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The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives…

The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road (2011)

by Paul Theroux

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This is, in general, a good book. I like the way in which he has excerpted and classified different authors and themes.

What I like also, is the fact that there are lots and lots of marvellous quotes! So, it is good

The snippets are interesting enough for the armchair traveller, and for one who wants inspiration before writing a travel book ( )
  RajivC | May 18, 2016 |
A collection of tidbits profiling all the greats who made travel and writing about their sole vocation starting with Hieun Tsan.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
A collection of tidbits profiling all the greats who made travel and writing about their sole vocation starting with Hieun Tsan.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is a very engaging sampler of passages from a wide array of travel writers. Theroux groups his selection into interesting categories: Writers and the Places They Never Visited, Perverse Pleasures of the Inhospitable, Everything is Edible Somewhere. Wonderful variety from classic and modern travel writing. I enjoyed it all. Well, some of the passages about what was eaten had to be skipped. ( )
  Rayaowen | Jun 24, 2013 |
Not what I was expecting. Quotes from fellow travelers. Interesting. Just not the Theroux I was expecting. ( )
  co_coyote | Dec 23, 2012 |
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Equally engaging are the author’s brief rumination on disgusting meals and how they tasted and his quick peek into the lives of the spouses, friends and lovers who went along for the ride as largely invisible sidekicks on some of history's great travel adventures. Alternatively pious and irreverent, this is an uneasy almanac of favorite quotes and advice for the would-be tourist that broadly features travel as a trope for personal enlightenment.
added by John_Vaughan | editKirkus (Jul 21, 2011)
Theroux himself says: “From an early age I longed to leave home and to keep going. I cannot imagine not traveling.” Here he comes home to his library and takes us on a journey around his favorite authors. Most books clearly belong on bookshelves, and some on coffee tables. Others are known in Britain as “loo books” — ideal companions for those sedentary moments of solitude. “The Tao of Travel,” part compendium of quotations, part miscellany of literary pondering, might be one of those. Yet it’s also a more philosophical undertaking than that might imply.
added by John_Vaughan | editNY Times, Henry Shukman (Jul 14, 2011)
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As a child, yearning to leave home and go far away, the image in my mind was of flight - my little self hurrying off alone.
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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 collection of writings from Paul Theroux's fifty years of travel. Included are writings from other travelers such as Charles Dickens, Eudora Welty, Anton Chekhov, Ernest Hemingway and many others.

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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0241144647, 0141044268

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