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    (ebook PDF) The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work ✓ Alain de Botton A desultory meditation by turns erudite and sardonic De Botton uses the examples of ten occupations as entry points into associative digressions but he never gives the workers themselves any voice While this oversight limits the scope of what he can accomplish in a work that he himself commends to his readers as reportage the altar of self conscious melancholy whereupon the Other is sacrificed proves worthy of contemp

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    (ebook PDF) The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work ✓ Alain de Botton In July of 2009 Caleb Crain gave this book a negative review in The New York Times Though the review is well written and specific it is not on i

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    (ebook PDF) The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work ✓ Alain de Botton I spotted this book among a display at my local library one of those monthly themed topic selections the library staff picks out What We're Reading This Month or If You Liked That You'll Like This or something similar As

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    (ebook PDF) The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work ✓ Alain de Botton De Botton applies his self consciously philosophical style to exploring the how and why of a cross section of professions across the Western world Relying upon a mix of happenstance encounters and his own personal agenda de Botton pursues his stated uest to attempt to create a hymn to the intelligence peculiarity beauty and horror of the modern workplace and not least its extraordinary claim to be able to provide us with alongside

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    review The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (ebook PDF) The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work ✓ Alain de Botton Having enjoyed a few of Botton's other books I was keen to pick up his latest The overarching theme of all of his work is an examination of the

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    (ebook PDF) The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work ✓ Alain de Botton I found de Botton's voice condescending and arrogant He refers to women as symbols one too many times for me just because a woman is attractive doesn't mean that she can't be an effective salesperson independently of her looks Beyond the misogyny I doubt de Botton's ever had a real job in his life and his uest to learn abo

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    (ebook PDF) The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work ✓ Alain de Botton review The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work Pressed upon me by the unsuspecting morning mailman I marvelled at how little did he wonder that within the contents of my parcel an author could be about to unpack all the futility of his public service endeavours de Botton's latest fetched up with it's newly minted freshly printed straight from the creative oven aroma and literally spine breakingly creaking with wordsOne subject at a time de Botton is gradually unpicki

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    (ebook PDF) The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work ✓ Alain de Botton This is not one of Botton's best mostly because it is very unstructured and meandering However like most of his other books there are several really enlightening observations and wise words about the nature of work Basically we are told to find meaning in work but much of the modern work economy is meaningless He talks about the biscuit factory for example and how much of their time is spent not making biscuits

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review The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work Alain de Botton ✓ 6 review The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work free read ☆ 6 We spend most of our waking lives at work–in occupations often chosen by our unthinking younger selves And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our occupations mean to us The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace beautifully evoking what other people wake up to do each day–and night–to make the frenzied contemporary world f. In July of 2009 Caleb Crain gave this book a negative review in The New York Times Though the review is well written and specific it is not on its own enough to make me reject de Botton outright The fact that the author then sought out Crain s blog and posted the following comment however is uite another matter Caleb you make it sound on your blog that your review is somehow a sane and fair assessment In my eyes and all those who have read it with anything like impartiality it is a review driven by an almost manic desire to bad mouth and perversely depreciate anything of value The accusations you level at me are simply extraordinary I genuinely hope that you will find yourself on the receiving end of such a daft review some time very soon so that you can grow up and start to take some responsibility for your work as a reviewer You have now killed my book in the United States nothing short of that So that s two years of work down the drain in one miserable 900 word review You present yourself as nice in this blog so much talk about your boyfriend the dog etc It s only fair for your readers nice people like Joe Linker and trusting souls like PAB to get a whiff that the truth may be complex I will hate you till the day I die and wish you nothing but ill will in every career move you make I will be watching with interest and schadenfreude This would seem to make it uite clear that he is no than a spiteful petulant child incapable of assembling a coherent thought All of his accusations come by way of inane attacks which do nothing to defend the worth of de Botton or his book This is not how an intelligent capable man writes and this is not what a measured response to criticism looks like This is an embarrassmentOf course the comment caused a significant bust up in the literary world and was covered by various literary news sources Later de Botton was interviewed about the comment where he apologized and said I never believed I would have to answer for my words before a large audience I had false believed sic that this was basically between him and me Indicating that he is the sort of man who is courteous in public but in private where he imagines he can get away with it becomes an utter prat In short it confirms everything Crain claimed about de Botton s confused and erratic sense of superiority and As ever it demonstrates that a bad writer does not reuire a critic in order to look bad on a public stage

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review The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work Alain de Botton ✓ 6 review The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work free read ☆ 6 Unction With a philosophical eye and his signature combination of wit and wisdom Alain de Botton leads us on a journey around a deliberately eclectic range of occupations from rocket science to biscuit manufacture accountancy to art–in search of what make jobs either fulfilling or soul destroyingAlong the way he tries to answer some of the most urgent uestions we can ask about work Why do we do it. De Botton applies his self consciously philosophical style to exploring the how and why of a cross section of professions across the Western world Relying upon a mix of happenstance encounters and his own personal agenda de Botton pursues his stated uest to attempt to create a hymn to the intelligence peculiarity beauty and horror of the modern workplace and not least its extraordinary claim to be able to provide us with alongside love the principal source of life s meaningThe book had a uiet and promising start De Botton respectfully thoughtfully and sweetly details the passions of a group of ship spotters men who stand in harbors all day and watch and debate the merits of various ships He credits these gentlemen with inspiring this work Their passion reminded him of a childhood awe and an old fashioned sense of the wide eyed wonder at those who Sail the High Seas De Botton was struck by how often our admiration is channeled into socially accepted and admired aesthetic professions and delights painters sculptors actors singers poetry etc while these men possessed of keen feeling and in depth knowledge of their chosen objects of love have been able to see that beauty should not be so narrowly defined At the end of a pier in Gravesend five men are standing in the rain They are tracking a ship There is no practical reason for their scrutiny They are not in charge of preparing her berth for its next occupant or like the staff at the nearby control tower assigning her a shipping lane for the journey out to the North Sea They wish only to admire her and note her passage They bring to the study of harbor life a devotion often witnessed in relation to art their behavior implying a belief that creativity and intelligence can be as present in the transport of axles around the tip of the western Sahara as they are in the use of impasto in a female nude Yet how fickle museum goers seem by comparison with their impatient interest in cafeterias their susceptibility to gift shops their readiness to avail themselves of benches How seldom has a man spent two hours in a rain storm in front of Hendrickje Bathing with only a thermos of coffeeAdmittedly the ship spotters do not respond to the objects of their enthusiasm with particular imagination They traffic in statistics Their energies are focused on logging dates and shipping speeds recording turbine numbers and shaft lengths They behave like a man who has fallen deeply in love and asks his companion if he might act on his emotions by measuring the distance between her elbow and her shoulder blade But in converting a passion into a set of facts the spotters are at least following a pattern with an established pedigree most noticeable in academia where an art historian on being stirred to tears by the tenderness and serenity he detects in a work by a fourteenth century Florentine painter may end up writing a monograph as irreproachable as it is bloodless on the history of paint manufacture in the age of GiottoThis lovely opening statement seemed to promise a book full of such encounters with de Botton seeking out and discovering people with similarly overlooked passions There were three other chapters that did just that However I discount one as it is about a working painter one of the professions that has been deified and declared divine Therefore I didn t think that it particularly belonged in this book s brief of giving the stage to unsung workhorses The other was a simply told and delicately considered story of a man named Ian who was a member of the Pylon Appreciation Society De Botton takes a long walk with Ian along an electricity line running from the Channel coast to the edge of London following the pylons that will deliver electricity to Trafalgar Suare It was a surprisingly affecting to discover this small but apparently international and dedicated hobby There are apparently even books on the subject such as one striking Dutch publication which was a defense on the contribution of transmission engineering to the visual appeal of Holland referencing the often ignored grandeur of the towers on their march from power stations to cities It s particular interest for Ian lay in its thesis about the history of the Dutch relationship to windmills for it emphasized that these early industrial objects had originally been felt to have all the pylons alien threatening ualities rather than the air of enchantment and playfulness now routinely associated with them They had been denounced from pulpits and occasionally burned to the ground by suspicious villagers The re evaluation of the windmills had in large part been the work of the great painters of the Dutch Golden Age who moved by their country s dependence on these rotating utilitarian objects gave them pride of place int heir canvases taking care to throw their finest aspects into relief like their resilience during storms and the glint of their sails in the late afternoon sunperhaps it would be left to the artists of our own day to teach us to discern the virtues of the furniture of contemporary technology He hoped that photographs of pylons might in the future hang over dining tables and that someone one day might write a libretto for an opera set along the gridThe second chapter that tried very hard to instill some sense of wonder was the one about rocket science where de Botton travels to French Guinea to witness the launching of a satellite that will broadcast for a Japanese television company The chapter does a lot of look how far we ve come in juxtaposing the primitive jungle that surrounds the rocket launching site and the nearby native peoples that still worship trees and rocks However it also mourns the loss of the great advance made by a single man now lost in the small contributions of teams of scientists to incredibly specific problems that if successful only a few people will ever know about In the end however his sense of awe is overcome by a sense that we have come to worship ourselves That is that old horse that God is Dead and science has replaced it in an unsatisfying way because to some extent humans are now gods I must say that other chapters were also similarly handicapped by this occasional dated Freudian white male preoccupations with things like sublimated desireaviation a weird digression into the purpose of sexual harrassment policies sparked by de Botton s interest in a beautiful lady at one place he visits accountancy or a Mad Men esue Man in the Flannel Grey Suit obsession with some stereotypical sueezing out of life that happens to the worker bee in the middle of the food chain I took these as yet another example of his permanent pose as an 18th century Man of Letters as well as the generational and gender gap between him and myself on that belowThe rest of the book was spent on professions that the author clearly had to talk himself into admiring in some way The opening section was a long disuisition on a British biscuit manufacturer packed with musings on the subliminal desires tapped by advertising slogans used for dessert snacks and one amusing short anecdote about a middle level manager that de Botton suddenly bombarded with uestions about the deeper meaning of her work and what kind of satisfaction she finds in it while she was in the middle of a spreadsheetThese chapters were less about passion and about providing a depiction of a day in the life of these people and creating a sense of communal experience with them That is letting us see that other people s lives are generally as mundane as our own despite the money or status generated by their profession De Botton makes some effort to point out the special surrealities of each profession and through invocational hypnotic and somewhat poetic recitations of breakfast choices and trains to induce some sense of recognition or respect However this approach is less inspiring and somewhat repetitive It also draws a hard bright line under the fact that he is exploring professions that are largely reserved for the educated somewhat middle to upper class people who are likely to read this book There are approximately three pages where he contrasts the fate of a waiter in an executive boardroom and an executive himself but it feels shoehorned in for lack of anything interesting to say about accountants It also draws the reader s attention to a huge chunk of professions those that are labor of the body and less labor of the mind focused though of course not necessarily so and just on the surface that were overlooked It makes the whole exercise seem even of a snobbish abstracted and rarefied not in a good way thing than I think de Botton meant it to be As a result many of the pages flowed by in a highly unremarkable fashion with under pursued moments and themes that were trite than they needed to be though expressed in de Botton s typically elegant and polished fashionThe final coda which explores a graveyard of airplanes in the Mojave Desert therefore ends up feeling overdetermined and under explored a discourse on work as a distraction from death I am even a subscriber to the 18th century Ruienlust evoked here and I found it largely unmoving I think that in the hands of a writer who was less determined to create a saying and put his book in a Fine Tradition of Western Writers and interested in describing making connections and illustrating it could have been moving It smacked of wasted potential I hope that some other writer visits that graveyard and gives it the genuinely passionate treatment that it deservesFinally a note on style De Botton is clearly an admirer and imitator of the 18th century travelogue and Samuel Johnson style of witty aphorism and generalized saying I don t have a problem with that and sometimes I admit am drawn to it However There are things that can irritate a reader that result from it He freuently takes time out to muse on profound truths and make larger truths out of the specific Sometimes this can feel ham handed and sometimes his insights are not particularly profound In addition it can result in some wince worthy metaphors almost all of the exhibitors at the fair were destined to throw themselves at the cliff face of entrepreneurial achievement and fall flat ouchI still feel that Status Anxiety is Botton s best book If only because I think that most of his books and ideas are at their core about status and expectations in some way or another so I think it makes sense that he understands that the best Nonetheless I think that this book can be worth reading if you are experiencing professional dissatisfaction if only for giving you a sense that everyone else is too and the grass is not always greener or if you too found the story of the ship spotters and the electricity pylon admirers as affecting as I did

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review The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work Alain de Botton ✓ 6 review The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work free read ☆ 6 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 a book that shines a revealing light on the essential meaning of work in our lives From the Hardcover edition. I found de Botton s voice condescending and arrogant He refers to women as symbols one too many times for me just because a woman is attractive doesn t mean that she can t be an effective salesperson independently of her looks Beyond the misogyny I doubt de Botton s ever had a real job in his life and his uest to learn about the world of work seems like a way for him to look down on all of us working drones I read the book expecting to find out about the uniue aspects of these people s lives and careers in rocket science accounting painting electrical engineering wouldn t it be interesting to know what the daily routines of a rocket scientist are However de Botton fills the book with overblown metaphors about the meaning of life and spends the rocket science chapter simultaneously poking fun at Japanese television and the desolate landscape of a poverty stricken South American country He watches a rocket launch in awe then talks about how society has fallen prey to worshiping the false gods of science and technology over naturewhen mere pages later in the electrical engineering chapter he goes on a tour of electrical pylons and waxes poetic about the power and beauty of these giant machines lamenting with his companion the inability of people to see beyond the traditional beauty of the natural landscape Which one is it buddy Nature or science Ultimately de Botton makes his reader most of whom likely have jobs that aren t fulfilling in this sense of purpose he seems to euate with a meaningful life feel inadeuate and depressed as though spending a life working for a living euates to wasting your talents in a soul sucking vacuum of misery and stupidity Too bad we can t all spend our days traveling the country gaining people s trust and then judging them write a book about it and consider ourselves some kind of expert I read non fiction to learn new things This book taught me one thing never to read another book by de Botton

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