How to Talk About Places You've Never Been On the Importance of Armchair Travel
Written in the irreverent style that made How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read a critical and commercial success, Pierre Bayard takes readers on a trip around the world, giving us essential guidance on how to talk about all those fantastic places we've never been. Practical, funny, and thought-provoking, How to Talk About Places You've Never Been will delight and inform armchair globetrotters and jet-setters, all while never having to leave the comfort of the living room.
Bayard examines the art of the "non-journey," a tradition that a succession of writers and thinkers, unconcerned with moving away from their home turf, have employed in order to encounter the foreign cultures they wish to know and talk about. He describes concrete situations in which the reader might find himself having to speak about places he's never been, and he chronicles some of his own experiences and offers practical advice.
How to Talk About Places You've Never Been is a compelling and delightful book that will expand any travel enthusiast's horizon well beyond the places it's even possible to visit in a single lifetime.
From the author of the dynamic and successful How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read comes this witty and provocative guide to talking about those far-flung destinations you've not quite crossed off your list.
Bayard puts forth some interesting ideas about the capacity of literature to take readers to other worlds and the possible superiority of these experiences to physical travel. Publishers Weekly I probably shouldn't bring any of this up, but Mr. Bayard holds that one of the best reasons for reading a book is that it allows you to talk about yourself. How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read is an amusing disquisition on what is required to establish cultural literacy in a comfortable way. Lightly laced with irony, the book nonetheless raises such serious questions as: What are our true motives for reading? Is there an objective way to read a book? What do we retain from the books we've read? -- Joseph Epstein Wall Street Journal on HOW TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS YOU HAVEN'T READ Witty and charming and often fun. -- Sam Anderson New York Magazine on HOW TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS YOU HAVEN'T READ It may well be that too many books are published, but by good fortune, not all must be read ... A survivor's guide to life in the chattering classes ... evidently much in need. New York Times on HOW TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS YOU HAVEN'T READ In this hilarious and elaborate spoof, Bayard proves once again that being almost ridiculously erudite and screamingly funny are by no means mutually exclusive. Booklist on HOW TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS YOU HAVEN'T READ
Pierre Bayard is a professor of French literature at the University of Paris 8 and a psychoanalyst. He is the author of Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?, How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read, and Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong, among many others. He lives in Paris, France.