The Naked Tourist

In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall

Lawrence Osborne

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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.”

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Excerpted from The Naked Tourist by Lawrence Osborne. Copyright © 2006 by Lawrence Osborne. Published in June 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.
 
It came upon me quite suddenly, like a mental disorder unknown to psychiatry: the desire to stop everything in normal life, to uproot and leave. It could be a disease of early middle age, a premature taste of senility: the need to leave the world as it is today behind and find somewhere else. You pack your belongings with a bitter fatalism, as if you know that it is now time to get moving again, to regress to nomadism.

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“Possibly the most entertaining book about wine ever written.” —Jancis Robinson, Financial Times


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Lawrence Osborne

LAWRENCE OSBORNE has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and other publications, and is the author of four previous books. Born in England, he lives
in New York.

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

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June 2007
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ISBN: 9781429934985
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288 pages
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June 2007
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