I really love the insight of the author. How can one imagine the magic behind a pack of tuna fillet or biscuit being delivered to your hands? Many tiny little daily routines, upon the observation of the author and the subsequent follow up, turn out to be not that ordinary. Besides, we always hear " A picture is worth a thousand words". The photo in the book are good examples :)
On a side note, I really like the chapter on Accounting. It truly illustrates the sorrows of daily office work and meaningless of those town hall meetings :(...Continua
We are thinking of a 21st century workspace and pondering its meaning. Alain peels off the naked nature of work, job shadowing 9 types of occupations. He praised the hidden heros behind our modern society, those who bet their family on catching a handful of salmon fishes out at sea for three days, those who invested their live on trying and building countless trivial inventions.
Apparently he dislikes the office-works by equating city life and white-collar works - e.g. accounting.
Works may matter to you and you may feel THAT email matters the world to you, as you step back and think. It is as insignificant as a dust in our civilization.
This book contains some interesting parts like the pylon appreciation club, and reflections on the nature of work, but overall it is hardly an inspiring read. De Botton's extreme eloquence (or just plain wordiness) is a bit hard to stomach. I'm sorry, but I generally don't like to read overly padded sentences that take a second reading to decipher....Continua
looking for his other books. must as good as that one.