The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
The laugh-out-loud true story of a harrowing and hilarious two-year odyssey in the distant South Pacific island nation of Kiribatiâ"possibly The Worst Place on Earth.
At the age of twenty-six, Maarten Troostâ"who had been pushing the snooze button on the alarm clock of life by racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobsâ"decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. He was restless and lacked direction, and the idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better.
The Sex Lives of Cannibals tells the hilarious story of what happens when Troost discovers that Tarawa is not the island paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles through relentless, stifling heat, a variety of deadly bacteria, polluted seas, toxic fishâ"all in a country where the only music to be heard for miles around is âLa Macarena.â He and his stalwart girlfriend Sylvia spend the next two years battling incompetent government officials, alarmingly large critters, erratic electricity, and a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis); and contending with a bizarre cast of local characters, including âHalf-Dead Fredâ and the self-proclaimed Poet Laureate of Tarawa (a British drunkard whoâs never written a poem in his life).
With The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Maarten Troost has delivered one of the most original, rip-roaringly funny travelogues in yearsâ"one that will leave you thankful for staples of American civilization such as coffee, regular showers, and tabloid news, and that will provide the ultimate vicarious adventure.
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