The Art of Travel. Few things are as exciting as the idea of travelling somewhere else. But the reality of travel seldom matches our daydreams. The tragi-comic. A arte de viajar. Front Cover. Alain de Botton. Dom Quixote, – pages Bibliographic information. QR code for A arte de viajar. Poucas atividades estão tão associadas à busca da felicidade quanto o desejo de viajar para lugares distantes. Embora não faltem publicações que.

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Why fall in love with a place because it has trams and its people seldom put curtains in their homes? Arfe let me conclude with a quote of my own, from Twain. The book isn’t really a travel tome; and I’m not sure that I learned all that much about particular destinations.

The Art of Travel – Alain de Botton

Being closely observed by a companion can also inhibit our observation of others; then, too, we may become caught up in adjusting ourselves to the companion’s questions and remarks, or feel the need to make ourselves seem more normal than is good for our curiosity. It is not a travelogue of wild times in exotic countries, nor an informative list of places one can go. Even as Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why.

Through avenues such as poetry, writings from some of histories In The Art of TravelAlaine de Botton succeeds in the difficult task of opening the readers eyes to the many perceptual enhancements that travel can provide. With Botton’s help, I now have more tools. The very personal contemplation — de Botton’s I-experiences — also don’t work to best effect here.

Die Kunst des Reisens – Deutschland. The author is obviously very well read he even includes a bedroom photo complete with bookshelf as evidenceand 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.


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.

It appears that he is quite successful, despite the disparate and commercially unpromising topics he chooses to write about. This is, essentially, a personal goal for me this year, one that I am pursuing by approaching my reading more thoughtfully and by reflecting more frequently on the small ways I can gain full awareness of how I am interacting with people and my environment.

Both sides of this juxtaposition were exquisitely crafted. Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape.

El arte de viajar

The structure of this book is deceptively simple to summarize: There’s a certain self-effacing charm about Alain de Botton’s writing that creeps up on you and which eventually becomes irresistible. The external voyage only has an impact if accompanied by an internal one. Move on Moving BBB. alwin

For me, the little things matter. And there are also many illustrations and photographs all, unfortunately, only in black and white: 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.

A Arte de Viajar

Trivia About The Art of Travel. Alain de Botton writes fluidly and precisely, there are many on point descriptions that fitted my travel experiences to a t and I made sure to highlight and annotate my copy as a memory.


In The Art of TravelAlaine de Botton succeeds in the difficult task of opening the readers eyes to the many perceptual enhancements that travel can provide.

Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train. I loved the chapter featuring a lot of van Gogh and also the Ruskin-he Actual rating 3.

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I don’t know, I guess Buttons ways and philosophies of traveling are not like mine. L’arte di viaggiare – Italia.

The style of the book was unusual, because it mixed elements of a novel together with reflections and analyses normally found in a piece of non-fiction. Its insightful and erudite in a way that I haven’t experienced since reading somewhat obscure texts for a rhetoric course in college. Apr 12, Gordon rated it really liked it.

So, although I am not embarking on any significant travels this year, this book nevertheless feels remarkably relevant to me personally.

The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is s “Journeys are the midwives of thought. The Art of Travel is a wise and utterly original book. Much of this is quite well done: May 11, Danielle rated it did not like it.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A nice contrast is world-traveller Alexander von Humboldt and Xavier de Maistre, best remembered for his Voyage around my Room see our review with de Botton correctly pointing out that de Maistre — unlike the fictional des Boyton — actually also had gotten around quite a bit in the world.