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Alain de Botton – Heathrow turbulence at Time Out

November 29, 2009

Source: LA Times

I mentioned in October I’d been looking forward to reading Alain de Botton’s “A Week at the Airport”, but it’s just received an absolute pasting in TimeOut this week.

I would link to the review, by Chris Moss, but search facilties aren’t the best, and as far as I can tell it’s not online.

Anyway, Moss says:

“Botton has missed the button here” – nice – “and any access he was granted [within Heathrow] seems to have been carefully managed.”

He continues:

“…it takes an artist – think Cortazar, Goncharov or Beckett – to render life’s dullest routines fascinating and fruitful. A writer with a talent for lyricism might have achieved that; de Botton does not.”

This is still the same author of “The Art of Travel”, which is a great book. I think I’ll still give it a go.

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