The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

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The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost, Simon Vance

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, and worst of all, no television or coffee. And that's just the first day.

Sunburned, emaciated, and stinging with sea lice, Troost spends the next two years battling incompetent government officials, alarmingly large critters, erratic electricity, and a paucity of food options. He contends with a cast of bizarre 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), and eventually settles into the ebb and flow of island life, just before his return to the culture shock of civilization.

With the rollicking wit of Bill Bryson, the brilliant travel exposition of Paul Theroux, and a hipster edge that is entirely Troost's own, The Sex Lives of Cannibals is the ultimate vicarious adventure. Readers may never long to set foot on Tarawa, but they'll want to travel with Troost time andtime again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433201752
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2007
Edition description: Unabridged, 7 CDs, Approx. 8 1/2 Hrs
Pages: 7
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Simon Vance is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie® Award in 2006. Born in England, he worked for ten years as a radio news announcer for the BBC and as a narrator for the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

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The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Suvorov More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It is about a couple who live on a small island in the South Pacific and how they adjust to a radically different environment, one that the girlfriend's predecessor left before her contract was up because she had just had enough. There is history in the book and it is told in such a humorous fashion that I looked some of it up to make sure it was real and indeed it is. I found old articles about some of the events that Troost describes, including Kiribati's poet laureate. I only wish that Troost had written all my high school and college history textbooks and encourage him to look into that as soon as possible. My favorite thing about the book is that it makes you re-evaluate your thoughts on everyday things Americans are accustomed to- the numerous brands and types of butter, doggie spas, what is considered food, things you really can live without, burning butts, the planes I would fly in are probably safe in comparison, La Macarena and so much more. I cannot even begin to do this book justice in such a short blurb. I am glad someone in the library placed this book on a recommended reading display and that I had a little leisure time to browse on that particular day. I was obviously meant to read this book and if you have actually read this review, I am pretty sure you are too.
Shannon Makowski More than 1 year ago
Wow. Great book. The beginning was a little slow, I couldn't wait for them to get to the island. Troost's writing style is very entertaining & made me actually do a little research on the island itself. That may be my only suggestion on how to make this book more enjoyable is to include a small photo section. I enjoyed how Troost wrote about himself in a manner that revealed his own character as well as the character of the charming inhabitants of the islands he explored. I would read another book by Troost for sure!
Smokitopaz56 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book on a whim, largely because of it's title and back cover description, to pass the time on a plane flight. The story is very well laid out, and quite an enjoyable read. The author's tales of life in the tropics, far from the hotel-laden islands most of us think of escaping to, was so real, I could almost feel the sun on my neck as I read. I long to travel anyway, and this book just cemented the wanderlust that is already within me. I would love to do something like this in my own life. It is an easy, entertaining read, and you will feel as if you are his neighbor on the island! From the moment he realizes he has packed too much clothing, to the moment he realizes Kiribati is where he longs to be, Mr. Troost takes us with him every step of the way, even detailing the primitive conditions under which he has to write the story! I hope Mr. Troost knows how much he has inspired this reader to pursue doing something a little bit different with my life, to find that something different that will make my life just a little bit more exciting. As you will see below, I also read the sequel. Both very good books!
romarks More than 1 year ago
A hilarious look at life on a far flung island and a lot of the things we tend to take for granted in the "modern" world. A hard book to put down, usually because I was laughing too much.
Superior_Shores More than 1 year ago
The author leads you through the trails and tribulations living in a VERY remote part of the world. This I-Matang gets to know the people, customs, and history of his island. The only downside to the book is that it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not think that the story matched with the back cover blurb and was a little disapointed. However, the author has a great sense of humor and has amazing one-lines that kept me interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful travel memoir from a guy who shares more in common with Robinsn Crusoe than Cousteau. It was touching and informative. If you are a traveler or just like to read about them I'd highly recommend this book.
Tariq More than 1 year ago
Absorbing and funny. The writer's original style in telling of his time in a remote South Pacific island. Very useful in getting an idea about life in other places - there is more to the world than the continental 48.
Saxophrenic More than 1 year ago
In the tradition of famous Pacific island chroniclers Robert Louis Stephenson, Somerset Maugham, Jack London, Herman Melville, Paul Theroux, and Tony Horowitz, Maarten Troost updates the genre for the 21 st century. He proves that adventure, romance, danger, disgust, and boredom still abound in Oceania. With a keen eye for the novel and bizarre, his skeptical nature and well - developed sense of irony serves the reader well. He is a genuinely inquisitive and open observer who draws great stories out of the "natives" he encounters. Troost chronicles his year as a tropical "house husband" on the infamous isle of Tarawa in Kirabati. While his patient and tolerant spouse labors away in an NGO helping the inhabitants, Troost has free reign to observe and live the island life. This is an amusing - you'll often catch yourself laughing out loud for this one - and very entertaining read. This was on our list of preparatory reading for an upcoming Pacific island trip. Troost is never gloomy, moody, or axe grinding as some of the other authors in this canon. A great read. Highly recommended for fun.
suebNY More than 1 year ago
J. Maarten Troost is such a talented writer. He totally draws the reader into his battles with the elements, the natives, the wildlife, and even his girlfriend on this small island in the equatorial Pacific. Keep a dictionary nearby for the occasional obscure word. His style of writing and sense of humor are very intellectual and border on self-deprecating, which keeps one laughing at him and with him throughout his struggles to fit into life in this strange and undeveloped place. To top it all off, at one point in the book, the beer shipment sent to his island goes to a larger island far away, and he must do without for 5 weeks! He kept his sense of humor all throughout. He will keep you laughing from beginning to end.
Floyd_Farmer More than 1 year ago
All of the Troost books are quick and enjoyable reading. Troost gives brutally honest descriptions of life in the South Pacific in a Bryson style where you frequently chortle aloud. Never before has someone described a destination as such a place of questionable sanitation, limited food options and opportunity for disease and yet you find that you still want to go and see it. This book won't help you write a dissertation, but if your brain needs a break from academia and you want to whet your travel lust, this is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not be deterred or think you'll be reading pornography by the book's title. Troost is a very funny, knowledgeable, engaging writer. I learned a lot - though not necessarily about the sex lives of canibals! He entertains, educates and keeps you engrossed until the last page. I have read all three of his books and can't wait until he comes out with another.
cgwashington More than 1 year ago
Troost is a very funny writer when he got to it. This is a great book about a man going off to the middle of nowhere to get away from having to live a normal life. It is a funny story which will make you laugh at the same time as you are learning things about the world you will most likely never see.
Buffheart More than 1 year ago
I finished this book November 13th, 2008. I had been reading it on and off for a few weeks, and I am glad I finished it. It was very light reading and made me chuckle at some parts. I like how he used his humor to describe the conditions on Kiribati. I would recommend to everybody, especially people who like travel books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simple but good book to read. Provided a vivid view of how western culture has yet again damaged life on this plant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
entertaining, but started to get flat. Recycling the same descriptions of life on the island really dragged the story. I wouldn't read again.
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The only reason why I continued reading after the 2 chapter was because I paid $16.95. At best its mildly amusing but mostly filled with the non humorous complaints of the writer's culture shock and ethnocentric comparisons to his own American upbringing.
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