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Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid

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Publisher Comments:

The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals returns with a sharply observed, hilarious account of his adventures in China—a complex, fascinating country with enough dangers and delicacies to keep him, and readers, endlessly entertained.

Maarten Troost has charmed legions of readers with his laugh-out-loud tales of wandering 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.

Lost on Planet China finds Troost dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai; eating Yak in Tibet; deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as Cattle Penis with Garlic); visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead, very orange); and hiking (with 80,000 other people) up Tai Shan, China’s most revered mountain. But in addition to his trademark gonzo adventures, the book also delivers a telling look at a vast and complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think. As Troost shows, while we may be familiar with Yao Ming or dim sum or the cheap, plastic products that line the shelves of every store, the real China remains a world—indeed, a planet--unto itself.

Maarten Troost brings China to life as you’ve never seen it before, and his insightful, rip-roaringly funny narrative proves that once again he is one of the most entertaining and insightful armchair travel companions around.

Synopsis:

The best-selling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals presents a witty, insightful chronicle of his adventures in China, recounting his rollicking odyssey from the urban megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai, to the desolate wastes of the Gobi desert and the distant mountains of Tibet as he describes the cultural wonders, unusual delicacies, and strange perils he encountered along the way. 60,000 first printing.

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Praise for

GETTING STONED WITH SAVAGES

One of Troost's greatest successes is that he's not reporting, exactly, not writing as a journalist would, but simply living his life in a faraway place and writing about it.

--New York Times

Troost manages to relate his misadventures in an irreverently funny style . . . this makes for a good beach read on your own vacation.

--Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Praise for The Sex Lives of Cannibals

A comic masterwork of travel writing --Publishers Weekly

Troost has a command of place and narrative that puts him in the company of some of today's best travel writers. --Elle

About the Author

J. MAARTEN TROOST is the author of Getting Stoned with Savages and The Sex Lives of Cannibals. His 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 and Vanuatu, he recently relocated to the U.S. and now lives with his wife and two sons in California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767930017
Subtitle:
The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Troost, J. Maarten
Subject:
Travel : Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
China
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
China Description and travel.
Subject:
Travel Writing-Asia
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080708
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
382

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Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Travel » Asia » China
Travel » Travel Writing » General

Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid
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Product details 382 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780767930017 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The best-selling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals presents a witty, insightful chronicle of his adventures in China, recounting his rollicking odyssey from the urban megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai, to the desolate wastes of the Gobi desert and the distant mountains of Tibet as he describes the cultural wonders, unusual delicacies, and strange perils he encountered along the way. 60,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Praise for

GETTING STONED WITH SAVAGES

One of Troost's greatest successes is that he's not reporting, exactly, not writing as a journalist would, but simply living his life in a faraway place and writing about it.

--New York Times

Troost manages to relate his misadventures in an irreverently funny style . . . this makes for a good beach read on your own vacation.

--Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Praise for The Sex Lives of Cannibals

A comic masterwork of travel writing --Publishers Weekly

Troost has a command of place and narrative that puts him in the company of some of today's best travel writers. --Elle

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