The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia

The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia

by Alden Jones
The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia

The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia

by Alden Jones

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Through personal journeys both interior and across the globe, Alden Jones investigates what motivates us to travel abroad in search of the unfamiliar.

By way of explorations to Costa Rica, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Burma, Cambodia, Egypt, and around the world on a ship, Jones chronicles her experience as a young American traveler while pondering her role as an outsider in the cultures she temporarily inhabits. Her wanderlust fuels a strong, high-adventure story and, much in the vein of classic travel literature, Jones's picaresque tale of personal evolution informs her own transitions, rites of passage, and understandings of her place as a citizen of the world. With sharp insight and stylish prose, Jones asks: Is there a right or wrong way to travel? The Blind Masseuse concludes that there is, but that it's not always black and white.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299295745
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Alden Jones has lived, worked, and traveled in over forty countries, including as a WorldTeach volunteer in Costa Rica, a program director in Cuba, and a professor on Semester at Sea. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Time Out New York, Post Road, The Barcelona Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, and The Best American Travel Writing. She lives in Boston.

Read an Excerpt

I discovered that I liked the blur in the photographs. I liked the haze. They made the images of Burma dreamy, surreal, which is how it was to me. I liked that the filter was the tourist's shield. I could even say I'd done it on purpose: the work reflects the tourist's view of Burma. The countryside looked easy and peaceful to us. Herders and workers lived their daily lives outside our fast-moving machine. What we saw and remembered did not reflect the true Burmese experience, lives lived suffering memories of torture, a sister raped, a son stolen. No. I saw willows.—excerpt from The Blind Masseuse
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Charm of the Unfamiliar                                   
Lard Is Good for You (Costa Rica)                           
A Normal American Life (New York)                                   
Coke Is It (Bolivia)                            
The Blind Masseur (Costa Rica)                               
One Side of the Story (Nicaragua)                             
The Answer Was No (Cuba)                         
This Is Not a Cruise (Around the World)                             
How to Be a Tourist (Cambodia)                              
The Burmese Dreams Series (Burma)                        
I Know What You Did in Egypt: A Letter to Gustave Flaubert (Egypt)                             
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