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The Tao of Travel

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The Tao of Travel

Enlightenments from Lives on the Road

By Paul Theroux

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Imitation Leather, 9780547336916, 285pp.

Publication Date: May 19, 2011


Paul Theroux celebrates fifty years of wandering the globe by collecting the best writing on travel from the books that shaped him, as a reader and a traveler. Part philosophical guide, part miscellany, part reminiscence, "The Tao of Travel" enumerates The Contents of Some Travelers Bags and exposes Writers Who Wrote about Places They Never Visited; tracks extreme journeys in Travel as an Ordeal and highlights some of Travelers Favorite Places. Excerpts from the best of Theroux's own work are interspersed with selections from travelers both familiar and unexpected:
Vladimir Nabokov J.R.R. Tolkien
Samuel Johnson Eudora Welty
Evelyn WaughIsak Dinesen
Charles Dickens James Baldwin
Henry David Thoreau Pico Iyer
Mark Twain Anton Chekhov
Bruce Chatwin John McPhee
Freya Stark Peter Matthiessen
Graham Greene Ernest Hemingway
"The Tao of Travel" is a unique tribute to the pleasures and pains of travel in its golden age.

Praise For The Tao of Travel

A "determinedly personal collection of travel appreciation."
-Kirkus Reviews

A "diverting meditation on passages from his own and other writers' works. [T]he strongest pieces descry a tangible place through a discerning eye and pungent sensibility..."
-Publishers Weekly