A Journey Around My Room

by Xavier de Maistre | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1843910993 Global Overview for this book
Registered by okyrhoe of Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on 11/24/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Monday, November 24, 2008
A replacement copy for the bookring I started in 2007.

Journal Entry 2 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Monday, November 24, 2008
A Journey Around My Room, by Xavier De Maistre (1795).
Translated by Andrew Brown. Foreword by Alain de Botton. Hesperus Classics edition, 2004.

from the publishers:
"What do you do when you find yourself imprisoned in your room for six weeks?
Xavier de Maistre, a twenty-seven-year-old Frenchman found himself in this uneasy situation when he was arrested in Turin after a duel, in the Spring of 1790. But even confined to his room, as he was, with only a butler and a dog for company, de Maistre managed to fill his time by embarking on a journey around his bedroom, later writing an account of what he had seen, and eight years later, making a second journey, this time travelling at night, and making it as far as the window ledge. Whether travelling from his bed to his sofa, or even to his mirror, he wears his ‘travelling outfit’, consisting of his favourite pink and blue pyjamas.
Out of his forced reclusion comes a delightful fantasy, and de Maistre’s new take on the travel literature of the past went on to inspire many future writers, such as Marcel Proust."

"The perceptions of the mind, the sensations of the heart, the very memories of the senses, are inexhaustible sources of pleasure and happiness for man."

Journal Entry 3 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Monday, November 24, 2008
the BOOK RING continues

Please PM if you are interested, and include
a) Your location
b) Where you are willing to ship (International, or N. America / Asia / Europe only)

BookRing order:
- readers of the first copy - klaradyn, (Izzati)
- Bug2004
- rhythmbiscuit
- OnlyLiana (in UK - posts worldwide) <---book is here
- your name here if want to join this ring
- back to okyrhoe in Greece

~ ~ ~ ~ > Please make a journal entry when you receive the book.
~ ~ ~ ~ > When you are done reading, contact the next reader via PM for their address. Also make another journal entry (or edit your first one) to share your comments about the book.

Thanks everyone! I hope you enjoy this.

Journal Entry 4 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Wednesday, December 03, 2008
On its way to Bug2004!

Journal Entry 5 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Re'cvd today...looks great!! I have 2 in front of it, but will get to asap. :) Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 6 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Saturday, February 21, 2009
Okay. I'm very sorry for keeping this so long!! When I first rec'vd it, life got in the way. I started reading it and then kept re-reading parts until time got away from me!! I do apologize!!!

I will say that I loved it. It's a bit challenging at times to completely get your head around exactly what he's talking about, but it's a book that I will always remember.

My favorite line:
"O time! Dread deity! It is not your cruel scythe that fills me with terror; I fear your hideous children, Indifference and Forgetfulness, who turn three-quarters of our lifespan into a long death."

So many of his lines ring so true.

I enjoyed the Nocturnal Expedition a bit more, but both stories pack a punch.

Thanks so much for sharing, okyrhoe...I would never have found this otherwise. :)

Dropped off at the post office earlier today.

Journal Entry 7 by rhythmbiscuit from Northglenn, Colorado USA on Sunday, March 08, 2009
Hello, okyrhoe! And thank you for reviving this bookring.

I look forward to reading this book.

Journal Entry 8 by rhythmbiscuit from Northglenn, Colorado USA on Monday, April 06, 2009
I found this book quite odd. Although I enjoyed some parts, such as how his journey to the desk took less time because he accidentally fell out of his chair, for the most part it wasn't my cup of tea. One thing that baffled me was that de Maistre referred to his Soul (and sometimes the Beast) as She. Wouldn't his animal self, at least, be male?

I will pass this book along to OnlyLiana.

Released 10 yrs ago (4/6/2009 UTC) at US Postal Service, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases



Mailed to OnlyLiana. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 10 by OnlyLiana from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 18, 2009
Arrived today safe and sound, will start on this asap and let you know my thoughts as I go.

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