The Art of Travel

Alain de Botton

There are nice nuggets in this elegantly written meditation on the pleasures of being away from “home.” It sometimes feel more like a magazine article, or rather a collection of magazine pieces, padded with rather long quotations from Flaubert and Proust and other “grands.” It might very well be that for all I know, but that’s to take nothing away from the stronger bits.
“Why be seduced by something as small as a front door in acouther country? Why fall in love with a place because it has trams and its people seldom have curttains in their homes?”
The chapter on exoticism is particularly strong… A good, quick read.

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