If you, at this very moment, are in love with someone (or, conversely, if you find that you are the object of someone’s desire), then you must read Essays in Love, by Alain de Botton. Simple as that. You must read this book!
De Botton is a gifted writer whose descriptions of everyday occurrences are insightful, sympathetic and humerous. He is as interesting a philosopher as he is a talented essayist. If you’ve never read anything from Alain de Botton, start with Essays in Love.
This book traces the progress of a relationship, from the first flicker of interest, until the eventual parting of ways. Throughout the journey, readers are enlightened about attraction, desire, judgment, liberalism, intimacy and so on.
Essays in Love traces the development of de Botton’s relationship with a woman named Chloe. As the narrative unfolds, de Botton waxes intellectual about the feelings and reactions he experiences, putting them into perspective and locating their paradoxes within the philosophical tradition.
Part psychology, part philosophy, part love song to love itself, this is a book that you’ll want to read again and again!