The Art of Travel

By Alain de Botton
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375725340, 272pp.)

Publication Date: May 11, 2004

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Description
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.



About the Author
Alain de Botton is the bestselling author of "How Proust Can Change Your Life, " as well as numerous other works of fiction and essays. He is well-known for making complex philosophical and artistic subjects accessible for a wider audience. De Botton founded the School of Life, a series of lectures in London that aim to make academic learning applicable to real life. With the success of the school, this concept was adapted into The School of Life book series. De Botton lives and works in London.
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