LeGuin, Ursula

Primary Category: Literature / Fiction

Genre: Short Story

Annotated by:
Dittrich, Lisa
  • Date of entry: Feb-20-1996


A middle-aged businessman goes to a small coastal town to have a relaxing weekend. That weekend, the "Sightseeing Seniors of Cedarwood, A Christian Community" are also visiting, and the protagonist is quite disconcerted by being constantly mistaken (by waitresses, the seniors themselves, etc.) for a member of this group.


This story has a wonderful comic edge, as Warren, the protagonist, is brought to face his own aging. "I'm only fifty-two!" he cried inwardly, as, once again, he is mistaken for a Sightseeing Senior. LeGuin poignantly brings her message home at the end, as Warren's encounter with a young skateboarder illustrates the progress of generations.

Primary Source

Searoad: The Chronicles of Klatsand


Harper Collins

Place Published

New York