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.
Alas !! Despite the title, you don't get to know a great deal about the sex lives of cannibals ..... :-)
However, to my most pleasant surprise, it is a wonderful book! It is much more about the lives of dwellers on small atolls lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from anywhere. Not a place I would be in a hurry to go to (an atoll), not even for a short holiday ... The book is full of humour and very educational at the same time. The author tells us in detail what it was like to live on the small island of Tarawa (in the Republic of Kiribati) - where he lived for two years - Amongst a miriad of fascinating experiences, he also witnessed the tragic consequences suffered by many of these atolls because of the ongoing nuclear tests carried out by the world's super powers. The USA alone has been conducting tests in the Pacific since the 1950s ... and China has more recently also set foot in this part of the world reaping untold destruction and pollution. What a tragedy ... and what hypocricy lies underneath all the claims for a cleaner, healthier, greener planet....Continua
I enjoyed this book, the style of the author and the story are fun and exciting, his adventures are worthy of other famous humoristic authors.
Great book, will read it again some day.