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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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.
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 loved Sex Lives of Cannibals, and very much liked Getting Stoned with Savages but this book really lacked something. I am tempted to use the word "boring". The narrator sounded as he was ready to slip into a stupor at times.
Yes. Vance and Troost are and incredible match.
The one writing it of course
Top notch as usual. One of the best readers in the world.
Some people complain about Troost getting personal about his struggles past and present while on this travel journey and, I would think, have a sadistic side in enjoying the humor in his past explorations of places along with copious amounts of intoxicants. Therefore, you'll see some negative reviews on this one as it strays just a tad from his normal outings. However, nothing is lost to me in this recount. His historical perceptive and information stays true and loose as usual which makes it all more accessible versus being like textbook material. I can't get enough from Troost and am so upset that his journey through India book got canned. This book loses some entertainment value versus is other ones as it's a bit more serious than the others but, to me, it makes it only a tad less enjoyable than all his others. The bar has always been set high with Troost, though. It remains so here but the tone is only slightly different. I still laughed, learned, and thoroughly enjoyed and you will too.
His experiences mirror so many of my experiences around the world that sometimes I feel like I am reading my own story. As for those that don't like the fact that he poured his heart out about his battle with alcoholism,they have obviously never suffered from the disease. People just want to read about the romantic dream of escapism and not the pitfalls along the journey. Unfortunately, traveling always has its ups and downs and his writings about his battles and victories are mixed in well together.
Gotta love a book that makes you think, feel, laugh and cry. At the end of this one, I wanted to smile and weep uncontrollably at the same time, not really something you should do while driving, but I liked the feeling. Troost, well, I don't know what to say about him, I guess he surprised me with this one, maybe reminding me of myself at points. It's an honest appraisal of himself and his life, and that tale is neatly woven into the life & times of Robert Louis Stevenson. In the end I guess my review comes down to two words: Well done.
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.
Typical liberal writer never his fault alcoholism is a choice not a disease you moron, typical global warming Kool-Aid drinker. I can only get through the fourth chapter, just a book on the writers drinking and how it's not his fault he was born with it, how funny!!!!
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