The Architecture of Happiness

  • by Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by Alain de Botton
  • 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his extraordinary new book, Alain de Botton explores the importance of buildings in our lives, pondering our attachment to our homes and considering such questions as: Why do people disagree about taste? Can beautiful surroundings make us good? Not to mention: What makes a window frame attractive? Rooted in the idea that architecture has the power to influence how we feel and that we are different people in different buildings, he suggests how we might learn to build better, more attractive dwellings, in which we could stand a higher chance of happiness.

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Quite Disappointing

Button's writing here is crippled by his incessant attempts to sound as though he's contributing a tome of great worth to architectural academia. Where in actual fact his prose are at their best when he uses more pedestrian vocabulary, and attempts to evoke the universal in mundanity. The book lacks substance and structure, more of an introduction to thinking about architecture, for those who would like to impress their friends at dinner parties by spouting a few choice terms and broad generalisations which Botton himself is kind enough to elucidate here. Quite disappointing. Wouldn't bother if I were you.
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- The Magus

Promising start, shallow end

I expected more profound conclusions starting this book, than it eventually gives. The book fails to go in depth too much.
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- Jeroen Huls

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-04-2006
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd