- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin; Auflage: New Ed (29. Mai 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0140276629
- ISBN-13: 978-0140276626
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,5 x 13 x 2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 192.251 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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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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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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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.
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.
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.