The Art of Travel

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Penguin Adult, May 29, 2003 - Fiction - 261 pages
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The Art of Travel is Alain de Botton's travel guide with a difference: an exploration of why we travel and what we learn when we doAs seen on Channel 4Few activities seem to promise is as much happiness as going travelling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel to, we seldom ask why we go and how we might become more fulfilled by doing so.With the help of a selection of writers, artists and thinkers - including Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Wordsworth and Van Gogh - Alain de Botton's bestselling The Art of Travel provides invaluable insights into everything from holiday romance to hotel minibars, airports to sightseeing.The perfect antidote to those guides that tell us what to do when we get there, The Art of Travel tries to explain why we really went in the first place - and helpfully suggest how we might be happier on our journeys.'Richly evocative, sharp and funny. De Botton proves himself to be a very fine travel writer indeed' Sunday Telegraph'Delightful, profound, entertaining, I doubt if de Botton has written a dull sentence in his life' Jan Morris'An elegant and subtle work, unlike any other. Beguiling' Colin Thubron, The TimesAlain de Botton was born in 1969 and is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk). For more information, consult www.alaindebotton.com.

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Lovely writing on a lovely topic. - Goodreads
Some insights, but not great overall. - Goodreads
Educational soul food for travellers. - Goodreads
Alain de Botton is a better speaker than he is a writer - Goodreads
so so, I just opened new world of french writing style. - Goodreads
It's part poetry and every bit educational. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Oliver - Goodreads

The less you expect, the more you'll enjoy travel, basically. Rather like this book... Read full review

Review: The Art of Travel

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The less you expect, the more you'll enjoy travel, basically. Rather like this book... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Alain de Botton was born in 1969. He is the author of ESSAYS IN LOVE, THE ROMANTIC MOVEMENT, KISS AND TELL, HOW PROUST CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE and THE CONSOLATIONS OF PHILOSOPHY.

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