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On Love

By Alain de Botton

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| Paperback | 9780802134097

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The best-selling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Art of Travel revisits his utterly charming debut novel, On Love. The narrator is smitten by Chloe on a Paris–London flight, and by the time they’ve reached the luggage caro Continue

The best-selling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Art of Travel revisits his utterly charming debut novel, On Love. The narrator is smitten by Chloe on a Paris–London flight, and by the time they’ve reached the luggage carousel he knows he is in love. He loves her chestnut hair, watery green eyes, the gap that makes her teeth Kantian and not Platonic, and her views on Heidegger’s Being and Time — but he hates her taste in shoes. Plotting the course of their affair from the initial delirium of infatuation to the depths of suicidal despair, through a fit of anhedonia — defined in medical texts as a disease resulting from the terror brought on by the threat of utter happiness — and finally through the terrorist tactics employed when the beloved begins, inexplicably, to drift away, On Love is filled with profound observations and useful diagrams, examining for all of us the pain and exhilaration of love.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    回顧主角的戀愛心路歷程,
    順便檢視自己,
    真是很有趣的過程。

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    Revango said on Sep 6, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    閱讀中的心得: 當你的男朋友是個飽覽群書的哲學家/作家時, 你只會覺得很煩而已.
    老實講, 談戀愛就談戀愛, 去分析那些背後的動機, 還有掉書袋找書中曾提過的一些哲學觀感來搭配戀愛的情境和變化, 究竟意義何在啊? 想那麼多的話還要戀愛幹麻... 哈.

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    閱讀後的心得:
    在看前半部的時候本來覺得很無趣, 套用了太多掉書袋的哲學理論.
    但故事在男主角發現女主角好像不愛他的時候開始進入高潮.

    也許是心有戚戚焉,看著主角在發現女方不愛他時,試圖挽回的過程, ...(continue)

    閱讀中的心得: 當你的男朋友是個飽覽群書的哲學家/作家時, 你只會覺得很煩而已.
    老實講, 談戀愛就談戀愛, 去分析那些背後的動機, 還有掉書袋找書中曾提過的一些哲學觀感來搭配戀愛的情境和變化, 究竟意義何在啊? 想那麼多的話還要戀愛幹麻... 哈.

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    閱讀後的心得:
    在看前半部的時候本來覺得很無趣, 套用了太多掉書袋的哲學理論.
    但故事在男主角發現女主角好像不愛他的時候開始進入高潮.

    也許是心有戚戚焉,看著主角在發現女方不愛他時,試圖挽回的過程,彷彿看到過去的自己. 那個人就是已經不愛你了, 從微小的蛛絲馬跡中你都能看出來, 可是你卻想試著用過去曾共有的甜蜜回憶或是習慣挽回對方, 越是努力越是顯得卑微.

    原來在面臨一段逝去的愛情前, 我們所做的努力竟然那麼像, 看到這邊不禁覺得戚然.

    又,後面男主角自殺的橋段充滿了諷刺意味,我有笑出來,哈.

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    Elvina Wang said on Aug 14, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    文本本身挺不錯的,只是翻譯有些地方似乎不大順暢,但也說不上大錯。

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    SPOON said on Aug 2, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    雖然「你為什麼不愛我」和「你為什麼愛我」一樣難回答(p207),
    但作者在他24歲的第一本書中,已成功地從愛至不愛的每一摺細緻過程裏自問自答,
    並穩穩奠定了他的寫作風格;
    理性與感性兼具、溫暖與嘲諷並存、異性戀男性立場、博學善言於生活細節。

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    Michael said on Jul 17, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    先覺出版的繁體本翻譯比上海譯文的流暢,不過雖然題目翻成《我談的那場戀愛》比《愛情筆記》生動,卻覺得有點...輕浮?
    又,第二十二章的章名,我覺得上海譯文翻的「基督情結」比「耶穌情結」到位。

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    FW said on Apr 4, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Witty

    I always like Alain's sentences - just so elegantly formed and full of wisdom. After reading it, I felt like I've learned some philosophy of love but been spared the boredom of a typical philosophy book (in my opinion). It made you think and made you ...(continue)

    I always like Alain's sentences - just so elegantly formed and full of wisdom. After reading it, I felt like I've learned some philosophy of love but been spared the boredom of a typical philosophy book (in my opinion). It made you think and made you want to re-read so as to 'taste' the book in a deeper way.

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    hermia said on Jan 7, 2013 | Add your feedback

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