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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, December 28, 2009
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This review is from: A Week At The Airport: A Heathrow Diary (Paperback)
This is my first experience of Alain de Botton's writing and after devouring this book in less than 2 hours (partly due to it's brevity and partly because I enjoyed it so much) I'll be looking to read more of his work.

I'm probably a little unusual in that I love airports and attempt to arrive much earlier than is really necessary so I can get airside as soon as possible and begin to immerse myself in the world of the terminal. I've never been to terminal 5 but the world that de Botton describes could be any large airport terminal; it feels very familiar.

I loved de Botton's perceptive writing and his incisive and insightful look at the lifeblood of the airport. The book is funny, interesting and very engaging. He meets a variety of people and captures their essence in a few short words; impressive observational writing. The photographs by Richard Baker make the book and it wouldn't be as good or feel as complete without them.

This little book is thoroughly enjoyable for the high quality writing and high quality photography. It's one of my favourite books read this year and I'll be getting The Art of Travel soon!
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Initial post: Sep 21, 2010 9:38:45 AM PDT
I've been a fan for years. I first discovered ADB by accident when I saw Consolations of Philosophy on TV. You really can't go wrong with any of his books. They're all great. He's written on a wide range of topics. Sounds as if Art of Travel is a good next choice for you.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 9:58:13 AM PST
Victoria says:
I LOVE airports too and always try to choose a trip with a longer waiting time between the flights :)
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