The book is an intriguing blend of novel and non-fiction. As in a novel, there are characters and realistic settings, but these are blended in with a host of more abstract ideas. The book has attracted a particular following among those who have recently fallen in love - or come out of a relationship.
In 2009, he was criticized for his strong defence of Roman Polanski , arrested in Switzerland for illegal sexual relationships with a 13-year-old girl. Finkielkraut claimed that she was a "teenager", "not a child". 
Playful, wise, and profoundly moving , The Course of Love is an unparalleled meditation on modern relationships —and a delightful return to the novel for Alain, more than 20 years after Essays in Love .
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