One of our finest travel writers presents a literary traveller's handbook
After fifty years of wandering the globe, Paul Theroux collects the best writing on travel from the books that shaped him, as a reader and a traveller. Part philosophical guide, part miscellany, part reminiscence, The Tao of Travel examines 'The Contents of Some Travellers' Bags' and exposes 'Writers Who Wrote About Places They Never Visited'. It tracks extreme journeys in 'Travel As An Ordeal' and highlights some of 'Travellers' Favourite Places'.
Excerpts from the best of Theroux's own work nestle among selections from travellers both familiar and unexpected, such as Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Johnson, Mark Twain, Bruce Chatwin, Eudora Welty, Anton Chekhov, Peter Matthiessen and Ernest Hemingway.
A brilliant tribute to the pleasures and horrors of travel in its golden age, The Tao of Travel is your ticket to fabulous and forgotten worlds. Hurry, departing soon.
'Studded with gems it will enliven any journey'
About the Author
Paul Theroux's highly acclaimed books include Dark Star Safari, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, Fresh Air Fiend and The Elephanta Suite. The Mosquito Coast and Dr Slaughter have both been made into successful films. Paul Theroux is also a frequent contributor to magazines, and divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian islands.
One for the armchair traveller and the adventurer who has scaled K2 and swum the Bosphorus. Like a long train journey, once you settle in there's a lot to enjoy. Gripping * The Times *
Dazzling . . . like someone panning for gold, Theroux reread hundreds of travel classics and modern works, shaking out the nuggets. A source of inspiration for prospective travelers and a guide to how, in Theroux's view, to travel properly * San Fransisco Chronicle *
Pure entertainment * Financial Times *
A real treat for anyone travelling * Guardian *
One of the best introductions to travelling and travel writing * Sunday Times *