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The Art of Travel book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only A. The Art of Travel is a philosophical look at the ubiquitous but peculiar activity of The book mixes personal thought with insights drawn from some of the great. The perfect antidote to those guides that tell us what to do when we get there, The Art of Travel tries to explain why we really went in the first place - and helpfully.
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Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic is a romp through a bygone era, studying the lives of six artists who left their homelands to pursue creativity elsewhere. Top of page. All rights reserved. I traveled around the world with a friend and eventually, it started feeling like a job.
So, after coming back, instead of a digital nomad, I became a digital settler. Travel is a means, not an end. Esseintes is a French recluse, who spends all his time reading.
But once he reads Charles Dickens , he feels a desire to go see London. He books a train ticket and packs his bags. Excited about his trip, he downloads a guidebook and goes to an English pub just before setting off.
Another modern-day travel issue is what I call fact fatigue. We go to new places, armed with long lists of sights, events, and experiences we want to dedicate time to. De Botton suggests that the time for travelers to collect facts may simply be over.
His trip had a purpose. Nowadays, travel is a luxury, we can afford to do it in our spare time. That means we must find new ways of exploring, of adding meaning to travel. It appears that he is quite successful, despite the disparate and commercially unpromising topics he chooses to write about.
I hope that he is, because his seems to me to be a talent that deserves to be rewarded. View all 3 comments.
May 11, Danielle rated it did not like it. 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 contradicted himself a number of times. Not all of us have wealthy friends in the French countryside or have the means of staying at an exclusive hotel in Barbados.
In fact, I think Botton is missing out Honestly, this was a bit of a disappointment to me after reading such great reviews. In fact, I think Botton is missing out on the thrill of travel that is unknown, unsafe, and lacking in the pretentious wanderings of a big city. I don't know, I guess Buttons ways and philosophies of traveling are not like mine. This guy is obviously French, wealthy, and Christian none of which are bad traits, but he didn't seem to open up to the glory that is a foreign culture.
This book just wasn't my cup of tea. It's not you book, it's me. In truth, if this wasn't such an easy read that I could complete it in a day, I wouldn't have bothered, and it would another to my, admittedly quite minimal, DNF shelf.
As it was, it was a quick read, although it was a book I made no connection with. I should have known better, really, especially after whole Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance failure. Especially airy fairy philosophy, philosophy which treats a great love - It's not you book, it's me.
Especially airy fairy philosophy, philosophy which treats a great love - travel - to an analysis to make it into something other than an opportunity to gain experiences and understanding. Yes I am a simple man, with simple views.
So before I cut this review off short - if you are interested in reading this book - there are plenty of reviews by people who took and understanding from it, even enjoyed and benefited from reading it, so don't waste time on this review I will concede one of the aspects I enjoyed in this book, and this was worth a star, was reading about Gustave Flaubert whose book Flaubert in Egypt is hilarious and excellent in equal parts and the inspiring Alexander von Humboldt, which are interspersed within the text.
Not for me - 2 stars. Life goal: Jul 09, Craig rated it really liked it Shelves: I couldn't put it down. Its insightful and erudite in a way that I haven't experienced since reading somewhat obscure texts for a rhetoric course in college. The book uses authors and poets and painters that we all know and love to help us think about how to fully experience our world. The book isn't really a travel tome; and I'm not sure that I learned all that much about particular destinations.
I found myself dog-earing the corners of so many pages as he shared insights that resonated with my own experience of travel lately. One of the concepts that I believe will stay with me is the idea of word-painting.
As you know, I love to share my experiences with you here on the blog. Sometimes I struggle to decide how much detail to include, knowing that some of you will be interested in particular aspects of a story while others will not. For me, the little things matter.
I'm often fascinated by the day-to-day, somewhat mundane ways in which life is different from place to place. Every once in a while I find myself involved in a moment of overwhelming beauty or profound peacefulness.
Those are moments I want to share with you. The idea is to not just capture the scene, but to fully describe the emotional connection we have to the moment—in psychological terms even. With Botton's help, I now have more tools. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train.
There is an almost quaint correlation between what is in front of our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape.
The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is s "Journeys are the midwives of thought. The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is supposed to do. A very interesting little book that opened my eyes in a number of ways, and helped me to understand part of why I'm not a very good traveler.
The first chapters were the least interesting for me, mostly stressing what I already knew--that "wherever you go, there you are.
But later on, in discussing the Lake District in England and Wordsworth its first and most ardent admirer de Bott A very interesting little book that opened my eyes in a number of ways, and helped me to understand part of why I'm not a very good traveler. But later on, in discussing the Lake District in England and Wordsworth its first and most ardent admirer de Botton made me realize just how revolutionary Wordsworth's nature-worship was, and how much his popularity increased with the gradual shift of population into cities with the resulting eagerness for re-creation in Nature.
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. Van Gogh's vision helped him really to see what was in front of him, and his appreciation grew. He further expatiates on what he considers the true value of art--that artists offer us the chance to see their version of what is really there.
Van Gogh refined his ability to see by studying the work of other artists and comparing what they presented with what he saw. Don't really know what I was expecting, maybe it was some insightful ways to get more from my travel experiences. What I got was a book of two halves. The first half can be summarised - don't get your hopes up it might be shit. I persevered.
The second half was better - it ain't where you go, it's the attitude you travel with. The author is obviously very well read he even includes a bedroom photo complete with bookshelf as evidence , and the book is littered with quotes and tales from various Don't really know what I was expecting, maybe it was some insightful ways to get more from my travel experiences. The author is obviously very well read he even includes a bedroom photo complete with bookshelf as evidence , and the book is littered with quotes and tales from various historical figures.
But for me there were few highlights, the chapter on Van Gogh the only real exception. So let me conclude with a quote of my own, from Twain.
No not Mark. Shania - "that [book] don't impress me much.