Review: Love Voltaire Us Apart – Julia Edelman

img_4029Title: Love Voltaire Us Apart: A Philosopher’s Guide to Relationships
Author:
Julia Edelman
Illustrator:
Hallie Bateman
Publication date: 6 October 2016
Genre:
Non-fiction / Humour
Pages:
155
Buy on Hive / Buy on Foyles

This brilliantly titled spoof guide to love and relationships is made up of imagined love letters, ‘Dear Descartes…’ advice columns and the mix tapes of your favourite philosophers. Based on the popular New Yorker article, Excerpts from Philosopher’s Break-up Letters Throughout History, it answers some very important questions from ‘What would Kant’s sexts look like?’ to ‘How does Confucius feel about Tinder?’

This is one of those rare books that actually manage to make me laugh out loud. I particularly loved the hilarious quiz, Getting (Meta)Physical – Who is Your Philosopher Crush?, which led to the terrifying discovery that both my boyfriend and I would like to date Nietzsche. However, it’s worth noting that a vague knowledge (at the very least!) of different philosophers is essential to getting the most out of this book, as some of the jokes surrounding philosophers whose ideas I was less familiar with fell flat.

With fun illustrations from Hallie Bateman, this neat little hardback would make a fantastic Christmas present for any philosophy fans in your life.

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