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The Course of Love by Alain de Botton
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it was amazing

Really enjoyed this book. It's a novel about a couple. The first bit is about them falling in love and the rest of it is about how their relationship plays out over many decades, life phases, kids, etc etc. The book has explanatory paragraphs every couple of pages that we assume is in the voice of the all-knowing Alain de Botton. Some might consider this to be a lazy writing strategy, but it works here because the analysis is always funny and insightful.

I was reading this book in physical form so I did not highlight anything but here is an example:

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Novel text:
After the ceremony, members of the wedding party repair to a nearby restaurant, and by late that same evening the new husband and wife are ensconced in a small hotel near Saint-Germain, in Paris.

Analytical paragraph that follows:

Marriage: a hopeful, generous, infinitely kind gamble taken by two people who don't yet know who they are or who the other might be, binding themselves to a future they cannot conceive of and have carefully omitted to investigate.
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Would definitely recommend this book, especially to anyone married or considering marriage.
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July, 2018 – Finished Reading
August 15, 2018 – Shelved

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