The Naked Tourist

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

  • Published: Oct 02, 2020

From the theme resorts of Dubai to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, a disturbing but hilarious tour of the exotic eastand of the tour itself Sick of producing the bromides of the professional travel writer, Lawrence Osborne decided to explore the... read more

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Details of The Naked Tourist

Exact title of the book
The Naked Tourist
Book author
Lawrence Osborne
ISBN
9781429934985
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Jun 12, 2007
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
288
File size (in PDF)
2592 kB

Some brief overview of book

From the theme resorts of Dubai to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, a disturbing but hilarious tour of the exotic eastand 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 Highwaya 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 Connoisseur, praised by The New York Times Book Review as "smart, generous, perceptive, funny, sensible."

About author

Osborne has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and other publications, and is the author of several books, including The Accidental Connoisseur. Born in England, he lives in New York.

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