Entertainment Weekly calls acclaimed author and essayist J. Maarten Troost a "funny, candid, and down-to-earth travel companion". Both witty and poignant, Headhunters on My Doorstep follows Troost as he retraces Robert Louis Stevenson’s path through the South Pacific. Somewhere between AA meetings in Tahiti and discovering how the Island of Merrymaking got its name, Troost reconnects with himself, his family, and the beauty of life.
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Yes, I already have. No one writes about the South Pacific in such an authentic way like J. Maarten Troost.
I really enjoyed his time on Fakarava and swimming with the Sharks, but there were many memorable moments, I thought his discription of the Marqueses Islands was great!
Swimming with the Sharks on Fakarava
I loved the ending!
I've read all of Mr. Troost's books and was excited when I heard a new book about the South Pacific was coming out. I've read other reviews and some complain about the fact that the books contains elements of he personal life, including dealing with alcohol issues. I think this only adds to the depth of this book and makes it even more interesting. Most travel writers either just describe what they see and/or try to be funny and it seems shallow. This book goes deeper and therefor is more enjoyable. It's still funny but is more human and real than most adventure travel books.
I highly recommend this book to any one who loves the South Pacific and has compassion for the human experience.
I have loved the previous South Pacific books but just hated this. The whiney introspection did nothing for me. Please Mr Troost, entertain me. This is not the venue for your problems. I am glad that you have battled the demon drink (& your publishers) successfully, however I do not wish to read a book about it!! Mr Vance did a sterling job with a horrible book. No fault there.
If you enjoyed the Sex Lives of Cannibals then you will enjoy this book as well - although that one was much better than this one. The title is a little off - didn't seem to correlate to the overall story. The writer does a great job in portraying his true colours when confronting his addiction to alcohol but this wasn't anything I saw coming when reading the synopsis. His wit in dealing with this addiction is bittersweet.
He does a fine job of portraying some of the interesting geography of the Marquesas, Fukarawa,Tahiti, Fiji and back to his first experience with the far South Pacific, Kirabati. He even ties in some interesting points on writer Robert Louis Stevenson (things I had no idea about) and finally ending up in Samoa at Stevenson's grave. I've always thought that Tahiti would be on my list of places to travel to some day, along with Fuji but now, I have a new fascination with the Marquesas too now.
I've not read Getting Stoned with Savages but if it's anything like Sex Lives, it's on my readying list now.
This is one of the better audiobooks I have listened to. I learned a lot about alcoholism (which may have been the point of his book along with a contractual requirement from the publisher) as well as the travels and stories of RLS. I liked the English accent of the reader.
I really have no idea why they would have chosen someone with an English accent for this audiobook where an American guy is telling a personal account of his life/travels... Just seemed really odd for an American guy's story to be told by a guy with a British accent... some of the jokes were so very American that they just sounded odd with the accent. I felt like the narrator did a good job, but just wasn't the person I would have picked to be J. Maarten Troost...
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