The Sex Lives of Cannibals

The Sex Lives of Cannibals

Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

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At age twenty-six, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better. This book tells the hilarious story of what happens when he discovers that the island is not the paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles with stifling heat, deadly bacteria, and polluted seas in a country where the only music to be heard is "La Macarena." He and his girlfriend, Sylvia, contend with incompetent officials, alarmingly large critters, a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis), and bizarre local characters, including "Half-Dead Fred" and the so-called Poet Laureate of Tarawa, a British drunkard who's never written a poem in his life.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2007.
ISBN: 9781433283475
1433283476
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon
Summary: At age twenty-six, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better. This book tells the hilarious story of what happens when he discovers that the island is not the paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles with stifling heat, deadly bacteria, and polluted seas in a country where the only music to be heard is "La Macarena." He and his girlfriend, Sylvia, contend with incompetent officials, alarmingly large critters, a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis), and bizarre local characters, including "Half-Dead Fred" and the so-called Poet Laureate of Tarawa, a British drunkard who's never written a poem in his life.

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Oct 27, 2011

This is one of my all-time favourite travel books. The fact that Maartin lives on this remote island chain of Kirbiti, as opposed to only travel through, makes all the difference. He tells the story with an honest eye, describing the good parts (beautiful scenery) and the bad parts (pooping in the lagoon) of living on a coral atoll in the vast Pacific.

A fun book to read (also a fast read).

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