The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road

The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road

Leather / fine binding

By (author) Paul Theroux

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  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Format: Leather / fine binding | 285 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 206mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 19 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0547336918
  • ISBN 13: 9780547336916
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 96,899

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Paul Theroux celebrates fifty years of wandering the globe by collecting the best writing on travel from the books that shaped him, as a reader and a traveler. Part philosophical guide, part miscellany, part reminiscence, "The Tao of Travel" enumerates "The Contents of Some Travelers' Bags" and exposes "Writers Who Wrote about Places They Never Visited"; tracks extreme journeys in "Travel as an Ordeal" and highlights some of "Travelers' Favorite Places." Excerpts from the best of Theroux's own work are interspersed with selections from travelers both familiar and unexpected: Vladimir Nabokov J.R.R. Tolkien Samuel Johnson Eudora Welty Evelyn Waugh Isak Dinesen Charles Dickens James Baldwin Henry David Thoreau Pico Iyer Mark Twain Anton Chekhov Bruce Chatwin John McPhee Freya Stark Peter Matthiessen Graham Greene Ernest Hemingway "The Tao of Travel" is a unique tribute to the pleasures and pains of travel in its golden age.

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A "determinedly personal collection of travel appreciation." -"Kirkus Reviews "A "diverting meditation on passages from his own and other writers' works. [T]he strongest pieces descry a tangible place through a discerning eye and pungent sensibility..." -"Publishers Weekly"