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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 336 | Format: Hardcover | In other languages: (other languages) Chi simplified , Chi traditional

Isbn-10: 0241143535 | Isbn-13: 9780241143537 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Audio CD , Paperback , eBook

Category: Non-fiction , Philosophy , Social Science

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Book Description
We spend most of our waking lives at work - in occupations often chosen by our unthinking sixteen-year-old selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what it might mean for us. Equally intrigued by work's pleasures and its pains, Alain de Botton here heads out into the under-charted worlds of the office, the factory, the fishing fleet and the logistics centre, ears and eyes open to the beauty, interest and sheer strangeness of the modern workplace. Along the way he tries to answer some of the most urgent questions we can ask about work: Why do we do it? What makes it pleasurable? What is its meaning? And why do we daily exhaust not only ourselves but also the planet? Characteristically lucid, witty and inventive, Alain de Botton's 'song for occupations' is a celebration and exploration of an aspect of life which is all too often ignored and yet as central to us as our love lives.
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  • 4

    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 ...continue

    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 :(

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  • 3

    "一本藉由描述不同類型工作來探討工作在現代社會本質意義的纇報導文學"

    當時是暢銷書
    而且標題又是吸引人的工作和人生風景的探討
    所以就留下來一閱
    只能說這是一本很不一樣的纇報導文學
    藉由作者的追蹤可以讓我一窺不同工作的面貌
    也能從作者的省思而思考工作的本質和意義
    就某個角度來說~還蠻特別有趣的
    可惜對我自身的省思有限~也沒引起太多共鳴就是了><

    看時有感覺的地方:
    P84:真正的重點不在於烘焙餅乾有沒有意義,而是這種活動一旦經過細細切割,並且交給五.六個生 ...continue

    "一本藉由描述不同類型工作來探討工作在現代社會本質意義的纇報導文學"

    當時是暢銷書
    而且標題又是吸引人的工作和人生風景的探討
    所以就留下來一閱
    只能說這是一本很不一樣的纇報導文學
    藉由作者的追蹤可以讓我一窺不同工作的面貌
    也能從作者的省思而思考工作的本質和意義
    就某個角度來說~還蠻特別有趣的
    可惜對我自身的省思有限~也沒引起太多共鳴就是了><

    看時有感覺的地方:
    P84:真正的重點不在於烘焙餅乾有沒有意義,而是這種活動一旦經過細細切割,並且交給五.六個生產地點的五千名員工分別負責之後.究竟還有沒有可能讓人覺得如此.有意義的工作,可能只再參與人數有限的情況下才會顯得有意義.在這種情況下,每個人一方面熟練地從事自己負責的工作,同時又能夠想像自己的工作成果可能對他人帶來什麼影響(這就是為何現在工作總是讓人低成就感的原因><因為分工太細細到可有可無~)
    P171:然而,要我以人類祖先崇敬神明的態度仰望火箭工程師及技術人員,我還是不禁覺得彆扭.相較於夜空與山岳,這些專業人員實在不像是足以讓人誠心崇敬的對象.科學出現以前的時代不論有哪些不足之處,至少當時的人都知道人為成就和宇宙的宏偉壯麗相比根本微不足道,而得以享有心靈上的平靜.現代人雖然擁有較多的物質享受,志向卻也更為高遠,而且因為崇敬的對象只剩下這群才智高超.思維嚴謹卻又視野狹隘.德行平庸的人類同胞,以致必須不斷和羨嫉.焦慮及傲慢等心態搏鬥(哈哈~~)
    P241:四面八方都有人看著報紙.當然,他們看報紙並不是為了獲取新知,而是為了避免腦子陷入令人昏昏欲睡的內省狀態.看報紙就像是把一只海貝放在耳邊聆聽.從而沉浸在人類喧鬧的世界裡
    P248:在人類歷史上,促使員工奮力完成工作的工具向來都是皮鞭.如果工作人員唯一需要做的就是跪下撿拾打穀場地面上的玉米穗,或是把採石場搬運上坡,自然可盡情鞭打,有益無害.不過,隨著繁複的工作開始出現,工作人員必須在相當程度上具備滿足而快樂的情緒,不再只是恐懼順服即可,工作的規範也就不得不隨之改寫.工作人員一旦必須負責切除腦瘤.起草法律文件或是以充沛的活力販售房屋,處在慍怒忿恨.陰鬱不滿的情緒下自然無益於他們達成任務(原來這就是激勵理論出現的時代背景!)

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  • 4

    Work 2.0

    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 ...continue

    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.

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  • 5

    不算是評論(回顧2010/07/12的紀錄)

    回顧自己的閱讀習慣
    喜歡從這些白紙黑字裡頭,在各行各業不同的人生打開窗戶探著頭
    東瞧,西晃

    過於喧囂的孤獨 (赫拉巴爾著)-->印刷廠工人
    鴿子 (派屈克.徐四金著)-->銀行警衛
    刺蝟的優雅 (妙莉葉.芭貝里著)-->公寓門房
    工作!工作! (艾倫.狄波頓著)-->物流、餅乾製造業、...航空業等十種行業
    機場的小旅行 (艾倫.狄波頓著)-->作者應邀擔任英國航站駐站作家,觀察來往旅客與機場運作
    無名侍 (史蒂夫.杜伯藍尼卡著)-->高級餐廳服務生

    ...continue

    回顧自己的閱讀習慣
    喜歡從這些白紙黑字裡頭,在各行各業不同的人生打開窗戶探著頭
    東瞧,西晃

    過於喧囂的孤獨 (赫拉巴爾著)-->印刷廠工人
    鴿子 (派屈克.徐四金著)-->銀行警衛
    刺蝟的優雅 (妙莉葉.芭貝里著)-->公寓門房
    工作!工作! (艾倫.狄波頓著)-->物流、餅乾製造業、...航空業等十種行業
    機場的小旅行 (艾倫.狄波頓著)-->作者應邀擔任英國航站駐站作家,觀察來往旅客與機場運作
    無名侍 (史蒂夫.杜伯藍尼卡著)-->高級餐廳服務生

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  • 2

    以哲學的角度觀察10種工作的現場,作者提供了別出心裁,視角獨特的解讀,雖然有趣,但是資訊含量略低,這本書並不能解答對於工作的種種疑惑,大概就是度假的時候可輕鬆閱讀同時增進視野的小書吧

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  • 3

    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 p ...continue

    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.

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  • 4

    狄波頓真的太能寫了,無聊透頂的故事都能寫得這樣津津有味~

    太妙了,這世上居然有電塔欣賞協會,好想來報名~ㄆㄆ~

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