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The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific (original 2004; edition 2004)

by J. Maarten Troost

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Title:The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
Authors:J. Maarten Troost
Info:Broadway (2004), Paperback, 288 pages
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The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost (2004)

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Funny debut novel for Troost. He talks about the simple life that exists in the South Pacific on a small island most people have never heard of. Great beach read. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
This book is slotted as a travel book, but for the most part, it's really just the story of the authors time on the tropical island of Kibari. The book starts of slow, with the author explaining who he was before he went to Kibari. He doesn't present himself in the most flattering light and I was kind of worried that the book would be boring cause he sounded like a self important jerk, but fortunately he isn't as bad as he makes himself out to be. While the book is extremely interesting, it is a little bit scary to find out what life is like on Kibari. Disease, malnutrition, and crappy buearocracy run rapant and it is a wonder to see how these happy people survive. The Kibari people seem interesting I don't really get what the title has to do with the work, there really isn't much mention of sex or cannibals, but it was still a fun and interesting read. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This book is slotted as a travel book, but for the most part, it's really just the story of the authors time on the tropical island of Kibari. The book starts of slow, with the author explaining who he was before he went to Kibari. He doesn't present himself in the most flattering light and I was kind of worried that the book would be boring cause he sounded like a self important jerk, but fortunately he isn't as bad as he makes himself out to be. While the book is extremely interesting, it is a little bit scary to find out what life is like on Kibari. Disease, malnutrition, and crappy buearocracy run rapant and it is a wonder to see how these happy people survive. The Kibari people seem interesting I don't really get what the title has to do with the work, there really isn't much mention of sex or cannibals, but it was still a fun and interesting read. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This book is slotted as a travel book, but for the most part, it's really just the story of the authors time on the tropical island of Kibari. The book starts of slow, with the author explaining who he was before he went to Kibari. He doesn't present himself in the most flattering light and I was kind of worried that the book would be boring cause he sounded like a self important jerk, but fortunately he isn't as bad as he makes himself out to be. While the book is extremely interesting, it is a little bit scary to find out what life is like on Kibari. Disease, malnutrition, and crappy buearocracy run rapant and it is a wonder to see how these happy people survive. The Kibari people seem interesting I don't really get what the title has to do with the work, there really isn't much mention of sex or cannibals, but it was still a fun and interesting read. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This book is slotted as a travel book, but for the most part, it's really just the story of the authors time on the tropical island of Kibari. The book starts of slow, with the author explaining who he was before he went to Kibari. He doesn't present himself in the most flattering light and I was kind of worried that the book would be boring cause he sounded like a self important jerk, but fortunately he isn't as bad as he makes himself out to be. While the book is extremely interesting, it is a little bit scary to find out what life is like on Kibari. Disease, malnutrition, and crappy buearocracy run rapant and it is a wonder to see how these happy people survive. The Kibari people seem interesting I don't really get what the title has to do with the work, there really isn't much mention of sex or cannibals, but it was still a fun and interesting read. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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One day, I moved with my girlfriend Sylvia to an attoll in the Equatorial Pacific.
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Still, I tried to teach the dogs to growl menacingly at anyone in pants. Only Mormon missionaries wore pants in Tarawa.
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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.

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