The Course of Love by Alain de Botton 📚 BOOK REVIEW

Alain de Botton

I read a paperback version of The Course of Love.

Genre: Fiction, contemporary, romance.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.

Originally published: April 28th, 2016

Pages: 240 (Paperback)

Audiobook length: 7 hrs, 5 mins (Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt)



Blurb by the Publisher:

Modern love is never easy. Society is obsessed with stories of romance, but what comes after happily ever after?

This is a love story with a difference. From dating to marriage, from having kids to having affairs, it follows the progress of a single ordinary relationship: tender, messy, hilarious, painful, and entirely un-Romantic. It is a love story for the modern world, chronicling the daily intimacies, the blazing rows, the endless tiny gestures that make up a life shared between two people. Moving and deeply insightful, The Course of Love offers us a window into essential truths about the nature of love.


The course of love delivers exactly what it promises. 
It is the true story of what might (and often) happens when 
true love meets real life.

My Thoughts:

The Course of Love caught my attention at the airport in Amsterdam. There was something about the cover, and then there was the backside of the paperback that said: “What happens when true love meets real life?”

This is something that I feel is missing in a lot of literature these days. We have plenty of grandiose and dramatic love stories, but not as many of the ones that are more realistic.

In the course of love, we meet Rabih and Kirsten, from the start as they date, fall in love, explore each other, and then settle into a serious relationship. We get to follow along for the ups and the downs, and some of the real dramas that happen in a real-life relationship. How we fall in love, all the emotions, the doubts, and the hardships.

I loved the small passages between the chapters that had some general thoughts about love, relationship, and sex.

Rabih and Kirsten’s story is very relatable, and I think most people who’ve been in some long-term relationships will be able to relate to some or all of it.

The course of love delivers exactly what it promises. It is the true story of what might (and often) happens when true love meets real life. It’s a wonderfully fresh breath of literature that focuses on love.

Highly recommend!


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