The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

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Read The Art of Travel Online Free - 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.

Title : The Art of Travel
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ISBN : 0375725342
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Soo-Ryun rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 17, 2007

i couldn't put my finger on why i didn't think this book was as great as de botton's other books. but then i realized it's because of 2 reasons. 1) the focus is very euro- and christian-centric. obvo, de botton is writing about what he knows (euro intelligentsia), but perhaps a book about travell...

FeReSHte rated it ★★★★★

February 19, 2016

فرقی نمی کنه موضوعی که دوباتن ازش صحبت می کنه چیه، هر چی که باشه توانایی این رو داره که من رو با اون کتاب و موضوع به وجد بیاره. شوق و ذوقی که با "هنر سیر و سفر" تجربه ش کردم یکی به دلیل پرداختن ریزبینانه ی دوباتن به موضوعی بود که همه کم و بیش به طریقی تجربه می کنند و دیگری دید خلاقانه ای بود که ن...

Miss Ravi rated it ★★★★★

July 06, 2016

سال گذشته یک مسافر تمامعیار بودم. بارها در کوپه نشسته بودم، بارها از گیت فرودگاه گذشته بودم و هزاران جاده دیده بودم که مثل مارهایی از اینجا تا افق خزیده بودند. برایم جذابیت داشت بدانم چطور میشود کیفیت سیر و سفر را بالاتر برد و بهرههای بیشتری از هر بار جابهجایی و رفتن و آمدن، گرفت. آلن دوباتن در ا...

Ben rated it ★★★☆☆

August 19, 2009

In The Art of Travel, Alaine de Botton succeeds in the difficult task of opening the readers eyes to the many perceptual enhancements that travel can provide. It is not a travelogue of wild times in exotic countries, nor an informative list of places one can go. The Art of Travel is abstract, and...

Gordon rated it ★★★★☆

November 23, 2015

As with all of De Botton’s books, this one is really a series of tightly crafted essays, each of which could stand on its own. I think the key messages of the book are well captured in the very first chapter: • Upon travelling to Barbados, de Botton wakes up the next morning and heads for the beac...

Rana rated it ★★★★★

March 21, 2017

عشق و علاقهام نسبت به این کتاب و البته آقای دوباتن، قابل وصف نیست. قبل از اینکه کتاب تمام شود، ریویوهایی در سرم می چرخید. توضیحاتی مبسوط، تا طبق گفتههای خود کتاب، به "ازش خوشم آمد" اکتفا نکنم و نظراتم را راجع بهش بگویم. اینکه چرا خوشم آمد. از چه چیزش. اما حال، مخصوصاً با فصل آخرش، تنها میتوانم تحسی...

Danielle rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 18, 2011

Honestly, this was a bit of a disappointment to me after reading such great reviews. 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. Botton seems a bit arrogant and I felt he...

David rated it ★★★★☆

August 05, 2007

There's a certain self-effacing charm about Alain de Botton's writing that creeps up on you and which eventually becomes irresistible. Not one to shy away from big topics (love, philosophy, status, travel, Proust) he manages to bring you to fresh insights on each theme in a completely charming, h...

Robin rated it ★★★★★

February 10, 2017

I read this book. Then I thought about it. 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. It has taken me a long time to get around to declaring this book “finished” enough for me...

ليلي rated it ★★★☆☆

February 16, 2017

واقعا بنظرم نكته خاصي نداشت:| به جز ترجمه بد، و ويرايش خيلي بد:)) يعني عملا نبود ويرايش! و اينكه اين خانوم گلي امامي مشخصا زبان مبدا رو بلده، مشكلش تو زبان مقصده كاملا:)) ساختار جملات زبان فارسي رو كامل بلد نيست فكر كنم حتي. و به نكات مثبت اگر بخوام اشاره كنم فقط همين رو ميتونم بگم كه فصل پاياني...

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