The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping, and the Novel
In The Romantic Movement, Alain de Botton explores the progress of a love affair from first meeting to breaking up, intercut with musings on the nature of art of love. The relationship between Alice, an advertising executive, and Eric, a banker, is examined at every stage, supplemented by quizzes and line drawings by the author and commentary by a chorus of great philosophers, from Descartes to Plato to Aretha Franklin. The Romantic Movement will charm readers and lovers alike with wit, insight, and intelligence.
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Review: The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping, and the NovelUser Review - Becky Jenson Straub - Goodreads
This was my February selection for my book club. I liked it more after our discussion, but parts were hard to read. It's a mix-up of styles and didn't flow nicely. Read full review
Review: The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping, and the NovelUser Review - Matthew Metzdorf - Goodreads
Alain de Botton is one of my favorite authors, but they do all tend to run together, though not in an unpleasant way. De Botton's characters are unmemorable, not because he is a poor writer but ... Read full review