Alain de Botton
Book Recommendations

  • Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It

    Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It

    Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It

    Geoff Dyer
    3.48 (2,450)

    “i have an idea for a self help-book,” i said. “yoga for people who can’t be bothered to do it.”“but you can’t be bothered to write it, right?”this isn’t a self-help book, but it is a book about how geoff dyer could do with a little help. in mordantly funny and thought-provoking prose, the author of out of sheer rage describes a life most of us would love to live—and how much that life frustrates and aggravates him. from amsterdam to cambodia, from rome to indonesia, from new orleans to

    Alain de Botton

    I think is both interesting and funny.

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  • In Search of Lost Time

    In Search of Lost Time

    In Search of Lost Time

    Andreas Mayor,C.K. Scott Moncrieff,D.J. Enright,Marcel Proust,Richard Howard,Terence Kilmartin
    Fiction
    4.36 (10,881)

    On the surface a traditional "bildungsroman" describing the narrator’s journey of self-discovery, this huge and complex book is also a panoramic and richly comic portrait of france in the author’s lifetime, and a profound meditation on the nature of art, love, time, memory and death. but for most readers it is the characters of the novel who loom the largest: swann and odette, monsieur de charlus, morel, the duchesse de guermantes, françoise, saint-loup and so many others — giants, as the author calls them, immersed in time."in search of lost

    Alain de Botton

    what makes Proust such an enchanting writer, that he is so interested in daily life

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  • The Wisdom of Life

    The Wisdom of Life

    The Wisdom of Life

    Arthur Schopenhauer,Thomas Bailey Saunders
    4.14 (8,414)

    A leading german metaphysician of the 19th century, arthur schopenhauer (1788–1860) exerted an influence far beyond the hermetic world of philosophy, with adherents ranging from richard wagner and friedrich nietzsche to leo tolstoy and thomas mann. among schopenhauer's chief contributions to the field of philosophy are his rejection of the idealism of his contemporaries and his embrace of a practical variety of materialism. he jettisons the traditional philosophic jargon for a brisk, compelling style that employs direct terms to express the metaphysics of the will.in the wisdom of life, an

    Alain de Botton

    it's a very interesting provocation

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  • The Secret Power of Beauty

    The Secret Power of Beauty

    The Secret Power of Beauty

    John Armstrong
    3.73 (107)

    The notion of beauty is elusive: we love the things we find beautiful, and yet we are inarticulate when we try to communicate this love, or describe its essence. as beautiful, and yet we know also that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. concrete and the sublime. also to celebrate its mysterious and at times mythical power. complementary interpretations, leading us from hogarth's belief that the essence of beauty lies in shapely curves, to kant's discourses on the meaning of pleasure. response both to beauty and to happiness.

    Alain de Botton

    I also think he writes very well.

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  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    Milan Kundera
    Fiction
    4.1 (386,213)

    In the unbearable lightness of being, milan kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. this magnificent novel juxtaposes geographically distant places, brilliant and playful reflections, and a variety of styles, to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world’s truly great writers.

    Alain de Botton

    a book that I gave out a lot. I don't know if I still would, but I do admire this Czech writer very much

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