The Naked Tourist by Lawrence Osborne
In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall

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From the theme resorts of Dubai to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, a disturbing but hilarious tour of the exotic east--and of the tour itself

Sick of producing the bromides of the professional travel writer, Lawrence Osborne decided to explore the psychological underpinnings of tourism itself. He took a six-month journey across the so-called Asian Highway--a swathe of Southeast Asia that, since the Victorian era, has seduced generations of tourists with its manufactured dreams of the exotic Orient. And like many a lost soul on this same route, he ended up in the harrowing forests of Papua, searching for a people who have never seen a tourist.

What, Osborne asks, are millions of affluent itinerants looking for in these endless resorts, hotels, cosmetic-surgery packages, spas, spiritual retreats, sex clubs, and "back to nature" trips? What does tourism, the world's single largest business, have to sell? A travelogue into that heart of darkness known as the Western
mind, The Naked Tourist is the most mordant and ambitious work to date from the author of The Accidental Connoisseu r, praised by The New York Times Book Review as "smart, generous, perceptive, funny, sensible."

 

About Lawrence Osborne

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Journalist, short story writer, and novelist, Lawrence Osborne is the author of one previous novel and six books of nonfiction. His short story "Volcano" was selected for Best American Short Stories 2012, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Forbes, Harper's, and other publications.
 
Published June 12, 2007 by North Point Press. 291 pages
Genres: Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Skip to next paragraph Denise Malone Lawrence Osborne In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall By Lawrence Osborne 278 pages.

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The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall by Lawrence Osborne offers a world-weary view of international travel in an era where "the entire world is a tourist installation."

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