The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work – Alain de Botton

Wow, this is a really tough book to describe. I had thought it was going to be about people in different industries and careers and why they do or don’t like what they do, and it is to an extent, but it’s also a lot more. Sometimes he focuses on certain people in a field (an artist or a career counsellor) and other times he examines an industry more as a whole (accounting or aviation).

His writing is beautiful and the book also has a lot of pictures which really add to it. I guess the best way to describe it would be a mix of Discovery Channel, poetry, and light philosophy. Both educational and enlightening. I’m definitely going to look for a few of his other books like The Architecture of Happiness in the future.

Overall: 8/10

P.S. This talk by Alain dy Botton from Ted.com will give you an idea of what the book is like

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