The Sex Lives of Cannibals

The Sex Lives of Cannibals

Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

eBook - 2004
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The laugh-out-loud true story of a harrowing and hilarious two-year odyssey in the distant South Pacific island nation of Kiribati--possibly The Worst Place on Earth.

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.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780767918954
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jul 17, 2018

This is a funny, irreverent, tale of the author and his wife's 2 year sojourn in one of the remotest places in the world. I don't understand the title as there is nothing in the book that has to do with cannibals or sex and it seems demeaning, but the book while pointing out the zaniness of the culture also does show a strong affection for the people of Kiribati.

SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

A laugh-out-loud chronicle of the two years American Troost and his wife spent living in the Pacific atoll nation of Kiribati (pronounced KEER-ee-boss). This warts-and-all tale of travel fiascoes, culture shock, and the endearing Kiribati people is a comic masterpiece. The follow-up "Getting Stoned with Savages" (2006) relates their time living in Vanuatu and Fiji.

PoMoLibrary Jun 13, 2015

From Kate, our 2015 Summer Reading Club member:
Follow comedic wordsmith and procrasinator J. Maarten Troost as he travels to the far flung island of Kiribati in the South Pacific. The culture of Kiribati is so different to ours; the robust and happy islanders have an attitude we could benefit from. Hilarious anecdotal tales had me in stitches. AWESOME read!

May 19, 2015

Laugh out loud... good, clean, interesting, informative, eye-opening places few have heard of since WW II. You'll be planning a trip to the South Pacific to see all the colors of Blue..

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

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.

ChristchurchLib Jun 10, 2013

"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

Jun 15, 2011

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

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

Nov 25, 2009

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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