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The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

3 Ratings: 4.3
A book by J. Maarten Troost

At 26, Troost followed his wife to Kiribati, a tiny island nation in the South Pacific. Virtually ignored by the rest of humanity (its erstwhile colonial owners, the Brits, left in 1979), Kiribati is the kind of place where dolphins frolic in lagoons, … see full wiki

Author: J. Maarten Troost
Genre: Travel, Nonfiction
Publisher: Broadway
3 reviews about The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the...
review by . May 11, 2008
Funny story that really isn't about the sex lives of cannibals, although a bit of the sex lives of the Kiribati who live on Tarawa does play into this goofy first-hand account of a man and his, ahem, "wife" (girlfriend) who spent two years there. While the author is annoyingly and self-consciously cute and flippant as a post-graduate slacker in Washington, DC, he becomes more likable and funny as an out-of-place unemployed author, ahem, "slacker" in Tarawa, where it easy to laugh and feel sympathetic …
review by . August 30, 2007
Maarten Troost's The Sex Lives of Cannibals is many things: educational, poignant, unbelievable at times, and always hilarious. Troost tells his tale of moving to a very remote island in the Pacific when his girlfriend accepts an aid job on Kiribati; to say they didn't precisely know what they were getting into is a bit of an understatement. Maarten goes along, planning on writing the world's greatest novel and instead finding out how the twentieth century has dumped on this beautiful atoll, leaving …
review by . August 16, 2004
With the travel writer's classic self-deprecating, fish-out-of-water humor, Troost chronicles his two years on a remote Equatorial Pacific island with as much insight as hilarity. Drifting aimlessly at age 26, he jumps at the chance to join his girlfriend, Sylvia, on her aid-worker posting to Tarawa, in the island nation of Kiribati.    Of decidedly northern sensibilities, he packs jeans and a sweater along with his shorts and flip-flops and imagines an island paradise where …
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