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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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We spend most of our waking lives at work - in occupations often chosen by our unthinking 16-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 heads into 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. 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.

©2009 Alain de Botton 2009 (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Maria
  • 22-01-2017

This book is a poem

It's lyrical more than anything else. It puts me in the correct mood for most purposes. I like Alain's unsentimental love of life. He seems to have finally got the thing about the 'human thing' (I say finally because in all his books he sounds like he hadn't outright; some people are born with this talent others not)

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  • Gerda van Wyk
  • 02-12-2018

Interesting, but not his best

Not as good as his other books. Would have preferred the narrator to be British. Some pearls of wisdom. I preferred The Architecture of Happiness, How Proust can change your Life and Status Anxiety.

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  • MR
  • 11-07-2013

good subject matter loses it's way!!

When I began reading this book I was a little bit dazzled and thought, WOW!, this is going to be fascinating.

Unfortunately, the book just seemed to sag in the middle and by the time I reached the end I was fairly underwhelmed.

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