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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Van Gogh refined his ability to see by studying the work of other artists and comparing what they presented with what he saw. Jul 05, David rated it really liked it. I’m a traveler and while there were some ideas in this book that appealed to me, the majority of the philosophies and “ways vuajar traveling” that were shared turned me off. Quotes from The Art of Travel. Even as Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why.

A Arte de Viajar

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. The external voyage only has an impact if accompanied by an internal one. Want to Read saving…. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Well-read, with some artistic sensibility and a bit of a philosophical bent, de Botton generally makes an amusing if occasionally irritating guide.

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At the end of hours of train-dreaming, we may feel we have been returned to ourselves – that is, brought viajjar into contact with emotions and ideas of importance to us. He begins with a trip to aete Caribbean, contrasting it nicely to Huysman’s des Esseintes a very unsuccessful travellerand captures the longings and disappointments of any travel-undertaking well.

The idea is to not just capture the scene, but to fully describe the emotional connection we have to the moment—in psychological terms even. Return to Book Page. In the subsequent chapter he describes his first visit to Provence and how ate and unimpressed he was until he opened his host’s coffee-table book on van Gogh and his last years in the same area.


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But the writing becomes too involved, becoming dry, pedantic, and completely unrelated to travel. Botton seems a bit arrogant and I felt he contradicted himself a number of times. Apr 12, Gordon rated it really liked aret.

Coincidences like that make my day. De Botton is also drawn to some quirky characters — travel-masters, of varying sorts — and he weaves them into his book, with varying degrees of success.

Overall, de Botton’s writing is excellent. I hope that he is, because his seems to me to be a talent that deserves to be rewarded. I merely mention it to warn those who would be put off by this kind of scope.

Published May 11th by Vintage first published 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. About Alain de Botton.

Don’t really know what I was expecting, maybe it was some insightful ways to get more from my travel experiences. Van Gogh’s vision helped him really to see what was in front of him, and his appreciation grew.

Ines Depends on your english level. 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. 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.

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The first chapters were the least interesting for me, mostly stressing what I already knew–that “wherever you go, there you are.

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. De Botton recognises and reminds readers that much of travel is uncomfortable, disappointing, and even boring. I’ve also seen him a few times on a BBC series about different philosophers, and the same charm is evident in person.

One of the concepts that I believe will stay with me is the idea of word-painting.

El arte de viajar

Through avenues such as poetry, writings from some of histories In The Art of TravelAlaine de Botton succeeds in the difficult task of viajad the readers eyes to the many perceptual enhancements that travel can provide.

While two people may experience the same event at the same place and time, their perceptions and outtake will never be exactly the same. Lists with This Book. Jul 09, Craig rated it really liked it Shelves: It is not a light reading book for non native english speakers, in my …more Depends on your english level.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Open Preview See a Problem? What I got dr a book of two halves. With Botton’s help, I now have more tools. 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 historical figures. I think the key bottln of the book are well captured in the very first chapter: