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The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific | [J. Maarten Troost]

The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.
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At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

This is the hilarious story of what happens when he discovers that the island is not the paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles with stifling heat, deadly bacteria, polluted seas, and toxic fish, in a country where the only music to be heard is "La Macarena". He and his stalwart girlfriend, Sylvia, contend with alarmingly large critters, a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis), and such bizarre local characters as "Half-Dead Fred" and the Poet Laureate of Tarawa, a British drunkard who's never written a poem in his life.

©2004 J. Maarten Troost; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A comic masterwork of travel writing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Troost has a command of place and narrative that puts his debut in company with some of today's best travel writers." (Elle)
"A delightful, self-depreciating, extremely sly account of life in a place so wretched it gives new, terrible meaning to getting away from it all." (National Geographic Adventure)

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    Elise Hartwood, VA, USA 04-23-08
    Elise Hartwood, VA, USA 04-23-08 Member Since 2008
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    "zzzzzzzzzzzz. . ."

    Perhaps I missed the hilarity during the many times I dozed off while listening to this book. Simon Vance's pompous drone did nothing to help me remain conscious while waiting for the knee slapping, eye tearing intelligent humor that was referenced by some of the other readers. This book started out slow and stayed that way.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Chicago, Illinois, United States 06-19-12
    Patricia Chicago, Illinois, United States 06-19-12

    I am an artist who uses rich hues and handsome metalic in her abstract leather constructions. I love reading suspense and romance novels.

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    What disappointed you about The Sex Lives of Cannibals?

    While I listened, it felt as though I was actually on the trip with the writer and his girlfriend. I traveled alongside the main characters. Every place we went we meet unexpected occurances, unusual habitats, and unfamiliar mores. I expected to laugh or to cry as we ended up in those different places, but there was no reason to. I continued to listen, waiting for the turning point to come; wanting to learn of the Sex Lives of Cannibals, but there were none.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am currently listening to The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson,Narrated by Simon Vance.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Simon Vance read the entire story. Simon performed all of the characters--and did quite well. I especially liked to hear him perform the role of Ms. Salender. Although he did not have the voice of a woman he sounded enough like one by softening his voice just enough.


    What character would you cut from The Sex Lives of Cannibals?

    I would cut the author.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was no more about cannibals than it was about their sex lives. The author thought that by tweeking the title of this story that he could sell this book. Troost may have been right but this is has been the first and last book I'd read (listen to) authored by him.

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    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 01-06-09
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    "Disgustingly silly...."

    Expecting laughs,instead I found this book devoid of a real plot.The main character in my opinion,is a loser who just wants to lead a hedonistic life without having to work.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
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