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Friday, April 13, 2012

Book of the Month:The Tao of Travel

"One of the reasons we are still ignorant of what space travel or lunar exploration is like: no astronaut has shown any ability to convey the experience in writing. There has never been a Melville on the moon, or even an Updike." -FAF

Yes, the time is upon us. The time for the book of the month. 

Book: The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
Author: Paul Theroux
Price: $16.50 from Amazon

Book Description:
"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                  Ernest Hemingway      Anton Chekhov                        John McPhee        Freya Stark                     Graham Greene                 Peter Matthiessen         

 The Tao of Travel is a unique tribute to the pleasures and pains of travel in its golden age."

When you are done reading the book, come back and share your opinions!

My adventure on a railroad track.
"Travel is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with existence or the exotic. It is almost entirely an inner experience."  -FAF

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