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A Week at the Airport (Vintage International Original)


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From the bestselling author of The Art of Travel comes a wittily intriguing exploration of the strange "non-place" that he believes is the imaginative center of our civilization.

Given unprecedented access to one of the world’s busiest airports as a “writer-in-residence,” Alain de Botton found it to be a showcase for many of the major crosscurrents of the modern world—from our faith in technology to our destruction of nature, from our global interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the exotic. He met travelers from all over and spoke with everyone from baggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving together these conversations and his own observations—of everything from the poetry of room service menus to the eerie silence in the middle of the runway at midnight—de Botton has produced an extraordinary meditation on a place that most of us never slow down enough to see clearly. Lavishly illustrated in color by renowned photographer Richard Baker, A Week at the Airport reveals the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and—yes—even beauty.

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"Simultaneously poignant and terribly funny . . . De Botton's most imaginative work yet." —Spectator


"Funny, charming, and slender enough to pack in your carry-on." —Daily Mail


"Surprising. . . . His observations on airport life are wry and thought-provoking." —Telegraph


"Shrewd, perceptive and gently ironic." —Independent


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ruth-ida, October 26, 2010 (view all comments by ruth-ida)
This is a charmer. De Botton doesn't lack depth in his analysis but he wisely
keeps things moving right along. It is a short read and filled with lovely
color images. This would make a thoughtful little gift for anyone that likes to think
about-obviously-airports but also about other travelers and why they have so much
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De Botton, Alain
Vintage International
Alain de Botton
de Botton, Alain
Aviation - Commercial
Aviation - General
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