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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work - Alain de Botton
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
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From the international bestselling author of The Architecture of Happiness and How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this lyrical, erudite look at our world of work.We spend most of our time at work, but what we do there rarely gets discussed in the sort of lyrical and descriptive prose our... show more
From the international bestselling author of The Architecture of Happiness and How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this lyrical, erudite look at our world of work.We spend most of our time at work, but what we do there rarely gets discussed in the sort of lyrical and descriptive prose our efforts surely deserve. Determined to correct this lapse, armed with a poetic perspective and his trademark philosophical sharpness, Alain de Botton heads out into the world of offices and factories, ready to take in the beauty, interest, and sheer strangeness of the modern workplace.De Botton spends time in and around some less familiar work environments, including warehouses, container ports, rocket launch pads, and power stations, and follows scientists, landscape painters, accountants, cookie manufacturers, therapists, entrepreneurs, and aircraft salesmen as they do their jobs.Along the way, de Botton tries to answer some of the most urgent questions we can pose about work: Why do we do it? What makes it pleasurable? What is its meaning? To what end do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also our planet?Equally intrigued by work’s pleasures and its pains, Alain de Botton offers a characteristically lucid and witty tour of the working day and night, in a book sure to inspire a range of life-changing and wise thoughts.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780375424441 (037542444X)
ASIN: 037542444X
Publisher: Pantheon
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Clif's Book World
Clif's Book World rated it
3.0
We are all descended from a long line of hunter gatherers who didn't survive unless they continued to consistently hunt and gather. Today we call it work. And except for the fortunate few born with wealth, we all are required to spend a significant portion of our lives working in order to survive. ...
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!"
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!" rated it
3.0 The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
While a great piece of photo journalism, I was disappointed in the fact that there wasn't much philosophical debate on what the the pleasures and sorrows at work are, and what one can do to maximize happiness and not get bogged down in the sorrows. This book was very different, but I think fans of A...
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it
3.0 The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (Vintage International)
The title of this book seems a bit misleading but the contents are often interesting. I expected more of a philosophical meditation on the meaning of work in people's lives. There is some of that, but de Botton's observations and reflections are wide-ranging. He examines things that most people igno...
michaelhartford
michaelhartford rated it
3.0 The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Equally insightful and exasperating, with a significant dose of aristocratic condescension.Full review here
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