton outright ... Read full review

Contents

Cargo Ship Spotting
13
Logistics
35
Biscuit Manufacture
71
Career Counselling 105
107
Rocket Science
133
Painting
171
Transmission Engineering 13
212
Accountancy 225
227
Entrepreneurship 269
271
Aviation
291
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ALAIN DE BOTTON is the author of three works of fiction and six works of nonfiction, including How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, and The Art of Travel. He lives in London, where he founded The School of Life.


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