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The Art of Travel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. Februar 2012

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The urge to be somewhere else is one of the abiding traits of human nature; in The Art of Travel author Alain de Botton (The Consolations of Philosophy, How Proust Can Change Your Life) sets out to discover why in his own inimitably witty and discursive way.

Of course, the proximate reasons we travel are many and various: as de Botton explains. Using the travel experiences of great writers and artists, like Van Gogh, Ruskin, Huysmans and Wordsworth (in Provence, Venice, Belgium and the Lake District respectively), de Botton shows that men will travel to see beautiful buildings, or climb beautiful mountains, or make love to beautiful (and comparatively amoral) women. But, using the same artists, de Botton also shows that there is an underlying theme to all travel: the urge for difference, for the rhapsody of change. That this is an urge more often disappointed than gratified only makes the condition more poignant. One of de Botton's best chapters, on Flaubert, amplifies this tragicomic point: the French novelist spent enervating years in genteel Normandy longing for the sensual splendours of Egypt, then, when he finally reached the pyramids, he promptly lapsed into maudlin nostalgia for rainy, bourgeois Rouen.

If there are flaws in this, de Botton's latest and perhaps most readable book, they are the usual suspects: just occasionally the author comes across as a bit long-winded and self-regarding. However, this is such a pleasant and effortless read even these flaws can be taken as endearing characteristics--like the lizards who kip in the bath in your otherwise idyllic holiday villa.--Sean Thomas -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


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When someone says travel guide, most people will think of Lonely Planet, National Geographic, or other well known travel guides. Alain de Botton's 'The Art of Travel' is an utterly different approach to structure and present a guide for travelers. Summarized in a single sentence, The Art of Travel is to travel writing what Sophie's World is to philosophy.

Rather than focussing on a specific destination, de Botton structures his book around the more basic aspects of travel that tend to get ignored, overlooked or just de-prioritized in your perception ' the departure, motives, landscape and art that travelers encounter, the return. Each aspect is illustrated using the author's personal experience on his own travels as well as making use of recognized artists, writers, philosophers or scientists whose works and views De Botton cleverly integrates to make his point and open your perception about things you might otherwise overlook lightly in your own travel. My personal favorite was De Botton's use of Edward Hopper's work to introduce the reader to the visual poetry of travel ' or rather those moments in transit, at typical transit locations: airports, hotels, gas stations. Edward Hopper is the master of painted urban poetry who understands perfectly how to portray the beauty of the mundane, lonely places of travel and urbanity. De Botton is a master of helping you make use of Hopper's perception of urban beauty and open your eyes on your own travels.

Throughout the book, the writing is very light and uplifting. The reader is carried through the book through small episodes and every point is well put without keeping it alive artificially. As such, the book is entertaining and informative at the same time at any point.

I can highly recommend this book to everyone who has become the indifferent traveler that needs to recalibrate their senses. Also, if you're into photography, this book may give you new ways to look at travel with your camera.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Really seeing when we observe 9. April 2010
Von Alison - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Art of Travel is a mixture of de Botton's own personal musing and those of other philosophers and travellers. The most interesting and enjoyable parts for me were those of de Botton's own thoughts and analysis. He points out the obvious but in ways that you've never considered before. In fact it is this lack of seeing that he also comments on when discussing how we can be travellers in our own homes and communities by just looking at what is around us. His observations are apposite and adroit and when it is de Botton's own perception it tends to be illustrated with his wry humour. I particularly liked an early observation in the book were he discusses our need for perfection when we travel on holiday: "A momentous but until then overlooked fact was making its first appearance: that I had inadvertently brought myself with me to the island". He then goes on to lament about his body and mind being a "temperamental" accomplice to the appreciation of what he sees around him. Amusing and so true.

Unfortunately I read this book on Kindle and it was very poorly formatted. The majority of pictures were missing and those that were included were of very poor quality. I can imagine that the reading experience would have been significantly enhanced if the photographs and illustrations had been included. I've read other work by de Botton that contained photographs, and they completed the whole experience of reading that book. The Kindle edition also has several typographical errors so I would not recommend reading this book in electronic format. I have reported the issues, but customer services are not interested and just tell me that transferring a book to e-format can mean missing images. They ignored my comments about typos! Avoid this book on Kindle.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen I really like Alain de Botton 8. Oktober 2015
Von Carmen Cadenas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I really like Alain de Botton, this is the 4th book by him I have read, I also love to travel, so this seemed like a perfect fit, but even though there are some very original thoughts about the experience of travel in the bottonesque style that I have come to love, the book seemed slightly boring and I had some trouble finishing it, which didn't happen at all with Essays on Love, Status Anxiety of The joys and sorrows of work. It is still insightful and well written but I found myself repeatedly losing interest.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Had to unlearn and see travel from De Botton's angle - quite riveting! 22. August 2016
Von Deogratias Rweyemamu - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Far from expectations I had for my first travel book, yet quite impressed.

I was intrigued by the artistic and philosophical approach that De Botton used to describe travel experiences. I've gained much insight from works of 18th and 19th century writers and artists including: Humboldt, Flaubert, Wordsworth, Thomas Gray, Van Gogh, Ruskinsnd De Maistre.

I encountered many quotes that resonated with me, including:

"Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train."

"There are certain scenes that would ASEAN atheist into belief without the help of any other argument."

"A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is the desire to hold on to it: to possess it and give it weight in our lives. There is an urge to say, 'I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me.'"

I recommend this book to fellow travellers and art lovers.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A thought provoking read on the process of travel 31. Juli 2016
Von Brad Revell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wow, what a thought provoking book! For someone who has a ferocious appetite to travel (and does both personally and for work) it gave me a fresh perspective on how one should go about traveling and experiencing the world. This is a story of de Botton's experiences intertwined with stories from some of the greats of our history (e.g. Pascal, Neitzsche, Baudelaire etc.). It literally takes you on a journey from the anticipation of travel all the way through to the return to your home and life.

I normally would read this book quite quickly however throughout there were sections that made me stop and reflect on my own travel experiences. At each page turn my values and approaches to travel was challenged and critiqued and I loved it!

Three key takeaways from the book:
1. I'm torn between Pascal's perspective of truly enjoying and taking in a historical artifact (or art) versus being an artist where you take in what you see and then create something unique and creative that enhances the experience for you and for others. I believe that there is room for both depending on the situation. Such as life today where people photograph and video things versus stopping to just enjoy the experience.
2. We want to be happy in our lives and travel seems to provide us with a mechanism to do that. The problem is that we only experience this happiness while traveling because we are outside of the constraints of work and our struggle to survive
3. De Botton advocates travelling alone to be an advantage. He believes that responses to the world are molded by the company that we keep, therefore we align our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely Recommend 2. Juni 2017
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I loved this book. A great mix of philosophy and humor. There are some parts that were a bit boring but once I reached the end, I couldn't help but start over again. I'm going through with a highlighter this time because there are so many special passages that just made me stop and marvel. Perfect travel companion!
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