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Alain de Botton:
The Consolations of Philosophy
Alain de Botton
  The Consolations of Philosophy  
Alain de Botton    
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  Only Alain de Botton could look at La Recherche du Temps Perdu and see his way through the exquisite lens of Proust's madeleine and Guermantes to a self-help guide for modern life.

In The Consolations of Philosophy, de Botton, who is the author of On Love and How Proust Can Change Your Life, has, while also filling the seat of Director of the Graduate Philosophy Program at London University, written an exegesis of canonical philosophers to assist the sorry and fallen with a gospel according to a reviled-arsenic-lapping pest, a poverty-embracing hedonist, a beheaded one-man-think-tank (is that an impossibility, a redundancy or an oxymoron?), an anti-intellectual thinker--there he goes, again!--a misanthropic humanist and a pessimist spouting Super Human existence.

Go ahead, read away and figure out who is who, who you are and why you need help--fast! You're guaranteed an enlightened laugh.


--Catherine McWeeney
 
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