The Course of Love

Publisher: Signal
In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children -- but no relationship is as simple as "happily ever after." The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. With philosophical insight and psychological acumen, Alain de Botton shows that our Romantic dreams may do us a grave disservice -- and explores what the alternatives might be. The conclusion, as the characters gradually discover, is that love is not "an enthusiasm," but rather a "skill" that must be slowly and often painfully learnt.
     This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term.

PRAISE FOR

Praise for Essays in Love:
 • "Imagine, of all impossible things, a young British Woody Allen with the benefit of a classical education and you have the nameless and exquisitely erudite narrator of Essays in Love, a first novel by Alain de Botton, who seems to have been born to write." Boston Sunday Globe

Praise for Alain de Botton:
 • " . . . The creator of the 'literary self-help genre' and a master of philosophical social criticism through an eloquent blend of wit and wisdom...[De Botton] will change your life." The Atlantic