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- Verlag: Brilliance Corporation; Auflage: Unabridged (2. Juni 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1423392914
- ISBN-13: 978-1423392910
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 1,3 x 17,1 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.419.172 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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To some degree, what the reader takes way from Alain de Botton's The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work will be influenced by what that particular reader brings to it. If you are looking for a serious and exhaustive analysis of work and how it affects both our psychological equilibrium and general sense of well-being, you may be disappointed; although de Botton draws on a variety of examples (some straightforward and illuminating, others eccentric and whimsical), his strategy here is more subtle and allusive, not something which can be demonstrated by adducing a carefully marshalled tranche of facts. Secondly, of course, anyone familiar with the author's approach will hardly be expecting a linear demonstration of a thesis, as might be gathered from his delightful How Proust Can Change Your Life. Alain de Botton is offering something at once insightful and idiosyncratic: a practical guide to a better quality of life through an off-kilter approach to the subject of work. In the earlier book, we were offered a (not entirely serious) method of extrapolating from the brilliant (and famously difficult) French writer a host of unconventional insights into dealing with our own personal emotional and intellectual fulfilment. Here, the notion of work is addressed with a similarly light/serious touch, following a variety of processes (such as the trajectory of a fish from the ocean to its final destination on the shelves of a supermarket) to examine the multiplicity of possible approaches to work.
The real insights here, however, relate to the way in which work (as de Botton sees it) is both a validation of the true purpose of our existence – and the most assertive way to 'rage against the dying of the light' – in other words, to keep at bay the daunting realisation of what a brief flicker of existence we have. It's a book that is both affirmative and (in its eccentric fashion) quietly persuasive. --Barry Forshaw -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: MP3 CD.
De Botton's wit and powers of ironic observation are on display throughout what is a stylish and original book. The workplace brings out the best in his writing (Sunday Times)
Timely, wonderfully readable. De Botton has pretty much got to the bottom of the subject (Spectator)
Terribly funny, touches us all (Mail on Sunday)
Brilliant, enormously engaging (Guardian) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: MP3 CD.
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While at times the author's viewpoints seem to be a bit... condescending towards the types of modern work that many of us must endure, and perhaps even *enjoy* (accounting, data entry, and other "non-creative" fields), he does a good job of dissecting the modern day job and its place in our lives.
A great read for anyone trying to search for some meaning in their careers and figure out "why am I doing this every day?"
As someone who has complained (almost every single day) at the menial office-work I currently do, his observations about meaning of modern life are entertaining and helpful. Mostly, I've just enjoyed what he's written; but I also feel like I've gained a more clear idea of how the modern consumer world works and what my place is within it.
That others in this machine of modern economics are also reading this book--thinking about why they do what they do and what it all means--gives me more optimism about humanity in general; there are more thoughtful people out there like me, reading this book on their lunch breaks and thinking about the meaning of work, that unfortunate thing that steals a third of our lives and half of our conversations.
This guy can write! I kept calling people over and telling them to read this or that sentence - amazing sentences packed with great word choice, meaning, and humor. For example, with respect to tuna killing: "The mallet strikes again. There is a dull sound, that of densely packed brain and experience, shattering inside a tight bony cage, triggering the thought that we too are never more than one hard slam away from a definitive end to our carefully arranged ideas and copious involvement with ourselves." Good, right? Read it. Savor the unique stories of people killing tunas, painting, inventing, accounting, etc. Enjoy the beautiful photos. Some of the stories and images will stay with me, as I ponder the world of work.
de Botton analyzes many aspects of life that are normal regarded as baseless and gifts us with insight that will resonate through your mind for days.
The stories are skillfully written and will certainly keep you reading.
This is a book that will enrich your life and allow you to see beauty in the ordinary. It will also connect you with the rest of humanity.
The book makes a good case that we are all driven by basic needs and that modern society is making it hard for us to live with ourselves.
I would recommend it to anyone.