The tao of travel : enlightenments from lives on the road / Paul Theroux.

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    • Notes:
      Includes index.
    • ISBN:
      9780547336916 : HRD
      0547336918 : HRD
    • Accession Number:
      2010042022
    • Accession Number:
      fay.325633
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    • ABNT:
      THEROUX, P. The tao of travel : enlightenments from lives on the road. [s. l.]: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. ISBN 9780547336916. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.325633. Acesso em: 6 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Theroux P. The Tao of Travel : Enlightenments from Lives on the Road. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2011. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.325633. Accessed December 6, 2019.
    • APA:
      Theroux, P. (2011). The tao of travel : enlightenments from lives on the road. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.325633
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Theroux, Paul. 2011. The Tao of Travel : Enlightenments from Lives on the Road. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.325633.
    • Harvard:
      Theroux, P. (2011) The tao of travel : enlightenments from lives on the road. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.325633 (Accessed: 6 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Theroux, P 2011, The tao of travel : enlightenments from lives on the road, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, viewed 6 December 2019, .
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      Theroux, Paul. The Tao of Travel : Enlightenments from Lives on the Road. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.325633.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Theroux, Paul. The Tao of Travel : Enlightenments from Lives on the Road. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.325633.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Theroux P. The tao of travel : enlightenments from lives on the road [Internet]. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2011 [cited 2019 Dec 6]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.325633

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2011 April #1

As a travel writer, Theroux has few contemporary rivals and no peers. His many books have hammered home the axiom that in meaningful travel the destination is never as significant as the journey itself. Theroux's descriptive faculties and his deft, if often pitiless, eye for the insincere and the dishonest in the array of characters he encounters on his worldwide voyages leave readers indelibly haunted. Theroux's admirers will welcome this anthology of those travel accounts that he himself has found admirable or influential or enlightening for his own literary achievements. A fecund resource for anyone who might wish to follow in Theroux's footsteps, this is a remarkably perceptive and incisive annotated bibliography of travel books. Having surveyed this array of literature and having pursued the peripatetic existence, Theroux arrives at a destination: 10 brief commandments that serve as a vade mecum for travel and for life itself. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2011 March #1

Theroux (Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar) is considered the doyen of travel writers. Despite a promising concept, his latest book is not his best. Theroux takes excerpts of great travel writing (from the likes of Samuel Johnson, Evelyn Waugh, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Graham Greene, and Ernest Hemingway) and sprinkles them in 27 thematic chapters—e.g., "Fears, Neuroses, and Other Conditions," "Travel as an Ordeal," "Travelers' Bliss," and "Classics of a Sense of Place"—which, unsurprisingly, have little to do with Taoism. The first chapter, which is made up of snippets from Theroux's many books, is tedious and forgettable. It is only when the chapters include longer texts from other writers that one gets a better feel for the travelers and their situations. VERDICT True Theroux fans will be happy to add this title to their collections. Others may enjoy excerpts and perhaps be inspired to read the original works, but this is not a book for the casual reader of travel writing. [See Prepub Alert, 11/15/10.]—Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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PW Reviews 2011 February #2

Travel maestro Theroux (The Great Railway Bazaar) conducts a rambling tour of the genre in this diverting meditation on passages from his own and other writers' works. Several chapters spotlight underappreciated travel writers from Samuel Johnson to Paul Bowles, while others explore themes both profound and whimsical. There are classic set-piece literary evocations, including Thoreau on the hush of the Maine woods and Henry James on the miserable pleasures of Venice. A section on storied but disappointing destinations fingers Tahiti as "a mildewed island of surly colonials"; travel epics—shipwrecks, Sahara crossings, Jon Krakauer's duel with Mount Everest—are celebrated; exotic meals are recalled (beetles, monkey eyes, and human flesh, anyone?); and some writers, like Emily Dickinson, just stay home and write about that. The weakest section is a compendium of aphoristic abstractions—"Travel is a vanishing act, a solitary trip down a pinched line of geography to oblivion"—while the strongest pieces descry a tangible place through a discerning eye and pungent sensibility: "I do not think I shall ever forget the sight of Etna at sunset," Evelyn Waugh rhapsodizes; "othing I have seen in Art or Nature was quite so revolting." Photos. (May 26)

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