Personal Life Like many famous people and celebrities, Alain de Botton keeps his personal life private.
The prestige of instinct is the traumatized reaction against too many centuries of unreasonable reason.
Even after I finished it, I am not sure how to judge it.
One great goal of the love novel, for instance, should be to tell us what love and long-term relationships are really like; so that our own tribulations do not appear so readily as signs that everything is going wrong — but rather that our sufferings are proof that we are in line with common human experience.
We imagine that marriage will help us to bottle the joy we felt when the thought of proposing first came to us: Perhaps we were in Venice, on the lagoon, in a motorboat, with the evening sun throwing glitter across the sea, chatting about aspects of our souls no one ever seemed to have grasped before, with the prospect of dinner in a risotto place a little later.
And I think, on a more complicated level, if there are problems in a marriage, that can get amplified when children are there.