The Art of Travel

The Art of Travel

Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life, de 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. Even as de Botton takes the reader along on his own peregrinations, he also cites such distinguished fellow-travelers as Baudelaire, Wordsworth, Van Gogh, the biologist Alexander von Humboldt, and the 18th-century eccentric Xavier de Maistre, who catalogued the wonders of his bedroom. The Art of Travel is a wise and utterly original book. Don’t leave home without it. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Art of Travel

The Art of Travel

十九世紀末的「旅行」(travel)指的是具有拓荒、遠征、測量等明確目的之行動(expedition),蓋爾頓(Francis Galton)這本《旅行的藝術》所談論的「旅行」,正是就此而言。這樣的旅行對年輕人來說,是名利雙收的機會,老練的旅行者也可以接受各種調查委託而靠旅行維生,或是蒐集各地的物資,例如在非洲獵取象牙,也足以支持生活。當時,旅行經驗有助升遷,文筆不錯的話還可出書牟利。 本書誕生自相當切實的需求,原來,蓋爾頓1850~1851年探索非洲西南部時,苦尋不著參考資料,於是他決定自己蒐集旅人的零碎經驗,加以架構,整理原則,推敲出來的東西當可稱為「旅行的藝術」。 寫作背景既如此務實,蓋爾頓所謂的「藝術」也是條理分明而穩健。行前建設心理,評估自己適不適合旅行,這包括物質和心理條件。接著要組織探險隊——若你獨自上路,蓋爾頓給的建議很簡短:「嗜睡和聾聵之人不適合單獨旅行」,「時時保持清醒與警戒,團隊時時受惠,無庸贅言。」探險隊的成員,僕役、女人、通譯等,蓋爾頓一一提點其功能與挑選的原則,甚至附上跟僕役的合約範本。值得注意的是,此節蓋爾頓筆下的女人,簡直與馱獸無異;他對僕役的看法,今人怕也不大能接受。這些地方都能看出本書的時代侷限,卻也是了解十九世紀末英國帝國的材料。 蓋爾頓如此鉅細靡遺的探討了衣著、槍械、牲口、寢具、釣魚、尋路、繩結、木工等。這些項目,今人在「旅行」途中可能用不上,但蓋爾頓豐富的學識和實務見解,以及偶然拾得的洞見,仍然值得今人參考。 作者簡介 法蘭西斯.蓋爾頓 Francis Galton (1822-1911) 英國維多利亞時期的全才,懂心理學、人類學、優生學,堪稱熱帶冒險家、地理學家、發明家、彗星學家、統計學家等。蓋爾頓是提出演化論的查理斯.達爾文的遠房表弟,優生學的先鋒,由於研究優生學的緣故,也對統計學上的相關係數與迴歸有所貢獻。發表過關於指紋的論文與書籍。

The Art of Travel

Essays on Travel Writing

The Art of Travel

First published in 1982. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton (Summary)

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton (Summary)

Do you want more free books like this? Download our app for free at https://www.QuickRead.com/App and get access to hundreds of free book and audiobook summaries. Discover the art of travel and learn how to appreciate and make the most of your next trip. Many times we find ourselves overly stressed about work, relationships, and life. During these times, we fantasize about being somewhere else and just escaping the daily grind. We set the screensavers of our computer screens to tropical destinations and imagine lying in the sand with a drink in our hands. If only we were somewhere else, our problems would no longer exist, right? Finally, we book the trip and excitement ensues. However, we soon learn the anticipation was much more exciting than the trip itself as we encounter traveling woes like long lines, crowded places, intense heat and humidity, and mosquitos! Alain de Botton, however, wants to teach you how to travel better. Learn how to take pleasure in small things and change your perspective about common travel discomforts. Instead of groaning about the small, uncomfortable seats on the airplane, think about the miracle of flying through the clouds and seeing the world from a new perspective. With tips from past travelers and philosophers, de Botton will teach you how to appreciate your surroundings and make your traveling experiences more meaningful and memorable.

Zen and the Art of Travel

Zen and the Art of Travel

Zen is a spiritual journey that can transform and enrich our lives. Many of the great Zen masters were themselves world travelers, starting with Bodhidharma, who brought Zen from India to China in the sixth century. Divided into eight meditations, writer Eric Chaline examines how a deeper understanding of the Zen way of life can enrich every journey one takes, from a simple country ramble to an epic journey across the world.

Elizabeth Bishop

The Art of Travel

Elizabeth Bishop

"Fortuny maintains that there is practical merit in paying close attention to the linguistic complexities of Bishop's poems. The textures of poems concerned with foreign travel - poems such as "Questions of Travel," "Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance," "Crusoe in England," and "Santarem" - reveal a consciousness that is fundamentally social, in spite of the writer's reputation for Modernist and ahistorical reserve. Consequently, the heart of this study is a series of close readings of these poems, in which Fortuny teases out the nuances of Bishop's relationship to the world in which she lived and traveled, examining her "apolitical" poems through a political lens and encountering her poetic style as politically engaged itself."--BOOK JACKET.

Xu Xiake (1586-1641)

The Art of Travel Writing

Xu Xiake (1586-1641)

In this, the first full-length study in English of China's best-known travel writer, new light is shed on the importance of the diaries of Xu Xiake (1587-1687) a compulsive traveller who spent a lifetime visiting and writing about China's 'beauty spots'. The general view of his work, that he brought a sober, analytical approach to a genre previously the domain of the dillentante and that his writing was 'utilitarian' and lacking in literary merit is cast aside, revealing Xu to be a figure of his age, his concerns perfectly in tune with the exuberant tastes of other late Ming literati. Essential background is provided with a survey of the history of Chinese travel writing in general with particular emphasis given to the late-Ming period and a resume of Xu Xiake's life. The core of the work examines the wealth of new information to be found in a longer version of Xu's account of his great journey to southwest China, rediscovered in the 1970s. Detailed study of Xu's use of language serves to underline the breadth of achievement of a man who utilised traditional and contemporary Chinese poetic language in order to express an emotional response to the landscape through which he passed. This is reinforced by a complete annotated translation of a deeply personal essay, written towards the end of Xu's life. The book covers a broad spectrum of voguish sinological subjects relating to late Ming China ranging from the huge growth in all forms of geographical writing to the anthropological analysis of the non-Han peoples of southwest China. This book will interest both seasoned sinologists and anyone who has spent time travelling in China or is interested in the art of travel writing.