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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This exploration of how and why we labor arrives at a poignant time, as global economic turmoil cuts off countless workers from their livelihoods-and the meaning work gives them. Essayist and novelist ... Read full review

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Simply an incredible book. Alain de Botton has a uniquely contemplative way of looking at the world in a whole new way. His writing flows easily and is never dull. In this work, de Botton takes time to closely investigate many of the professions we habitually ignore or take for granted. He questions some of the basic precepts underpinning our society and make the reader wonder what it is that truly defines a well-lived life. This book spoke to me in powerfully and in unexpected ways. I cannot quite put my finger on why I like this book so much, but I highly recommend it to others. 

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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