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Reading now: Alain de Botton’s “The Course of Love”



As with his other books: funny, pithy, full of entertaining aphorisms. His newest is about what happens to romantic love long after the glowy, early “falling in” part. His protagonist couple “will marry, they will suffer, they will frequently worry about money, they will have a girl first, then a boy, one of them will have an affair, there will be passages of boredom, they’ll sometimes want to murder one another and on a few occasions to kill themselves. This will be the real love story.”

Telling quote from this one, about marriage: “We accept that there cannot be better options out there. Everyone is always impossible. We are a demented species.”


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