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De Botton’s readers have it easier artw they can just close the book when they’ve had their fill of him — but occasionally as one makes one’s way through the book one senses exactly how M. 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.

These are probably good things to keep in mind when setting out on the road. I had inadvertently brought myself with me to the island. Botton seems a bit arrogant and I felt he contradicted himself a number of times. I loved the chapter featuring a lot of van Gogh and also the Ruskin-he Actual rating 3. 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.

It’s a book of which many readers are still fondest. But the writing becomes too involved, becoming dry, pedantic, and completely unrelated to travel. In fact, I think Botton is missing out Honestly, this was a bit of a disappointment to me after reading such df reviews.

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One of the concepts that I believe will stay with alaon is bottoj idea of word-painting. Interestingly de Botton, always so keen to explore every detail, doesn’t pause to consider what it might mean that she is blocking him and the lovely beach out with her headphones and reading Durkheim.

In five sections, de Botton moves from Departure to Motives to Landscape to Art to Return, offering for each but the last two reflective pieces, such as “On the Sublime”. Refresh and try again. He is most insightfully expressive with regard to perspectives and perceptions, which, lucky for the reader, penetrate most portions of the novel.


Being receptive and aware is the first and necessary step to being able to articulate our questions and opinions, and from there to render our experiences lastingly meaningful.

Its insightful and erudite in a way that I haven’t experienced since reading somewhat obscure texts for a rhetoric course in college. And there are also many illustrations and photographs all, unfortunately, only in black and white: Mar 29, Hesam rated it really liked it.

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. Vianar thesis that resonated with me the most was the simplest: The Art of Travel – US.

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I hope that he is, because his seems to me to be a talent that deserves to be rewarded. Travels in Europewhich is a lighter, funnier, and less intellectualized travel read. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

To condemn ourselves for these minute concerns is to ignore how rich in meaning these details can be. It inspires the reader to reach for the beautiful in life, and it helped me realize some of the inner resources that one can develop, and the outer resources that can be recognized, when in new atmospheres.

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. The book isn’t really a travel tome; and I’m not sure that I learned all that much about particular destinations.

It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. Get to Know Us. No trivia or quizzes yet. With Botton’s help, I now have more tools. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton. But for me there were few highlights, the chapter on Van Gogh the only real exception.

With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Lifede 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. The very personal contemplation — de Botton’s I-experiences — also don’t work to best effect here.


Every once in a while I find myself involved in a moment of overwhelming beauty or profound peacefulness. Our responses to the world are crucially moulded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others From Job to van Gogh, de Botton finds bits of biography and writing and art that he tries to apply to his subject.

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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I’m a traveler and while there were some ideas in this book that appealed to me, the majority of the philosophies and “ways of traveling” that were shared turned me off. The structure of this book is deceptively simple to summarize: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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.

Not all of us have wealthy friends in the French countryside or have the means of staying at an exclusive hotel in Barbados. Even as Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. What I got was a book of two halves. 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.

I find it a bit complex mostly for a young adult.

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