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The Art of Travel

Alain de Botton

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Penguin
04 June 2014
Western philosophy, from c 1900 -; Travel & holiday; Travel writing
Few activities seem to promise us as much happiness as going travelling- taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel to, we seldom ask why we go and how we might become more fulfilled by doing so.

With the help of a selection of writers, artists and thinkers - including Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Wordsworth and Van Gogh - Alain de Botton's bestselling The Art of Travel provides invaluable insights into everything from holiday romance to hotel mini-bars, airports to sight-seeing.

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 suggests how we might be happier on our journeys.

'Richly evocative, sharp and funny. De Botton proves himself to be a very fine travel writer indeed.' Sunday Telegraph 'Delightful, profound, entertaining. I doubt if de Botton has written a dull sentence in his life.' Jan Morris 'An elegant and subtle work, unlike any other. Beguiling.' Colin Thubron, The Times 'Honest, funny and dripping with witty aphorisms. Extremely entertaining and enlightening . . . all the way to journey's end.' Herald
By:   Alain de Botton
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 199mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   298g
ISBN:   9780241970065
ISBN 10:   0241970067
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   04 June 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Art of Travel

Honest, funny and dripping with witty aphorisms. Extremely entertaining and enlightening . . . all the way to journey's end * Herald * An elegant and subtle work, unlike any other. Beguiling -- Colin Thubron * The Times * Delightful, profound, entertaining. I doubt if de Botton has written a dull sentence in his life * Jan Morris * Richly evocative, sharp and funny. De Botton proves himself to be a very fine travel writer indeed * Sunday Telegraph *


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