The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work


By (author) Alain de Botton

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  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
  • Format: CD-Audio | 3 pages
  • Publication date: 31 December 2015
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141040688
  • ISBN 13: 9780141040684
  • Sales rank: 1,112,166

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We spend most of our waking lives at work - in occupations often chosen by our unthinking sixteen-year-old selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what it might mean for us. Equally intrigued by work's pleasures and its pains, Alain de Botton here heads out into the under-charted worlds of the office, the factory, the fishing fleet and the logistics centre, ears and eyes open to the beauty, interest and sheer strangeness of the modern workplace. Along the way he tries to answer some of the most urgent questions we can ask about work: Why do we do it? 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 yet as central to us as our love lives.

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Author information

Alain de Botton was born in 1969 and is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His bestselling books include The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, Status Anxiety and The Architecture of Happiness.

Review quote

'because it is De Botton reading, in an engagingly low-key way, the experience is amusingly close to listening to a very clever friend...' - Christina Hardyment, Sunday Times on The Architecture of Happiness