The Art of Travel (Google eBook)
Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life, de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow.
Even as de Botton takes the reader along on his own peregrinations, he also cites such distinguished fellow-travelers as Baudelaire, Wordsworth, Van Gogh, the biologist Alexander von Humboldt, and the 18th-century eccentric Xavier de Maistre, who catalogued the wonders of his bedroom. The Art of Travel is a wise and utterly original book. Don’t leave home without it.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Loved the writing style. - Goodreads
Some insights, but not great overall. - Goodreads
Lovely writing on a lovely topic. - 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
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Listened to the audio book. Very well narrated. Read full review
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