The pleasures and sorrows of work review
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de BottonWe 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 function. 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-destroying.
Along the way he tries to answer some of the most urgent questions we can ask about work: Why do we do it? 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.
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Rate this book. Combining narrative virtuosity, a scholar's grasp of history, an intellectual intrepidness, and a dazzling ability to reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary and vice versa , Alain de Botton has created his own ever-surprising genre into which The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work fits brilliantly. Peering closely at details of the workday and workplace that we tend to overlook, and asking questions that we hesitate to ask ourselves To what end do we exhaust ourselves on a daily basis? What makes work pleasurable? Click to the right or left of the sample to turn the page.
I'm afraid I wasn't crazy about it. My father once tried to explain to me that there are two kinds of jobs: blue collar and white collar. He was blue collar, and proud of it, and hoped the same for me. In his retirement, I tried to explain to him that there was now a third kind of job: pink collar. I conceded his point, but told him one difference was that white collars made more money, and played golf in their spare time, and often even during work, if their collars were starch white, while pink collars went home and had to cook dinner and give the kids a bath.
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The lines in front of the soup kitchen near my flat get longer each time I walk past them. The toy and cheap-electronics factories located in Guangdong, China, are surrounded by hundreds of labourers laid off because of collapsing global demand. This is an age of turbulence, when everything solid is melting into air for white-collared and blue-collared workers alike, when uncertain conditions spread across nations and continents like influenza. His previous books have dealt with topics as diverse as philosophy, social status and architecture, all of which he regards as key components, whether or not they are acknowledged as such by the general public, in the structural composition of daily life. Why might this be?