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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Alain De Botton

Book Description  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 … see full wiki

Author: Alain De Botton
Genre: Business & Investing, Nonfiction
Publisher: Pantheon
2 reviews about The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
review by . July 08, 2009
Most of what we humans do in the name of "work" will never be recognized, possibly never even be noticed, and will quickly crumble into dust in little less time than it takes us to crumble and die ourselves. One of humanity's greatest achievements is our ability to ignore all this and attempt to achieve things anyway.    That sober, even dark message lies at the heart of "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work," a meditation that suggests there are in our vast warehouses or soulless …
review by . June 13, 2009
Alain de Botton continues to charm in this exploration of questions related to work.    The book consists of ten chapters, in each of which the author explores a specific job type in depth. The text is augmented throughout with photographs by Richard Baker, about 15 per chapter. These serve as an excellent complement to de Botton's remarks and reinforce one of the book's major strengths, which is Alain de Botton's skill for anchoring his exploration of profound questions pertaining …
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