The Art of Travel. Few things are as exciting as the idea of travelling somewhere else. But the reality of travel seldom matches our daydreams. The tragi-comic. A arte de viajar. Front Cover. Alain de Botton. Dom Quixote, – pages Bibliographic information. QR code for A arte de viajar. Poucas atividades estão tão associadas à busca da felicidade quanto o desejo de viajar para lugares distantes. Embora não faltem publicações que.

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Return to Book Page. 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.

To condemn ourselves for these minute concerns is to ignore how rich in meaning these details can be. Books by Alain de Botton. So, although I am not embarking on any significant travels this year, this book nevertheless feels remarkably relevant to me personally.

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All in all, I highly recommend it to people interested in vignette-style reflections on how we experience our immediate environment and what we can learn about ourselves by just paying more attention to it, whether at home or abroad. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestice setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, but who may not be who we essentially are.

The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is s “Journeys are the midwives of thought. In fact, I think Botton is missing out on the thrill of travel that is unknown, unsafe, arge lacking in the pretentious wanderings of a big city. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, aalin or train. The second half was better – it ain’t where you go, it’s the attitude you travel with.


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Coincidences like that make my day. There’s a certain self-effacing charm about Alain de Botton’s writing that creeps up on you and which eventually becomes irresistible. It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. 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.

View all 22 comments. Every once in a while I find myself are in a moment of overwhelming beauty or profound peacefulness.

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I’m often fascinated by the day-to-day, somewhat mundane ways in which life is different from place to place. In the subsequent chapter he describes his first visit to Provence and how grumpy and unimpressed he was until he opened his host’s coffee-table book on van Gogh and his last years in the same area.

I merely mention it to warn those who bottln be put off by this kind of scope. In five sections, de Botton moves from Departure to Motives to Landscape to Art to Return, offering for each but the bptton two reflective pieces, such as “On the Sublime”. Aug 17, Soo-Ryun rated it it was ok.

The author is obviously very well read he even includes a bedroom photo complete with bookshelf as evidenceand 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.

But, as he points out: So let me conclude with a quote of my own, from Twain. He is most insightfully expressive with regard to perspectives and perceptions, which, lucky for the reader, penetrate most portions of the novel.

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Reading that chapter was like a spiritual awakening; something akin to the transcending experience one feels when looking at slews of massive mountaintops or stretches of distant, barren deserts. I find it a bit complex mostly for a young adult. He remains focussed — nay, fixated entirely on himself.

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Alain de Botton is a writer and television producer who lives in London and aims to make philosophy relevant to everyday life. Published May 11th by Vintage first published According to de Botton, while the splendors of various sights and cultures can help aid the kind of growth the traveler may desire, one need not leave his bedroom in order to gain mind expansion and life changing insights.

The Art of Travel – Canada. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Being closely observed by a companion can also inhibit our observation of others; then, too, we may become caught up in adjusting ourselves to the companion’s questions and remarks, or feel the need to make ourselves seem more normal than is good for our curiosity. May 11, Danielle rated it did not like it.

De botton sees symbolism and connections in what may originally seem mundane. 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.