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I’m a traveler and while there were some ideas in this book that appealed to me, the majority of the philosophies and “ways of traveling” that were shared turned me off.
Then I thought about it. Shania – “that [book] don’t impress me much. Travel to some exotic locations in Kerala. I couldn’t put it down.
Alain de Botton is a writer and television producer who lives in London and aims to make philosophy relevant to everyday life. After tackling Proust wellphilosophy badlyand love repeatedlytravel seems an appropriate subject, something the young and not quite jet-setting semi-intellectual is well suited for. Don’t really know what I was expecting, maybe it was some insightful ways to get more from my travel experiences.
De Botton is also drawn to some quirky characters — travel-masters, of varying sorts — and he weaves them into his book, with varying degrees of success.
About Alain de Botton. A nice contrast is world-traveller Alexander von Humboldt and Xavier de Maistre, best remembered for his Voyage around my Room see our review with de Botton correctly pointing out that de Maistre — unlike the fictional des Esseintes — actually also had gotten around quite a bit in the world.
In five sections, de Botton moves from Departure to Motives to Landscape to Art to Return, offering for each but the last two reflective pieces, such as “On the Sublime”. Get to Know Us.
As you know, I love to share my experiences with you here on the blog. In the subsequent chapter he describes his first visit to Provence and how grumpy and unimpressed he was until he opened his host’s coffee-table book on van Gogh and his last years in the same area. De Botton specialises in this approach, indeed, it can be found in all his books, fiction or not.
El arte de viajar
The author is obviously very well read he even includes a bedroom photo complete with bookshelf as evidenceand botron book is littered with quotes and tales from various historical figures. May 11, Danielle rated it did not like it. View all 22 comments. Published May 11th by Vintage first published L’arte di viaggiare – Italia. Paperbackpages.
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The complete review ‘s Review:. In The Art of TravelAlaine de Botton succeeds in the difficult task of opening the readers eyes to the many perceptual enhancements that travel can provide. All in all, I highly recommend it to people interested in vignette-style reflections on how we experience our immediate environment and what we can learn about ourselves by just paying more attention to it, whether at home or abroad.
Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. From Job to van Gogh, de Botton finds bits of biography and writing and art that he tries to apply to his subject. View all 4 comments. The mind may be reluctant to think ed when thinking is all it is supposed to do.
Refresh and try again. One of the concepts that I believe will stay with me is the idea of word-painting.
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He can be contacted by email directly via www. Move on Moving BBB. Move on Moving Solutions. It is not a travelogue of wild times in exotic countries, nor an informative list of places one can go. He remains focussed — nay, fixated entirely on himself. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. De Botton has a wonderful ability to weave in all kinds of unexpected references to artists and writers, such as Charles Baudelaire and Edward Hopper.
Trivia About The Art of Travel. The external voyage only has an impact if accompanied by an internal one. Honestly, this was a bit of a disappointment to me after reading such great reviews. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Lifede 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.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Our responses to the world are crucially moulded by the company we keep, for viajzr temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations bottkn others Then I went back and read it again, less thoroughly, with a pen in hand looking to further unpack and appreciate the ideas and self-reflections they provoked in me.