The Art of Travel
The Art of Travel
Alain de Botton

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.

Title The Art of Travel
Author Alain de Botton
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 11 May 2004
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 272 p.
ISBN-10 0375725342
ISBN-13 9780375725340
Publication Date 11 May 2004
Main content page count 272
Weight 16 oz.

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