- Current Status
- In Season
- Alain de Botton
- Self-Help and Psychology, Nonfiction, Philosophy and Religion
We gave it a B-
In his thoughtful, beautifully rendered 1993 novel On Love, de Botton structured the most unwieldy of subjects — passion and the end of an affair — as a quasi-academic dissertation. With Anxiety, de Botton takes a similar approach, exploring both humans’ eternal doubt of self-worth as well as possible palliative measures through art, philosophy, and religion. De Botton incorporates a vast amount of knowledge into his thesis, but this does ultimately read like a thesis, better suited to a graduate student’s syllabus than to an armchair reader.