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The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

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ISBN13: 9780767918954
ISBN10: 0767918959
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At the age of twenty-six, Maarten Troost—who had been pushing the snooze button on the alarm clock of life by racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobs—decided to pack up his flip-flops and 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. He should have known better.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals 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—all in a country where the only music to be heard for miles around is “La Macarena.” He and his stalwart girlfriend Sylvia spend the next two years battling incompetent government officials, alarmingly large critters, erratic electricity, and a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis); and contending with a bizarre cast of local characters, including “Half-Dead Fred” and the self-proclaimed Poet Laureate of Tarawa (a British drunkard who’s never written a poem in his life).

With The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Maarten Troost has delivered one of the most original, rip-roaringly funny travelogues in years—one that will leave you thankful for staples of American civilization such as coffee, regular showers, and tabloid news, and that will provide the ultimate vicarious adventure.

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The author discusses his two-year stay on a remote South Pacific island, a place where he anticipated a romantic paradise but instead experienced humorous misadventures and a host of environmental challenges.

About the Author

J. MAARTEN TROOST’s essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, and the Prague Post. He spent two years in Kiribati in the Equatorial Pacific and upon his return was hired as a consultant by the World Bank. After several years in Fiji, he recently relocated to the U.S. and now lives with his wife and son in California.

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ROXHUN, March 19, 2009 (view all comments by ROXHUN)
Troost paints a very detailed picture of life on an island, with some shocking myth breakers.

He tells of the islands polluted beaches: Turds floating around and diapers not disposed properly.

He complains about the constant music: Macarena is tiring when you have no control of it.

He makes even some danger humorous and shows how our food preferences differ with island dwellers: They think lobsters are bottom dwellers and are not fit to eat.

He is the best when it come to his subject and makes the reading as fun as his title.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767918954
Subtitle:
Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Troost, J. Maarten
Author:
J. Maarten Troost
Subject:
Australia & Oceania - General
Subject:
Travel-Australia & Oceania - General
Subject:
Travel : Australia & Oceania - General
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Tarawa Atoll
Subject:
Australia/Oceania - South Pacific
Subject:
Australia & Oceania
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Subject:
Audio Books-Nonfiction
Subject:
Audio Books-Travel Writing
Subject:
Audio Books-World Affairs
Subject:
Travel-Australia
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Travel Writing-Oceania
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040608
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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Travel » Australia
Travel » General
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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"Synopsis" by , The author discusses his two-year stay on a remote South Pacific island, a place where he anticipated a romantic paradise but instead experienced humorous misadventures and a host of environmental challenges.
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