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.
"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)
I agree with other reviewers of this book. This book would be a wonderful read if the author didn't try so hard to be funny. The cultures he discusses are extremely interesting - I learned much. Still, it was a thorny rose. I suggest a second edition with more effort toward anthropolgy and sociology instead of sarcasm and unskillful humor.
I found this audible book really enjoyable and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
The author has a nice way of conveying his experiences to the readers in a way makes you feel as if you're there enjoying the experience right along with him.
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.
I am an artist who uses rich hues and handsome metalic in her abstract leather constructions. I love reading suspense and romance novels.
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.
I am currently listening to The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson,Narrated by Simon Vance.
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.
I would cut the author.
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.
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.
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