The Art of Travel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 19, 2008 - Philosophy - 272 pages
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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.

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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  - Uwe Hook - Goodreads

This is a delightful and insightful book that has obviously been written with great care. Some of the phrasing and imagery it creates is exquisite, and the ideas it conveys are quite profound. By way ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

I really like Alain de Botton's work. This book had a lot of great chapters and a few flat ones. Alain takes a look at travel from a philosopher's perspective and also teaches you about art, poetry ... Read full review


IOn Anticipation
IIOn Travelling Places
IIIOn the Exotic
IVOn Curiosity
VOn the Country and the City
VIOn the Sublime
VIIOn EyeOpening Art
VIIIOn Possessing Beauty
IXOn Habit
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About the author (2008)

Alain de Botton is the author of On Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy and, most recently, Status Anxiety. His work has been translated into twenty languages. He lives in London. More information can be found at

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