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Art of Travel

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Art of Travel

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The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
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Few things are as exciting as the idea of travelling somewhere far from home. Somewhere with better weather, more interesting customs and more inspiring landscapes. So why are we so often dissatisfied with the reality of travel? In "The Art of Travel" Alain de Botton, author of "The Consolidations of Philosophy", takes us on a journey through the satisfactions and disappointments of travelling. Dealing - among other things - with airports, exotic carpets, holiday romances and hotel mini-bars, this book reveals the hidden motivations, expectations and complications of our voyages into the wide world. Accompanying him on his journey are writers, artists and thinkers who were inspired by travel in all its forms: Gustave Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Baudelaire, Wordsworth, Van Gogh, Ruskin - all ready to give us their insights on the curious business of travelling. The perfect antidote to those guidebooks that tell us what to do when we get there, "The Art of Travel" tries to explain why we really wanted to go there in the first place - and modestly suggests how we could learn to be happier on our journeys.

Table of Contents

Departure: on anticipation; travelling places. Motives: on the exotic; on curiosity. Landscape: on the country and the city; on the sublime. Art: on eye-opening art; on possessing beauty. Return: on habit.

Accolades

Shortlisted for WH Smith Book Awards (Travel Writing) 2003.

Author Biography

Alain de Botton was born in 1969. He is the author of ESSAYS IN LOVE, THE ROMANTIC MOVEMENT, KISS AND TELL, HOW PROUST CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE and THE CONSOLATIONS OF PHILOSOPHY.
Release date Australia
May 29th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
b&w illustrations
Imprint
Penguin Books Ltd
Pages
272
Dimensions
134x181x17
ISBN-13
9780140276626
Product ID
1712907

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