Title: The Course of Love
Author: Alain de Botton
Expected publication: April 28th 2016
The long-awaited and beguiling second novel from Alain de Botton that tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from the internationally bestselling author of On Love and How Proust Can Change Your Life.
We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term 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. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophy—an annotation and a guide to what we are reading.
This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experience—fictional, philosophical, psychological—that urges us to identify deeply with these characters, and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love.
I found ‚The Course of Love’ a fascinating read although i found it difficult to see it is action. It almost read like a case study rather than a novel about a relationship.The book sets to break down pieces of a relationship and analyze them one by one offering advice or reasons from the author why thing aren’t going as expected. An insightful and beautifully writhen love story. i really enjoyed reading the experience of Rabih and Kirsten as they meet, fall in love settle down into family life.
This book would definatly be good for a book debate each section opens up a new discussion. I thin if you are a romantic rather than an idealist this book is for you.
*A copy of this book was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*