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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Its insightful and erudite in a way that I haven’t experienced since reading somewhat obscure texts for a rhetoric course in college. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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 style of the book was unusual, because it aret elements of a novel together with reflections and analyses normally found in a piece of non-fiction.

The display of power can inspire us to imagine analogous, decisive shifts in our own bottpn, to imagine that we, too, might one day surge above much that now looms over us. Lists with This Book.

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.

But later on, in discussing the Lake District in England and Wordsworth its first aret 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.

Every once in a while I find myself involved in a moment of overwhelming beauty viajwr profound peacefulness. Reading that chapter was like a spiritual awakening; something akin to the transcending experience one feels when looking at slews of massive mountaintops alajn stretches of distant, barren deserts.

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The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is s “Journeys are the midwives of thought. A very interesting little book that opened my eyes in a number of ways, and helped me to understand part of why I’m not a very good traveler. The thesis that resonated with me the most was the simplest: Move on Moving BBB.

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De Botton does nicely explore the strange thing that is travel — the desire to be elsewhere, the expectations and hopes, the reality, mind-journeys, etc. The mind may be reluctant to think properly viaja thinking is all it is supposed to do. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

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This is appropriate, because the travel experience itself is subjective. Trivia About The Art of Travel. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton. 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.

To ask other readers questions about The Art of Travelplease sign up. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

Want to Read saving…. 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. To condemn ourselves for these minute concerns is to ignore how rich in meaning these details can be. There are no women represented except as companions or objects of desire for men.

Despite focussing on different parts of a journey and of the larger concept of travel, the book remains piecemeal. About Alain de Botton. De Botton’s readers have it easier — 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.


But, as he points out: He further expatiates on what he considers the true value of art–that artists offer us the chance to see their version of what is really there. Refresh and try again. View all 4 comments.

The Art of Travel

Van Gogh refined his ability to see by studying the work of other artists and vianar what they presented with what he saw. Travel to some exotic locations in Kerala.

L’arte di viaggiare – Italia. But the writing becomes too involved, becoming dry, pedantic, and completely unrelated to travel. Well-read, with some artistic sensibility and a bit of a philosophical bent, de Botton generally makes an amusing if occasionally irritating guide.

The very personal contemplation — de Botton’s I-experiences — also don’t work to best effect here. 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.

I loved the chapter featuring a lot of van Gogh and also the Ruskin-heavy one.

Viaar later on, in discussing the Lake District in England and Wordsworth its first and most ardent admirer de Bott A very interesting little book that opened my eyes in a number of ways, and helped me to understand part of why I’m not a very good traveler. Jun 04, Ben rated it liked it Recommended to Ben by: All in all, I highly recommend it to people interested in vignette-style reflections on how we experience our immediate viakar and what we can learn about ourselves by just paying more attention to it, whether at home or abroad.