The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work - Alain De Botton

It isn’t often that you find literature offering an extended treatment of work. Which is odd, because work is where most of us spend the (at times disheartening) preponderance of our energy and time each day, each year. Perhaps books neglect labor because we turn to literature for the very purpose of “’forgetting” our daily toil? Be alienated no longer! With The Pleasures And Sorrows Of Work (Vintage, $15.95), Alain de Botton (The Architecture of Happiness, How Proust Can Change Your Life) reports on ten distinct occupations and industries. It is a “hymn to the modern workplace,” evoked in rich, wry detail with anthropological care, all the while seeking to answer the question, “when does a job feel meaningful?”

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ISBN: 9780307277251
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Published: Vintage - June 1st, 2010