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The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road (Anglais) Broché – 24 juillet 2012

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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

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“A book to be plundered and raided.” — New York Times Book Review

“A portal into a world of timeless travel literature curated by one of the greatest travel writers of our day.” — USA Today

Paul Theroux celebrates fifty years of wandering the globe in this collection of the best writing from the books that have shaped him as a reader and a traveler. Part philosophical guide, part miscellany, part reminiscence, The Tao of Travel contains excerpts from the best of Theroux’s own work interspersed with selections from travelers both familiar and unexpected:

Vladimir Nabokov         Eudora Welty
Evelyn Waugh          James Baldwin
Charles Dickens         Pico Iyer
Henry David Thoreau         Anton Chekhov
Mark Twain         John McPhee
Freya Stark         Ernest Hemingway
Graham Greene         and many others

“Dazzling . . . Like someone panning for gold, Theroux reread hundreds of travel classics and modern works, shaking out the nuggets.” — San Francisco Chronicle

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It's true, The Tao of Travel is more than anything else a collection of quotes about travel from books by Paul Theroux's favorite writers. And his very favorite writer is himself! It's only Tao in the title... However, even as a reference book, it's a fun read as well as a chance to discover other travel writers such as R. L. Stevenson and D. H. Lawrence, and a few behind the scenes stories. I'm now looking forward to reading Theroux's other books. The beautiful binding, maps, and quality printing make it a nice gift, or a worthwhile addition to your library.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Others say this book isn't just a compilation, but it really is 15 juin 2011
Par Bob Peck - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I recently discovered that the book some of us were looking for in Paul Theroux's "Tao of Travel" actually exists....it's the first 7 pages and much of the rest of chapter 1 of his previous book, "Ghost Train To The Eastern Star".

In those pages he briefly but thoughtfully touches on many of the topics I thought I'd find in this book: Youth vs. Experience, The Challenge of Re-visiting locales and former glories, How Travel informs and changes us, How External Factors in our lives color our perception, etc. Fleshed out, that would have been the ideal Paul Theroux swan song.

While I understand the satisfaction some people received from the excerpts in this book and the exposure to previously unknown writers and works, if you're looking for the actual Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux, check out the early sections of Ghost Star. By page 22, he even uses the phrase...."the lesson in my Tao of Travel....


Since the first 10 reviews have all been 4 stars or higher, I'll be the first to go against the grain. Like most others who I imagine gravitate towards this book, I've read all of Theroux's previous non-fiction/travel related material and would categorize myself as a fan. My respect for his ability takes into account his legendary grumpiness and political views that I don't always agree with. To me, the unyielding consistency of those two potential negatives actually acts as a positive, making it clear from the start where he's coming from and allowing me to adjust for my own sense of the people and places he encounters and writes about.

It was also clear to me prior to purchase that this was never intended as another of those typical travelogues, but more as a review of his general thoughts and theories of travel, thematically tied together through excerpts from his and other's previous work.

What convinced me to purchase the book were earlier reviews stressing that this was far more than just a compilation, and instead reads like a brand new narrative, with the excerpts only used to tie everything together. But after 275 pages, that wasn't my perception at all. To me, it felt EXACTLY like a compilation book, in many cases with only tangentially related snippets included to fill out the book. Perhaps this was necessary because several other chapters had only enough material for 3 pages or less. The very limited new prose from Theroux was what actually then tied things together.

Several problems arise from this. The first is that all the material quoted from Theroux's previous work is quite familiar to me, and that's a decent chunk of the book. The second is that, quite naturally, my enjoyment of the material from the other --- in many cases, unfamiliar --- authors varies a lot, to the point where my lack of interest in that person's style, content, or whatever, caused me to skim through it and move on.

So my negativity is not that the book isn't like his previous work, or wasn't what I expected. It's just that there wasn't enough "New Theroux" to justify what is being sold as Theroux's new book. It really IS a compilation book, and a lot of it didn't interest me that much. I would have far preferred a new book of Theroux's reflections on his travels and commentary about the joys, perils, pitfalls, unexpected pleasures, etc. of travel. Maybe there's still time for that, but this felt like Theroux's career re-cap. Now about that cheap, unnecessary, crinkly plastic sticker ruining the back of the book...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a marvelous book! Is this Theroux's swan song? 4 juillet 2011
Par William J. Fickling - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Like many of the previous reviewers, I have read many of Theroux's previous travel books, have enjoyed all of them, and have learned something from each of them. Therefore it was with considerable anticipation that I ordered and read this book. I knew before I read it that it would be a compendium or compilation of travel musings from Theroux and others, and I was not sure whether I would enjoy it. I am happy to say that I enjoyed the book thoroughly and that it quite exceeded my expectations.

It is true that there is very little that is original in this book. So what? What is there is marvelous, and even though Theroux quotes from himself a good bit, it is also quite true that it is highly unlikely that I would ever have come across most of the reflections on travel by other authors that Theroux includes here. That alone makes this book a gem. For example, here is this pearl from Hans Christian Andersen, right on page 1: "Homesickness is a feeling that many know and suffer from; I on the other hand feel a pain less known, and its name is 'Outsickness.'" Is there any true traveler with whom that quote won't resonate? I am very much like Theroux in that, like him, I have felt a wanderlust, and urge to travel, at least from childhood or early adolescence, and it is exactly that wanderlust that Andersen is referring to when he mentions "Outsickness." For me the urge to travel began when I read Richard Halliburton's books as a teenager, and I was happy to see that Theroux mentions and quotes from Halliburton here. This is especially gratifying because, although Halliburton is remembered and revered by people of a certain age, he is almost forgotten today.

Theroux does not shrink from differentiating between travelers and tourists. I had to chuckle at one of Theroux's own comments: "Choose your country, use guidebooks to identify the areas most frequented by foreigners--and then go in the opposite direction." This is very similar to something I have always said to acquaintances that I consider serious travelers--if, when you tell people where you are going and their response is "what the hell do you want to go THERE for?"--then you know you're going to the right place. Theroux also mentions other essentials of travel if it is truly going to be the learning experience or epiphany that you want it to be: travel alone, don't overplan, and above all, leave your electronic equipment at home.

This book is unlike anything that Theroux has written before in that it seems to be a distillation of everything essential to be said about travel--hence, I suppose, the title. But it also caused me to wonder, given that Theroux recently turned seventy: is this Theroux's swan song? Is this his goodbye to travel writing? Is this his way of saying "that's all there is; there is no more?" Will we be seeing any more travel books from Paul Theroux? If that is indeed the case, then this book is a very worthy ending to an illustrious career. If you love travel, and if you haven't done so already, I urge you to buy a copy posthaste.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's a great smorgasbord to snack from when you feel the need ... 3 mai 2016
Par Donald H. McLean - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's a great smorgasbord to snack from when you feel the need for faraway places but are homebound. I have mirrored many of his travels including the Peace Corps so I relate to his travel philosophy. PT's writings have filled my life for decades and to see this composite is a dream. I've given away many copies to friends leaving for or returning from travels to faraway places. People who are travelers...that is...not tourists. Thank you, Paul!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not a good book for Kindle 19 juillet 2011
Par CalGal - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a big Theroux fan and enjoyed this much but wish I had read it on paper and not Kindle as much flipping around was required to keep up with abbreviated references to other works. Took me awhile to get into it - at first it seemed like Theroux for the ADD/blogger set. But once I got into the rythym I loved it and added many previously unknown works to my reading list. One glaring omission: French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir's "America Day by Day," a 1947 account of a classic road trip across America. Many of her observations ring true today, and many were colored by her pre-conceived notions of American culture. At any rate I was surprised that it was not included in Theroux's compilation, which covered a lot of territory. Any reader of travel literature has to appreciate the huge amount of research that went into what is basically a reference book. It was not nearly as satisfying as a new travel narrative or novel from Theroux, but that said I'll read anything the man writes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book for the traveler or would-be traveler. 10 août 2015
Par RONWA - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I loved this book, partly because I love travel, but I also really like his writing. This is a compilation of Theroux's writing and text quoted from a wide variety of authors I would not have encountered on my own. It is the kind of book you can read in small pieces when you have the time and urge. I am sure it will also be a book to read more than once.
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