The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

eBook - 2009
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We spend most of our waking lives at work--in occupations most often chosen by our inexperienced younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our jobs mean to us. The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace, beautifully exploring what other people wake up to do each day--and night--to make our frenzied world function. With a philosophical eye and his signature combination of wit and wisdom, Alain de Botton leads us on a journey around an eclectic range of occupations, from rocket scientist to biscuit manufacturer, from accountant to artist--in search of what makes jobs either soul-destroying or fulfilling. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2009.
ISBN: 9780307378309
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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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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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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