By By (photographer) Richard Baker By (author) Alain de Botton
From the bestselling writer of The artwork of shuttle comes a wittily fascinating 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 exhibit for plenty of of the foremost crosscurrents of the fashionable world—from our religion in know-how to our destruction of nature, from our international interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the unique. He met tourists from in all places and spoke with everybody 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 the majority folks by no means decelerate adequate to work out in actual fact. Lavishly illustrated in colour through well known photographer Richard Baker, per week on the Airport finds the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and—yes—even attractiveness.
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Originally published in Great Britain by Profile Books Ltd, London, in 2009. Vintage is a registered trademark and Vintage International and colophon are trademarks of Random House, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data De Botton, Alain. A week at the airport / Alain de Botton ; photographs by Richard Baker. p. cm. 1. Heathrow Airport (London, England). 2. Airports—England— London—Social aspects. I. Title. 1 For Saul Contents Cover About the Author Other Books by This Author Title Page Copyright Dedication Chapter I Approach Chapter II Departures Chapter III Airside Chapter IV Arrivals Acknowledgements 1 While punctuality lies at the heart of what we typically understand by a good trip, I have often longed for my plane to be delayed – so that I might be forced to spend a bit more time at the airport.