When I discovered this book I knew I had to have it: The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux
“A book to be plundered and raided.” – The New York Times
Full of quotes from Theroux’s own books and from other bibles of travel (from Kerouac, Mark Twain, Hemmingway, Thoreau, and so many more) this book is a condensed slice of the most beloved travel literature, all of which tries to put the meaning of our journeys into words: what we’re searching for when we leave, and what we may unexpectedly find. But the overture is simply the importance just to move, to take the journey, to go forth.
Read it. Take it with you wherever you go, and let it help you appreciate the whole experience of travel.
This book contains so many things I’ve thought about while on the road. Lots of them are subtle ideas that are unvoiced in conversation, but can be elegantly and elaborately narrated in writing. It’s that nostalgia, and the internal journey that coincides with a physical one, the wonderings about the world and the experience of it.
I kept wanting to take notes and pull quotes from this book. I sped through it, wanting to devour all the insights as fast as I could, but I know I can return to these pages again and again to discover new passages that strike me as I explore more of the world.
I’m also going to read more from Theroux… all the excerpts in this culminating book of his 50 years spent wandering the globe make me certain that each of his other works is worth reading too.