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Unction With a philosophical eye and his signature combination of wit and wisdom Alain de Botton leads us on a journey around a deliberately eclectic range of occupations from rocket science to biscuit manufacture accountancy to art–in search of what make jobs either fulfilling or soul destroyingAlong the way he tries to answer some of the most urgent uestions we can ask about work Why do we do it. De Botton applies his self consciously philosophical style to exploring the how and why of a cross section of professions across the Western world Relying upo

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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

We spend most of our waking lives at work–in occupations often chosen by our unthinking younger selves And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our occupations mean to us The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace beautifully evoking what other people wake up to do each day–and night–to make the frenzied contemporary world f. In July of 2009 Caleb Crain gave this book a negative review in The New York Times Though the review is well written and specific it is not on its own enough

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What makes it pleasurable What is its meaning And why do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also the planet Characteristically lucid witty and inventive Alain de Botton’s “song for occupations” is a celebration and exploration of an aspect of life which is all too often ignored and a book that shines a revealing light on the essential meaning of work in our lives From the Hardcover edition. Pressed upon me by the unsuspecting morning mailman I marvelled at how little did he wonder that within the contents of my parcel an author could be about to


10 thoughts on “The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

  1. says:

    Damn This book just confirms my desire to have Alain de Botton as a friend What a smart erudite witty unassuming mensch this guy is With a uirky curiosity that helps him take an interesting perspective on almost a

  2. says:

    A desultory meditation by turns erudite and sardonic De Botton uses the examples of ten occupations as entry points into associative digressions

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    In July of 2009 Caleb Crain gave this book a negative review in The New York Times Though the review is well written and specific it is not on its own enough to make me reject de Botton outright The fact that the author then sought out Crain's blog and posted the following comment however is uite another matter Caleb you make it sound on yo

  4. says:

    I spotted this book among a display at my local library one of those monthly themed topic selections the library staff picks out What We're Reading This Month or If You Liked That You'll Like This or something similar As I was going through a bit of an existential crisis career wise at the time the title really grabbed me so I pulled out my phone added it to my trusty Goodreads to read list and there it sat for two years or so When I final

  5. says:

    I picked this up because I heard the author speak on a couple public radio shows and he seemed interesting I've also always struggled with the ideas of work and vocation ie I imagine that if I had the latter the former wouldn't be so frustrating so I was actually very excited to read an examination of the pleasures and sorrows of work Unfortunately this book is less an examination and a set of witty but disorganized notes from a

  6. says:

    De Botton applies his self consciously philosophical style to exploring the how and why of a cross section of professions across th

  7. says:

    Having enjoyed a few of Botton's other books I was keen to pick up his latest The overarching theme of all of his work is an examination of the values of modern life that often go unuestionedIt makes sense then to focus on work but this book does not live up to the promise of its title It is probably his least focused A appropriate but still

  8. says:

    I found de Botton's voice condescending and arrogant He refers to women as symbols one too many times for me just because a woman is attractive doesn't mean that she can't be an effective salesperson independently of her looks Beyond the misogyny I doubt de Botton's ever had a real job in his life and his uest to learn about the world of work seems like a way for him to look down on all of us working drones I read the bo

  9. says:

    Pressed upon me by the unsuspecting morning mailman I marvelled at how little did he wonder that within the contents of my parcel an author could be about to unpack all the futility of his public service endeavours de Botton's latest fetched up with it's newly minted freshly printed straight from the creative oven aroma and literally spine b

  10. says:

    This is not one of Botton's best mostly because it is very unstructured and meandering However like most of his other books there a