de Botton's writing is simply beautiful. This book read like poetry. I devoured it in 2 days, unable to put it down while the story of Alain's and Chloe's love blossomed, grew, and then wilted and died. Each emotion was carefully identified and analyzed in nuanced ways yet ways in which we can all relate because we have all felt them. In the end, it left me happy and sad; hopeful and despairing. It also leaves you with an open conclusion - that love is complex, nuanced and beautiful in it's uncertainty and we ought to accept it that way.Also, has anybody made a connection between this book and the film 500 Days of Summer? Uncanny, and de Botton's 'The Architecture of Happiness' is given as a gift in the film.