A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary by Alain de Botton

By Alain de Botton

From the bestselling writer of The paintings of Travel comes a wittily interesting exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the imaginitive middle of our civilization.

Given unheard of entry to 1 of the world's busiest airports as a "writer-in-residence," Alain de Botton chanced on it to be a show off for plenty 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 all over the place and spoke with every person 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 provider menus to the eerie silence in the midst of the runway at midnight--de Botton has produced a rare meditation on a spot that the majority people by no means decelerate adequate to determine sincerely. Lavishly illustrated in colour by means 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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