The Naked Tourist

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

Lawrence Osborne

North Point Press

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Sick of producing the picturesque bromides of the professional travel writer, Lawrence Osborne decided to explore the psychological underpinnings of tourism itself by taking a six-month journey down the so-called “Asian Highway”—a swath 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 ends 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 from the West looking for as they wade through 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? The Naked Tourist is a travelogue into that heart of darkness known as the Western mind.

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“[Osborne] grabs the bull by the horns . . . Through the most surreal environments (the fabricated islands of Dubai, the medical resorts of Thailand) he is funny, intelligent, insightful and honest.” —Max Watman, The New York Times Book Review

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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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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
June 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780865477414
ISBN10: 0865477418
5 1/16 x 7 15/16 inches, 288 pages
$20.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
June 2007
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ISBN: 9781429934985
ISBN10: 1429934980
288 pages
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