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    DescriptionWe spend most of our waking lives at work--in occupations most often chosen by our inexperienced younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our jobs mean to us. "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work" is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace, beautifully exploring what other people wake up to do each day--and night--to make our frenzied world function. With a philosophical eye and his signature combination of wit and wisdom, Alain de Botton leads us on a journey around an eclectic range of occupations, from rocket scientist to biscuit manufacturer, from accountant to artist--in search of what makes jobs either soul-destroying or fulfilling.

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    The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alain de Botton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 326
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 322 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307277251
    ISBN 10: 0307277259

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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    01 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    ALAIN DE BOTTON is the author of three works of fiction and six works of nonfiction, including "How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy," and "The Art of Travel." He lives in London, where he founded The School of Life. "From the Hardcover edition."
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    "Exquisitely written. . . . A perceptive philosophical meditation on work, with its extraordinary claim to provide, along with love, the principal source of meaning in our lives." "--"Boston Globe" ""In the place of easy answers, De Botton offers an array of potent and portable insights about the delight and despair we find, daily, in our working lives." --"Los Angeles Times ""Like a combination of Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace and pop philosopher Thomas Moore, De Botton's dense, pensive prose expresses a palpable preoccupation with finding better ways of living in our bewilderingly estranged age." "--"Salon" " "With de Botton's humor, boundless erudition and capable turns of phrase, it's the best work yet (and certainly the best-timed) from a pre-eminent genre-bender, one certain to find a welcome home in the hands of anyone making a living."" -"The Portland Oregonian" ""Alain de Botton's new philosophical treatise, "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work," feels like an intellectual acid trip without the stimulants. He focuses your gaze where you have never even considered looking and turns upside down your notions of beauty and love and work and what really is involved in crafting a meaningful life. The book is groundbreaking in approach, style and imagination." "-"The San Francisco Chronicle" """The Pleasures and Sorrows" treats readers to a cast of eccentrics as it examines the thing we spend most of our lives doing." "--"Business Week" " " ""The workplace as subject matter brings out the best in [de Botton's] writing. . . . His wit and his powers of ironic observation are on display throughout what is a stylish and original book." "--"The Sunday Times "(London) " " ""Wonderfully readable stuff. . . . What de Botton is showing us, in his de Botton-esque way, is that, in our world of niched desire and economic efficiency, our working practices might be driving us nuts. . . . A timely book." "--"The Spectator" "