Art of Travel, The

De Botton, Alain

  12 Reviews

De Botton writes an alternative travelogue. His companions are writers, artists and philosophers, such as Gustave Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Charles Baudelaire, William Wordsworth, Vincent van Gogh and John Ruskin who give focus and direction to his journeys. A philosophical investigation into the motivations for travel.

Comments from Groups

Excellent animated discussion. So well written. Most of us enjoyed the book, some disliked it interestingly for being too intellectual! Hokianga 001.

A mixed reaction. Nelson 44.

Some of us really enjoyed this book and it's different approach to travel. Others found it hard going. Diamond Harbour 2.

Well worth the attention taken to read this. A great discussion followed and people going on their travels went with a new outlook and vision. Havelock 001.



TAUR 016
Some members of the group enjoyed the book and there was some discussion about the quirky and true insights it talked about, however others didn't finish it. His general style was considered a bit false, you could say! Illustrations not of a high quality.
WELL 074
Not what we expected. The style put a few people off, but by and large we enjoyed it as it was very different.
AUCK 069
A mixed review of this book - some really liked it, while others found it a bit boring and just a blend of individual musings.
NELS 002
Most of the members found the book a delight to read, bit it didn't generate very much discussion.
NELS 062
Mixed feelings re this book. Some disliked it and could not relate to the author. Many felt de Botton has no humanity and has a "snobbish" attitude towards people. Others enjoyed the book as a series of philosophical statements with much to ponder on, especially the sections on Art, and Country vs. City.
We had a great discussion about travel vs tourism, but for most it was a struggle to finish reading the book. However, we had one of the best discussions ever. It became very philosophical.
MAST 003
We absolutely loved this book. It not only helps teach you how to get more out of your travel experience, but also how to get more out of your everyday life.
THAM 005
Only 3 of us read the book in its entirety. One loved it for the contemplative style but most found it difficult to engage with, giving up before the end. Overall disappointing and not one we would recommend.
MAST 008
We all loved this book and gave it an average of 9/10! It provoked a lot of very interesting discussion about the clever way the author used different ideas of viewing travel -through painting and literature as well as physical. We all thought our children should read it too!
NAP 026
We all enjoyed the book as we are all seasoned travellers. Promoted much discussion on the more philosophical and profound thoughts, also personal interesting tales - then onto the effects of tourism on our own country and our own global footprint, and the world changing around us. None of us would have read the book without the book club influence, but felt it worthwhile if a little "ponderous" at times.
CHCH 383
Most enjoyed the style of writing. Some of it was quite hard to read.
Quite an interesting structure with the artistic guides to travel. A few of us reminisced about our own travel experiences, and we enjoyed the photos. Would recommend as something for a bit of a change.