• Chapter 1
• Author, Alain De Botton begins his book by suggesting that humans are most dedicated to unhappiness.
• De Botton suggests that the fragility of our bodies and insincerity of social life are what lead humans to unhappiness.
• De Botton explores this idea by analyze Marcel Proust as his subject.
• De Botton begins his exploration from a Parisian newspaper called L'Intransigeant that was popular in the 1920s.
• This newspaper would ask celebrities interesting questions and one in particular asked how celebrities felt the world would react should they know the date of the end of the world.
• In response to the question some said they would finish a game of golf, some said that they thought all inhibitions would go out the window, but Proust said that people would do things they otherwise would never have done.
• Proust saw the knowledge of imminent death would cause people to...
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