The pleasures and sorrows of work vintage international alain de botton on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers 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 i is an exploration of the joys and . The pleasures and sorrows of work is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace beautifully evoking what other people get up to all day and night to make the frenzied contemporary world function with a philosophical eye and his characteristic combination of wit and wisdom alain leads us on a journey around a deliberately eclectic range of occupations from rocket . The pleasures and sorrows of work is a different sort of project consisting of more reportage than usual and less arch philosophical musing yet the authors trademark style with its clarity and wan detachment is present throughout. Work is activity that earns money lucky people enjoy their work but even they might not do it without pay to the extent that pay motivates people work for the sake of something else so they can buy food shelter clothing security luxury or leisure and against their inclinations now . The pleasures and sorrows of work the oddities of the daily grind mar 26th 2009 add this article to your reading list by clicking this button tweet alain de botton is a british essayist novelist and if one uses the term somewhat expansively philosopher over the past decade or so he has cast a world weary eye over travel status and architecture as well as writing a fine book about
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