By Alain de Botton
From the bestselling writer of The artwork of Travel comes a wittily exciting exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the imaginitive middle of our civilization.
Given unparalleled entry to at least one of the world's busiest airports as a "writer-in-residence," Alain de Botton came across it to be a show off for lots of of the key crosscurrents of the fashionable world--from our religion in expertise to our destruction of nature, from our worldwide interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the unique. He met tourists from everywhere and spoke with every person from luggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving jointly those conversations and his personal observations--of every thing from the poetry of room carrier menus to the eerie silence in the course of the runway at midnight--de Botton has produced a rare meditation on a spot that almost all people by no means decelerate adequate to determine basically. Lavishly illustrated in colour via well known photographer Richard Baker, A Week on the Airport unearths the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and--yes--even beauty.
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