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The Sex Lives of Cannibals

Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

Troost, J. Maarten

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Sex Lives of Cannibals
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At the age of 26, Maarten Troost, after racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobs, decided to move to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. He was restless and lacked direction, and the idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the Earth was irresistibly romantic. This book tells the hilarious story of what happens when Troost discovers that Tarawa is not the island paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles through relentless, stifling heat, a variety of deadly bacteria, polluted seas, toxic fish, and worst of all, no television or coffee. He contends with a cast of bizarre local characters and eventually settles into the ebb and flow of island life, just before his return to the culture shock of civilization.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767915304
0767915305
Branch Call Number: 919.681 T855s 2004
Characteristics: xiii, 272, [1] p. ;,21 cm

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At the age of 26, Maarten Troost, after racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobs, followed his wife to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. Hilarity, misadventure and Maarten's signature wry, descriptive humor follows.

The remote island of Kiribati is not the paradise author Troost and his family was expecting.

This book tells the hilarious story of what happens when the author and his family decide to get away for two years on a Pacific Island, which is not the paradise they expected.


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Oct 26, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Living on a tropical atoll sounds like everyone's idea of paradise, right? This story may just shift your perspective. Written long after the author's two-year escape to Kiribati, an isolated island nation in the South Pacific, The Sex Lives of Cannibals is a hilarious look at where life can take you - should you be brave, or crazy enough to simply go along for the ride.

"When 26-year-old J. Maarten Troost's girlfriend accepted a temporary position in the tiny island nation of Kiribati, he decided to tag along, fully expecting to spend the next two years in a tropical paradise. Upon arrival, however, Troost quickly discovered the reality of life on the atoll: suffocating heat, polluted waters, exotic diseases, and a distinct lack of modern conveniences. As Troost entertainingly (some would say hilariously) recounts the difficulties of adjusting to life in Kiribati, he also reveals a growing appreciation for his new home and its people. Publishers Weekly calls The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Troost's first book, a "comic masterwork of travel writing". Readers who can't get enough Troost can pick up his Getting Stoned with Savages. Fans of TV's Globe Trekker should certainly check out Troost's work." June 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=642947

Jun 15, 2011
  • jdcummings rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book! Allows you to live vicariously through the author as he details a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to an isolated South Pacific island. Well written - both clever and funny. The worst part was that the book had to end!

Oct 07, 2010
  • Mobama68 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you have ever dreamed of pulling up stakes and moving to a remote island...you will love this book.

Nov 25, 2009
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brilliantly funny travel diary about an American who undergoes culture shock when he goes to live on a small pacific Island. Full of bizarre and hilarious vignettes, like landing a plane on a runway full of pigs and playing children, or swimming in the ocean the natives use as a bathroom.

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