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.
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...felt so connected to a piece of literature. Stunning in its prose, pace, diction, complexity, simplicity. Wonderful read. Read a chapter and then put it down, maybe even for a day or three, or seven. Then read the next chapter. Pause when you wonder, and look up those places, people, words, and art that piqued your curiosity. After my first read I waited four months and then read it again, picking up on valuable, soulful subtleties I previously had not noticed. Some will not like this book, to be sure, but for others, like me, it is a life changing journey into being present, being here, being now. Bravo.
One of my favorite books by my favorite author.