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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  17,536 ratings  ·  1,081 reviews
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.

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Published 2014 by Penguin Books (first published 2002)
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Aug 17, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i couldn't put my finger on why i didn't think this book was as great as de botton's other books. but then i realized it's because of 2 reasons.

1) the focus is very euro- and christian-centric. obvo, de botton is writing about what he knows (euro intelligentsia), but perhaps a book about travelling should be about things outside your sphere of knowledge. e.g., why is it so exotic for french-speaking de botton to go to the south of france? why go to a postcolonial barbados resort and consider th
فرقی نمی کنه موضوعی که دوباتن ازش صحبت می کنه چیه، هر چی که باشه توانایی این رو داره که من رو با اون کتاب و موضوع به وجد بیاره. شوق و ذوقی که با "هنر سیر و سفر" تجربه ش کردم یکی به دلیل پرداختن ریزبینانه ی دوباتن به موضوعی بود که همه کم و بیش به طریقی تجربه می کنند و دیگری دید خلاقانه ای بود که نویسنده برای نوشتن این کتاب انتخاب کرده بود . برای منی که عاشق سفر هستم عنوان کتاب به تنهایی بدون توجه به نام نویسنده یا فصل بندی های جذابش می تونه چشم گیرباشه و اگه این دو خصیصه رو هم اضافه کنم این جذابی ...more
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ben by: David Giltinan
In The Art of Travel, Alaine de Botton succeeds in the difficult task of opening the readers eyes to the many perceptual enhancements that travel can provide. It is not a travelogue of wild times in exotic countries, nor an informative list of places one can go. The Art of Travel is abstract, and focuses on concepts relating to the inner-self and individual psychology; the internal elements that affect, and are affected by, travel. Through avenues such as poetry, writings from some of histories ...more
نعیمه بخشی
سال گذشته یک مسافر تمامعیار بودم. بارها در کوپه نشسته بودم، بارها از گیت فرودگاه گذشته بودم و هزاران جاده دیده بودم که مثل مارهایی از اینجا تا افق خزیده بودند. برایم جذابیت داشت بدانم چطور میشود کیفیت سیر و سفر را بالاتر برد و بهرههای بیشتری از هر بار جابهجایی و رفتن و آمدن، گرفت. آلن دوباتن در این کتاب چیزی بیشتر از آنچه خواسته بودم، به من گفت. تلفیق هر فصل با شخصیتی منحصربهفرد -از ایوب نبی گرفته تا ونسان ونگوگ- و اشاراتی به زندگی و افکار آنها سفر را به چیزی بیش از تغییر مکان جغرافیایی تبدیل می ...more
Mohammad Sadegh Rafizadeh
کتابی برای خیلی از ایرانی هایی که سفر کردن بلد نیستن.( یادگرفتن، درک کردن و لذت بردن از سفر ...)
اینکه هنر چقدر می تونه در درک و تجربه ما از سفر مهم باشه، چیزی هست که در بخش اعظمی از این کتاب به اون پرداخته شده، چطور با نقاشی های ادوارد هاپر دیدی متفاوت نسبت به فضای اطراف داشته باشیم. چطور مثل فلوبر سرخورده از بورژوایی فرانسوی دل به رویاهای کودکی بسپاریم یا هماننده هامبولت برای فرار از روزمرگی دل به ماجراجویی های دیوانه کننده بدهیم.
دوباتن سعی کرده در ابتدای امر به مخاطب بگوید برای اینکه تجربه مت
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all of De Botton’s books, this one is really a series of tightly crafted essays, each of which could stand on its own.

I think the key messages of the book are well captured in the very first chapter:
• Upon travelling to Barbados, de Botton wakes up the next morning and heads for the beach, then observes: “A momentous but until then overlooked fact was making itself apparent: I had inadvertently brought myself with me to the island.” As my wife occasionally remarks to me during our trave
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book. Then I thought about it. Then I went back and read it again, less thoroughly, with a pen in hand looking to further unpack and appreciate the ideas and self-reflections they provoked in me. It has taken me a long time to get around to declaring this book “finished” enough for me to write a review.

The structure of this book is deceptively simple to summarize: each chapter is a juxtaposition of de Botton’s travel accounts with brief historical essays describing a famous author, t
Jul 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a certain self-effacing charm about Alain de Botton's writing that creeps up on you and which eventually becomes irresistible. Not one to shy away from big topics (love, philosophy, status, travel, Proust) he manages to bring you to fresh insights on each theme in a completely charming, highly readable fashion.

I've also seen him a few times on a BBC series about different philosophers, and the same charm is evident in person. He just seems like an altogether smart, together, sweet guy.
یکی از کتاب های خوب دوباتن.
یکی از قابلیت های دوباتن که رفته رفته توی کتاب هاش برجسته تر میشه دید قدرت تحلیل مسایل روزانه س. چیزهایی که شاید از نظر ما اون قدر معمولی بیان که هیچ وقت نتونن با اون وجه روشن فکرنمامون ارتباط برقرار کنن. این چیزها توی ذهن دو باتن به شکل عجیب و غریبی همراه میشه با نقل قول های خیلی ظریف و دوست داشتنی.
مثلا مگه میشه تکه ی پنجم از بخش "در باب سفر به مکان های گوناگون" رو فراموش کرد که چطور ورود نویسنده به یه رستوران بین راهی سوت و کور پرتش می کنه وسط
...تنهایی ها و انزوای آ
May 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, this was a bit of a disappointment to me after reading such great reviews. I'm a traveler and while there were some ideas in this book that appealed to me, the majority of the philosophies and "ways of traveling" that were shared turned me off. Botton seems a bit arrogant and I felt he contradicted himself a number of times. Not all of us have wealthy friends in the French countryside or have the means of staying at an exclusive hotel in Barbados. In fact, I think Botton is missing out ...more
It's not you book, it's me.

In truth, if this wasn't such an easy read that I could complete it in a day, I wouldn't have bothered, and it would another to my, admittedly quite minimal, DNF shelf.

As it was, it was a quick read, although it was a book I made no connection with. I should have known better, really, especially after whole Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance failure. Philosophy: not something I read well. Especially airy fairy philosophy, philosophy which treats a great love -
amin akbari
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

بسیار سفر باید...
#آلن_دوباتن را به تازگی کشف کردهام، نویسنده-فیلسوفی که نه فیلسوف بودنش مزاحم نویسندگیش میشود و نه مهارت نویسندگیش سبب میشود از بازگو کردن مباحث فلسفیش صرف نظر کند.
فلسفهی دوباتن یک فلسفه همگانی و کاربردیست و در جزء جزء زندگی آدمهای معمولی جامعه کاربرد دارد و به نظر من این خود امتیاز بزرگیست.
اولین کتابی که #آلن_دو_باتن خواندم کتاب #تسلی_بخشی_های_فلسفه بود که کتاب بسیار خوبی بود دوباتن در آن کتاب با مطرح کردن شش مشکل بزرگ که باعث ایجاد اختلال روحی و روانی در هر فرد میشود سع
Rana Heshmati
عشق و علاقهام نسبت به این کتاب و البته آقای دوباتن، قابل وصف نیست.
قبل از اینکه کتاب تمام شود، ریویوهایی در سرم می چرخید. توضیحاتی مبسوط، تا طبق گفتههای خود کتاب، به "ازش خوشم آمد" اکتفا نکنم و نظراتم را راجع بهش بگویم. اینکه چرا خوشم آمد. از چه چیزش.
اما حال، مخصوصاً با فصل آخرش، تنها میتوانم تحسینش کنم و این نظر دادنها و غیره را بگذارم برای کمی بعد تر.

پ.ن: کتاب، هدیه تولدی بود از طرف لیلی، خانم توکلی و نرگس معینی (با تقدیمنامچههایی بس دلپذیر). سال نود و دو. که خواندنش به الان و برای زنگ تماشا اف
Emma Sea
Life goal: write like this.
واقعا بنظرم نكته خاصي نداشت:|
به جز ترجمه بد، و ويرايش خيلي بد:)) يعني عملا نبود ويرايش! و اينكه اين خانوم گلي امامي مشخصا زبان مبدا رو بلده، مشكلش تو زبان مقصده كاملا:)) ساختار جملات زبان فارسي رو كامل بلد نيست فكر كنم حتي.
و به نكات مثبت اگر بخوام اشاره كنم فقط همين رو ميتونم بگم كه فصل پاياني واقعا واقعا خوب و متفاوت بود، و من به شخصه بسيار علاقه مند شدم به طرز فكر آقاي دومتر.
و اينكه اين كتاب موفق شد من رو بلخره با جناب فلوبر آشتي بده و حتي بسيار علاقه مند كنه بهش؛ حال آن كه تا الان از مخالف
My favorite read of late is Alain de Botton's “The Art of Travel.” I found this book enthralling. I couldn't put it down. Its insightful and erudite in a way that I haven't experienced since reading somewhat obscure texts for a rhetoric course in college. The book uses authors and poets and painters that we all know and love to help us think about how to fully experience our world. The book isn't really a travel tome; and I'm not sure that I learned all that much about particular destinations. I ...more
Jun 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
in this lovely philosophical scrapbook, alain de botton tackles the question of why people travel. partly an eclectic collection of essays, partly a memoir, and partly a collection of historical tidbits, philosophies, works of art and found objects that de botton found cool; most people will probably find this book either pretentiously irritating or delightful. my vote goes to the latter. to qualify, i read this for the first time in the midst of a wonderful journey, so perhaps rereading it just ...more
معصومه توکلی
خیلی لذّت بخش
خیلی برانگیزاننده
و خیلی اندوهبار

به خاطر همه ی آن جاده ها که هنوز پایم را رویشان نگذاشته ام.
و به خاطر خاطره ی پنجره ی قطار
که تصویر صورت خندان تو از لبه هاش آغاز
و خیلی زود با گندمزارهای گریزان درآمیخته و محو می شد...
Maria Ella
"Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train. There is an almost quaint correlation between what is in front of our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: large thoughts at times requiring large views, new thoughts new places. Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape. The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is s ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
دوباتن و نوشتههای خوباش.

فصلی که دربارهی مصر حرف میزد رو خیلی دوست داشتم. همچنین فصلی که از طراحی کردن حرف میزد. دربارهی اینکه طراحی کردن اطرافمون باعث میشه خوبتر و دقیقتر نگاه کنیم و همین باعث میشه زیباییها رو جوری ببینیم که تا الان ندیده بودیم. انجاماش دادم و جالب و جذاب بود. فصل اول کمی سختفهم بود و به نظرم میومد که ترجمه خوبی نداره ولی بقیه فصلا شفاف بودن و راحت فهمیده میشدن و به نظر بیعیب میومدن.
Narges Moini
ترجمهش افتضاح بود. وگرنه میتونستم بیشتر دوست داشته باشمش. ...more
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 first chapters were the least interesting for me, mostly stressing what I already knew--that "wherever you go, there you are." Don't go all over the globe looking for happiness (as Horace wrote)--changing your sky doesn't change yourself. But later on, in discussing the Lake District in England and Wordsworth (its first and most ardent admirer) de Bott ...more
Mina Mottahedin
کتاب عجیب غریب بامزه ای بود.حرفهایی که زده جالبن ولی بنظرم نمیومد حرفهایی باشن که یکی بخواد کتابشون کنه! داستان های بعضا بیربطی هم به نوشته ش ربط میداد که من باز نمیفهمیدم اینها رو چرا داره میگه ولی درعین حال از خوندنش لذت هم میبردم.زبان روان و خوبی هم داشت.کلا فکر کنم از این ببعد حالم در سفرهایی که بعد از خوندن این کتاب میرم با سفرهای قبلیم فرق داشته باشه.خوندنش را توصیه میکنم بامزه س جدا.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کافیه اسم دو باتن رو ببینم تا دیگه اسم کتاب هم نخونم و دستم بره بهش! چون دوباتن حالمو خوب میکنه.
اما چرا سفر میکنیم؟ شاید مثل تابلوهای هاپر ما به رستوران ها, هتل ها نیاز داریم برای تسلیم شدن به اندوهمان که در اتاق نشیمن با آن ظاهر تکراری سرخورده مان کرده. سفر میکنیم زیرا افکار جدید نیازمند مناظر جدید هستند. ما برای رهایی از افکار فلج کننده میتوانیم به مناظر بیرون قطار یا اتوبوس یا هواپیما نگاه کنیم تا آرامشمان را بدست آوریم زیرا اینها مددکار اندیشه اند.
سفر میکنیم زیراچیدمان تکراری خانه مثل این اس
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't really know what I was expecting, maybe it was some insightful ways to get more from my travel experiences. What I got was a book of two halves. The first half can be summarised - don't get your hopes up it might be shit. I persevered. The second half was better - it ain't where you go, it's the attitude you travel with.

The author is obviously very well read (he even includes a bedroom photo complete with bookshelf as evidence), and the book is littered with quotes and tales from various
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
در جهان هميشه بيش از آنچه انسان ها قادر به ديدن هستند ديدنى وجود دارد، مشروط بر اينكه آرام تر قدم بردارند؛ در حركت سريع بهتر نميبينند.
چيزهاى با ارزش رو بايد ديد و تعمق كرد، نه اينكه با شتاب از كنارشان عبور كرد. گلوله اى كه به سرعت ميرود لطفى ندارد، و انسان، اگر واقعا انسان است، از حركت آرام زيان نميبيند؛ چون سربلندى اش ابدا در رفتن نيست، بلكه در بودن است.
از فصل درخشان ((در باب مالكيت زيبايى)) كتاب
"Ateistler için Din" ile gözümde çok ciddi bir temel esere imza atmış olan de Botton'dan yine hap gibi bir düşünce kitabı. Yazarın tarzına uygun, her zamanki gibi sıkılmadan okunan derinlikli bir kitap. Benzer tür kitaplar içinde yine de bu derinliğin Cees Noteboom'un "Gezginin Oteli"si kadar olmadığını da belirteyim. Sel Yayıncılık'a da dilimize kusursuza yakın olduğunu düşündüğüm bir çeviriyle kazandırdıkları bu iki başarılı gezi felsefesi kitabı için tebrikler.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Świetne felietony! Tak jak wspomniałam wcześniej, autor pieknie ubiera w słowa moje własne myśli, przez co lektura tej książki była dla mnie olbrzymią przyjemnością. Erudycja, nawiązania, ciekawe anegdoty z biografii odkrywców i artystów, a to w połączeniu z bardzo ciekawą tematyką składają się na piękne tłuściutkie 5 gwiazdek ;-)
Gdybym miała się czepiać, bo czemu nie (:D), to bym stwierdziła, że fragmenty o pięknie przyrody były słabsze. Autorowi dużo lepiej idzie krytyka ludzkiej mentalności i
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5

It was definitely a good choice of book to bring on my trip to Australia, even if it took me a while to read and at times it was difficult to focus - but I have truly benefited from these ruminations and examinations already.
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.

I loved the chapter featuring a lot of van Gogh and also the Ruskin-he
دوباتن، تو این کتابش از سفر میگه
اینکه ما تو خارج دنبال اون چیزی هستیم که تو کشور خودمون تشنهاشیم
از سمِ عادت میگه
از اینکه عوامل تشکیلدهنده خوشبختی همیشه روانشناختیه و ربطی به ماده و زیبایی نداره
اینکه اگر ما عاشق ملت دیگه میشیم درواقع عاشق ارزشهایی از اون کشور شدیم که در فرهنگ خودمون غایبه
از عظمت و شکوه طبیعت و فروتنیای که بهمون یاد میده
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Alain de Botton is a writer and television producer who lives in London and aims to make philosophy relevant to everyday life. He can be contacted by email directly via

He is a writer of essayistic books, which refer both to his own experiences and ideas- and those of artists, philosophers and thinkers. It's a style of writing that has been termed a 'philosophy of everyday lif
“Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train. There is an almost quaint correlation between what is in front of our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: large thoughts at times requiring large views, new thoughts new places. Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape. The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is supposed to do.

At the end of hours of train-dreaming, we may feel we have been returned to ourselves - that is, brought back into contact with emotions and ideas of importance to us. It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestice setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, but who may not be who we essentially are.

If we find poetry in the service station and motel, if we are drawn to the airport or train carriage, it is perhaps because, in spite of their architectural compromises and discomforts, in spite of their garish colours and harsh lighting, we implicitly feel that these isolated places offer us a material setting for an alternative to the selfish ease, the habits and confinement of the ordinary, rooted world.”
“It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially moulded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others...Being closely observed by a companion can also inhibit our observation of others; then, too, we may become caught up in adjusting ourselves to the companion's questions and remarks, or feel the need to make ourselves seem more normal than is good for our curiosity.” 140 likes
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