Sunday, February 12, 2006

Nikos Kazantzakis Quote of the Day No. 3

Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels

6 Comments:

Blogger Tom Saunders said...

This could mean that you might as well stay at home.

5:57 pm  
Blogger kathryn said...

Yes! (I'm not sure that K meant it that way, though. Must check with Panos.) But, this reminds me of the way Alain de Botton opens his Art of Travel. He dwells on the difference between expectations of a destination and the reality encountered when one arrives. I've found an excerpt of the opening here: The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton: Excerpt - On Anticipation. He mentions J. K. Huysmans's novel A Rebours, published in 1884, in which the French protagonist organises a trip to London. Does all the research, etc, etc, "creates the country" to use the Kazantzakis quote, but begins to have second thoughts, imagines it will be a drag, and returns home, thinking: 'I must have been suffering from some mental aberration to have rejected the visions of my obedient imagination and to have believed like any old ninny that it was necessary, interesting and useful to travel abroad.'.

6:44 pm  
Blogger kathryn said...

Reposting as don't think my italics came through:


Yes! (I'm not sure that K meant it that way, though. Must check with Panos.) But, this reminds me of the way Alain de Botton opens his "Art of Travel". He dwells on the difference between expectations of a destination and the reality encountered when one arrives. I've found an excerpt of the opening here: The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton: Excerpt - On Anticipation. He mentions J. K. Huysmans's novel "A Rebours", published in 1884, in which the French protagonist organises a trip to London. Does all the research, etc, etc, "creates the country" to use the Kazantzakis quote, but begins to have second thoughts, imagines it will be a drag, and returns home, thinking: "I must have been suffering from some mental aberration to have rejected the visions of my obedient imagination and to have believed like any old ninny that it was necessary, interesting and useful to travel abroad."

6:46 pm  
Blogger Tom Saunders said...

Good excerpt.

Poet John Betjamin didn't much like going abroad. Someone said of him that when travelling he needed to keep his friends all around him like a rugby player who's lost his shorts.

2:05 am  
Blogger kathryn said...

Oh that's good. Like taking home with you.

7:54 am  
Anonymous Ari said...

May be if what you create in your mind is full of anticipation and not expectation then it's ok.

5:23 am  

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