By Alain de Botton
From the bestselling writer of The paintings of Travel comes a wittily exciting exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the ingenious middle of our civilization.
Given exceptional entry to 1 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 trendy world--from our religion in expertise to our destruction of nature, from our international interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the unique. He met tourists from in every single place and spoke with everybody from luggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving jointly those conversations and his personal observations--of every little 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 the majority folks by no means decelerate adequate to determine in actual fact. Lavishly illustrated in colour by way of popular 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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A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary by Alain de Botton