BOOKS . . . "THE ROMANTIC MOVEMENT"

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Alain De Botton, the unforgivably young and unforgivably knowing author of "The Romantic Movement" (Picador USA; 326 pages; $23) offers in his second novel a happy discourse on love and the nature of the words "I love you." De Botton comes to realize that these words can be a question, a prompt or an opening bid. "Light as a souffle, and no less addictive," saysTIME book critic Pico Iyer, "The Romantic Movement is that happiest of artifacts, a novel that smiles."
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