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Honestly, this was a bit of a disappointment to me after reading such great reviews. Move on Moving Solutions. The Art of Travel – UK.
Each piece focusses on a specific place or severaland is considered through the refractive lens of some literary or artistic guide — Ruskin, Van Gogh, Edmund Burke, Edward Hopper, among others. This guy is obviously French, wealthy, and Christian none of which are bad traits, but he didn’t seem to open up to the glory that is a foreign culture. I had inadvertently brought myself with me to the island.
This is appropriate, because the travel experience itself is subjective. You can appreciate this book quite nicely even while sitting on the couch at home, but I happened to read it while travelling in Honduras.
Then I thought about it.
I read this book. De Botton specialises in this approach, indeed, it can be found in all his books, fiction or not. Van Gogh refined his ability to see by studying the work of other artists and comparing what they presented arts what he saw. 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.
El arte de viajar
The very personal contemplation — de Botton’s I-experiences — also don’t work to best effect here. 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.
I don’t know, I guess Buttons ways and philosophies of traveling are not like mine. Amazon Second Chance Pass it botron, trade it in, give it a second life. He is most insightfully expressive with regard to perspectives and perceptions, which, lucky for the reader, penetrate most portions of the novel. He can be contacted by email directly via www.
To alaun what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mar 29, Hesam rated it really liked it. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Lifede Botton considers vizjar pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow.
Learn more about Amazon Prime. The idea is to not just capture the scene, but to fully describe the emotional connection viajat have to the moment—in psychological terms even. He begins with a trip to the Caribbean, contrasting it nicely to Huysman’s des Esseintes a very unsuccessful travellerand captures the longings and disappointments of any travel-undertaking well. De botton sees symbolism and connections in what may originally seem mundane.
Also, apparently this book is on the syllabus for advanced English in Australia, heard about it from two people, which is also cool, seeing as it is pretty unknown where I come from.
The Art of Travel – Alain de Botton
I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? But later on, in discussing the Lake District in England and Wordsworth its first and most ardent admirer de Botton made me realize just how revolutionary Wordsworth’s nature-worship was, and how much his popularity increased with the gradual shift of population into cities with the resulting eagerness for re-creation in Nature.
Die Kunst des Reisens – Deutschland.
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 Esseintes — actually also had gotten around quite a bit in the world.
I find alainn a bit complex mostly for a young adult. Still, there’s a good deal of cleverness and fun to enjoy in The Art of Traveland readers not familiar with the figures de Botton introduces if you haven’t read Huysmans or de Maistre, for example will likely enjoy this cast of characters and, one hopes, eagerly pick up some of the books discussed. The author is obviously very well read he even includes a bedroom photo complete with bookshelf as evidence bottob, and 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.
Then I went back and read it again, less thoroughly, with a pen in hand looking to further unpack and appreciate the ideas and self-reflections they provoked in me. Refresh and try again.