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The Resource The sex lives of cannibals : adrift in the Equatorial Pacific, J. Maarten Troost

The sex lives of cannibals : adrift in the Equatorial Pacific, J. Maarten Troost

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The sex lives of cannibals : adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
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The sex lives of cannibals
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adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
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J. Maarten Troost
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  • /* Starred Review */ 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, days end with glorious sunsets and airplanes might have to circle overhead because pigs occupy the island's sole runway. Troost's wife was working for an international nonprofit; the author himself planned to hang out and maybe write a literary masterpiece. But Kiribati wasn't quite paradise. It was polluted, overpopulated and scorchingly sunny (Troost could almost feel his freckles mutating into something "interesting and tumorous"). The villages overflowed with scavengers and recently introduced, nonbiodegradable trash. And the Kiribati people seemed excessively hedonistic. Yet after two years, Troost and his wife felt so comfortable, they were reluctant to return home. Troost is a sharp, funny writer, richly evoking the strange, day-by-day wonder that became his life in the islands. One night, he's doing his best funky chicken with dancing Kiribati; the next morning, he's on the high seas contemplating a toilet extending off the boat's stern (when the ocean was rough, he learns, it was like using a bidet). Troost's chronicle of his sojourn in a forgotten world is a comic masterwork of travel writing and a revealing look at a culture clash. (June 8) --Staff (Reviewed May 24, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 21, p58)
  • /* Starred Review */ Newcomer Troost nests on a tiny island in the vast Pacific, finding it strange and unappealing, though not utterly without its pleasures.The beer, for instance: one of the few ingestibles the island of Tarawa possesses that is neither odious nor toxic. A part of the Republic of Kiribati (known to the British colonial community as the Gilberts), Tarawa is a sliver of coral that pretty much defines the idea of remoteness. This spot at the end of the world was the center of Troost's world for two years after he followed his girlfriend to her posting on the island. No, he wasn't emulating Thoreau or Gauguin, just taking the kind of whimsical step a recent, reticent graduate student would consider when "flummoxed by what career to pursue." Well, Troost has found his calling in broadly humorous travel writing. He's a natural: he likes tumbling into the ditches of digression; he can evoke a place (Prague, in a digression from the Tarawa saga) with an ardor that will have you wanting to jump on the first plane; he's read his history (there is a sharp background chapter on the rancorous influence of missionaries, traders, and chiefly wars fueled by drink); he's no chump when it comes to the ironies and iniquities of politics; he can write an entire engaging chapter on the day the beer ran out in Tarawa; and he is capable of saying things like, "I was under the impression that only occurred in places like tribal Pakistan," or, "there have been occasions when toilet bowls have spoken to me. Don't do shots, they said." He can also laugh at himself, almost as often as the islanders do. Okay, so Tarawa is less paradise than purgatory, but hang in there—Troost will lead you to paradise, too.Lives up to the billing as "a travel, adventure, humor, memoir kind of book"—and a really good one, at that. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2004)
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Troost, J. Maarten
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  • Ethnology
  • Tarawa Atoll (Kiribati)
  • Tarawa Atoll (Kiribati)
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adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
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The sex lives of cannibals : adrift in the Equatorial Pacific, J. Maarten Troost
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [273])
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21 cm.
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xiii, 272, [1] p.
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9780767915304
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(alk. paper)
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2004040768
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  • (Sirsi) o54103720
  • (OCoLC)54103720
Label
The sex lives of cannibals : adrift in the Equatorial Pacific, J. Maarten Troost
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [273])
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xiii, 272, [1] p.
Isbn
9780767915304
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004040768
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o54103720
  • (OCoLC)54103720

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