This essay explores the relations between aging, travel, and memory in the autobiographical travel memoir The Saddest Pleasure: A Journey on Two Rivers (1990) by American expatriate, former Peace Corps member, and travel writer Moritz Thomsen (1915-1991). Drawing from classic studies on aging (Cole 1992; Woodward 1991) as well as recent studies on the relations between aging and narrative (De Falco, 2010), the essay argues that Thomsen’s narrative significantly deconstructs our commonly accepted notion of ‘post-retirement leisure trip,’ while debunking the protagonist’s ‘tourist gaze’ and his exoticist fantasies about Brazil.

'Almost Fatally Disoriented': Tourism and Aging in Moritz Thomsen's The Saddest Pleasure

FRANCESCATO, Simone
2017

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This essay explores the relations between aging, travel, and memory in the autobiographical travel memoir The Saddest Pleasure: A Journey on Two Rivers (1990) by American expatriate, former Peace Corps member, and travel writer Moritz Thomsen (1915-1991). Drawing from classic studies on aging (Cole 1992; Woodward 1991) as well as recent studies on the relations between aging and narrative (De Falco, 2010), the essay argues that Thomsen’s narrative significantly deconstructs our commonly accepted notion of ‘post-retirement leisure trip,’ while debunking the protagonist’s ‘tourist gaze’ and his exoticist fantasies about Brazil.
Senior Tourism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging and Traveling
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