The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Book - 2009
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Alain De Botton explores the world of offices and factories, convention halls, outdoor installations and transportation routes. He spends time in and around some less familiar work environments and discloses both the sheer strangeness and beauty of the places where people spend their working lives. Along the way, De Botton uncovers some of the most compelling questions that we rarely make time to consider: Why do we do it?
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780375424441
037542444X
Branch Call Number: 331.117 D352P 2009
Characteristics: 326 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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augsburgerin
Jun 06, 2016

More an observation from an outsider than an analysis of work in modern England. De Botton makes some interesting observations but he stays quite removed from his subjects and maybe because of that has a rather depressing view of modern work life. The parts in enjoyed most were the ones that didn't deal with corporate life like the section on painting and the ramble across the English countryside following a power line.

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Frybyte
Nov 27, 2015

I agree in part with joshsmith, mundane experiences well some aren't but the melancholy tone throughout - a romantic melancholy no less- drove me nuts.
And the title was misleading. This is TV in a book, PBS even.

Also beware the book is falling apart.

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joshsmith
Apr 09, 2011

I found this book extremely cold. It is nicely produced and well written, but the author seems entirely removed from his subject. The title could more accurately have been "The futility of work."

I got as far as his discussion of accounting, which I know a bit about. De Botton fails to capture any of the actual pleasures or frustrations of accounting. His treatment focusses entirely on the vacuity of the public face of accounting. I quit reading at this point.

There are actual pleasures in working. But they escape de Botton.

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alanbob
Jan 18, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Jan 18, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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alanbob
Jan 18, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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