s0sn0wy, October 19, 2008 (view all comments by s0sn0wy)
So I've been to China, and being rather sarcastic myself I laughed regularly throughout this book. Most of Troost's observations are spot on, if you don't mind the exaggeration. Exaggeration being what it is, the core message of this story echoed the five weeks I spent in mainland China.
As far as literary analysis goes: Troost uses too many unnecessary adjectives, his thoughts wander, and he tries too hard to be funny. And the end was excruciatingly over dramatic.
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rastislaox, July 31, 2008 (view all comments by rastislaox)
A travel guide, exciting novell and so exotic.
A must read for ethnic and exotics lovers!
Have a nice pleasure of adventures through China and
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Lost on Planet China is a must-read. The book, like its subject matter, contains multitudes. It's a travel-history-political-business-humor book. Roll Bill Bryson, Daniel Boorstin, and Thomas Friedman together and you get an idea of the scope of Troost's talents.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In his latest, veteran traveler Troost (The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Getting Stoned with Savages) embarks on an extended tour of 'the new wild west,' China. Troost travels from the megalopolis of Beijing to small, remote trails in the hinterlands, the fabled Shangri-La and all points in between, allowing for a substantive look at an incredibly complex culture. He does an admirable job of summing up the country's rich history, venturing to Nanjing to learn about China's deep-seated animosity toward Japan; he also visits the Forbidden City, and the tomb of Mao Zedong, still very much revered despite his horrific record of human rights abuses. Gross disparity in wealth, omnipresent pollution and the teeming mass of humanity that greet Troost at every opportunity wear on him and the reader alike; the sense of claustrophobia only relents when he gets into more remote areas. Throughout, Troost is refreshingly upbeat, without a hint of ugly American elitism; he often steps aside to let the facts speak for themselves, and rarely devolves into complaints over the language barrier or other day-to-day frustrations. Those looking for tips on Hong Kong night life or other touristy secrets will be disappointed-few names are named-but readers interested in a warts-and-all look at this complicated, evolving country will find this a rich education." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Taking on the world's most populous and intriguing nation, Troost escorts readers on a rollicking journey through the new beating heart of the modern world, from the megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai to the Gobi desert and the hinterlands of Tibet.
by Random House,
Maarten Troost has charmed and entertained thousands of readers with his tales of wandering among the remote islands of the South Pacific. When the travel bug hit again, he decided to go big–time, taking on the world’s most populous and intriguing nation. In Lost on Planet China, Troost escorts readers on a rollicking journey through the new beating heart of the modern world, from the megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai to the Gobi desert and the hinterlands of Tibet.
With his trademark edge and self-deprecating wit, Troost deciphers restaurant menus (offering delicacies such as garlic cattle penis); visits with Chairman Mao (still dead, very orange); and hikes (with 80,000 other people) up Tai Shan, China’s most revered mountain. He learns to “fish for tigers” by dangling live chickens over Siberian tigers gathered in a pit below; studies Mandarin with a woman who may or may not be a “take-out girl;” and experiences the booming Chinese economy through its belching industrial towns—before North Korean border guards send him packing for home.
Lost on Planet China brings China to life as you've never seen it before, brilliantly confirming Troost’s status as the Bill Bryson of a new generation.
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