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Aside from love, few actvities seem to promise us as much happiness as going traveling: 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, few people seem to talk about why we should go and how we can become more fulfilled by doing so. In The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton, author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, explores what the point of travel might be and modestly suggets how we can learn to be a little happier in our travels.

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"There's an easy charm to de Botton's writing, pleasure to be had in its intellectual-order and civilised tidiness. This is a beautifully crafted book of bon mots, an elegant and unapologetically popularising blend of European intellectualism and British pragmatism....It is a book that invites you to enjoy its gentle formalism, its sweet flow and the writerly-ness of its reflections." Melanie McGrath, The Evening Standard

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"One of the very best contemporary travel writers — an artist in the genre." Jan Morris, The New Statesman

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"A jewel of civility, wit and insight; de Botton has produced wondrous essays. An invitation to hyperbole...a volume to give one an expansive sense of wonder." The Baltimore Sun

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"Illuminating...a lovely combination of enthusiasm, sensitivity, a care for the large and small, and the local and the foreign...reading de Botton's book will help a person discover something fabulous in everyday." Chicago Tribune

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"It would be difficult to name a writer as erudite and yet as reader friendly...With a wry, self-deprecating charm, he passes his enthusiasms along in such manner that you can't help being delighted by them." The Seattle Times

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"There is something Proustian in The Art of Travel, in the best sense, for Mr. de Botton is a kind of flaneur, strolling through his subject thoughtfully and offering nuanced truths based on his reading, experience and philosophical temperament." The Wall Street Journal

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"[R]efreshing and profoundly readable....Thanks to de Botton's detailed and thoughtful writing, coupled with his clever curiosity, The Art of Travel has the potential to enrich not only our journeys, but also our lives." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"[De Botton] relates even the most disappointing experiences with delightful wit, graceful prose and surprising insight..." The Los Angeles Times

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"Wickedly funny...De Botton travels like the rest of us, but he brings with him the amazing erudition, crisp, lovely prose, and entertaining intellect that made How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations of Philosophy such phenomenal successes." The Boston Globe

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"[E]xudes erudition and artfulness....Delightful." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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"Charmingly and capably convinces us how unaware most of us are as we move about in the world...will leave the reader mentally reaching for a pencil to check off the graceful, witty turns of Mr. de Botton's mind." The Washington Times

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"A thoughtful and anecdote-rich meditation on how trips can alter us in unexpected ways." Elle Magazine

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life comes a dazzling inquiry into our desire to travel and into the ways in which this experience is altered by both anticipation and memory. Illustrations.

About the Author

Alain de Botton is the author of On Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, and The Consolations of Philosophy. He lives in London.

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bookishly voracious, January 17, 2012 (view all comments by bookishly voracious)
Beautiful, poetic, quotable in its entirety, this book is well worth reading. However, it very carefully outlines all of the selfish reasons why we travel (“On the Exotic,” “On Eye-Opening Art,” etc.) but completely ignores cross-cultural connections, or discoveries about modern-day societies, or humanitarian urges, or changes in our own lives prompted by reflections on others’, or any other real reason for travel. De Botton’s well-crafted essays speak to all of the personal journeys we can make, but he ignores all of the beautiful things that can happen between people when someone travels across cultures: travel can make us more tolerant of others, make us understand better how the world works, encourage us to make a difference in the world, help us see how the other half (or is it the other 99%?) lives and see elements of those lifestyles and cultures that we can incorporate into our own. De Botton, please keep on writing, because your ode to travel was magnificent and I agreed with every silver word that dripped from your brain to the page, but you stopped far too short of the ultimate goal.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375420825
Author:
de Botton, Alain
Publisher:
Pantheon
Author:
Alain de Botton
Author:
de Botton, Alain
Location:
New York
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Reference - Guides (General)
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Landscape in art
Subject:
Adult
Subject:
Travel in art.
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
no. 265
Publication Date:
20020730
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
B and W ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.32x5.32x.91 in. .77 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Pantheon Books - English 9780375420825 Reviews:
"Review" by , "There's an easy charm to de Botton's writing, pleasure to be had in its intellectual-order and civilised tidiness. This is a beautifully crafted book of bon mots, an elegant and unapologetically popularising blend of European intellectualism and British pragmatism....It is a book that invites you to enjoy its gentle formalism, its sweet flow and the writerly-ness of its reflections."
"Review" by , "One of the very best contemporary travel writers — an artist in the genre."
"Review" by , "A jewel of civility, wit and insight; de Botton has produced wondrous essays. An invitation to hyperbole...a volume to give one an expansive sense of wonder." The Baltimore Sun
"Review" by , "Illuminating...a lovely combination of enthusiasm, sensitivity, a care for the large and small, and the local and the foreign...reading de Botton's book will help a person discover something fabulous in everyday."
"Review" by , "It would be difficult to name a writer as erudite and yet as reader friendly...With a wry, self-deprecating charm, he passes his enthusiasms along in such manner that you can't help being delighted by them."
"Review" by , "There is something Proustian in The Art of Travel, in the best sense, for Mr. de Botton is a kind of flaneur, strolling through his subject thoughtfully and offering nuanced truths based on his reading, experience and philosophical temperament."
"Review" by , "[R]efreshing and profoundly readable....Thanks to de Botton's detailed and thoughtful writing, coupled with his clever curiosity, The Art of Travel has the potential to enrich not only our journeys, but also our lives."
"Review" by , "[De Botton] relates even the most disappointing experiences with delightful wit, graceful prose and surprising insight..."
"Review" by , "Wickedly funny...De Botton travels like the rest of us, but he brings with him the amazing erudition, crisp, lovely prose, and entertaining intellect that made How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations of Philosophy such phenomenal successes."
"Review" by , "[E]xudes erudition and artfulness....Delightful."
"Review" by , "Charmingly and capably convinces us how unaware most of us are as we move about in the world...will leave the reader mentally reaching for a pencil to check off the graceful, witty turns of Mr. de Botton's mind."
"Review" by , "A thoughtful and anecdote-rich meditation on how trips can alter us in unexpected ways."
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life comes a dazzling inquiry into our desire to travel and into the ways in which this experience is altered by both anticipation and memory. Illustrations.
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