Good, but I don't really think it was as good as the first. Though still very laugh out loud funny, Troost seemed to have been trying to hard to achieve what appeared to be more easily gained in his first book.
After finding himself in a boring 9-5 type of job, Maarten and Sylvia can't wait to get back to the life that they had had on Tarawa. This time it's the more settled Vanuatu and Fiji. Though still a bit rustic, with Kava, anything is doable, and so Maarten and Sylivia set out for this adventure.
This lifestyle doesn't seem as challenging as Tarawa, but still they do find themselves in a quagmire to two, but they are veterans at this paradise thing so what are a few cannibal, bugs and mother nature. Besides, when you have the local chiefs living next door. Life's a piece of cake.
the sequel to The Sex Lives of Cannibals, and it did not disappoint. life on fiji and vanuatu is not quite as desolate as life in kiribas, but troost's story is just as entertaining, hilarious, and outlandish. i laughed more at this book than anything i've read in quite awhile. definitely recommended.
I really enjoyed this book! I was laughing outloud and rolling my eyes. I am ready to pack my bags and experience his journey. He has such a good flow of words and humour that it made it very hard to put this book down.
Funny stuff! While I really enjoy reading Troost's adventures abroad, I don't think I'd enjoy actually traveling with him. How is it he finds himself in so many crazy situations? His wife must be very patient and/or have a fabulous sense of humor! ;) It seems that they are living in California now. I do hope their lives make a turn for another third world island adventure!
One of the great things about reading J. Maarten Troost's travel stories is that you get all the fun and adventure of going somewhere impossibly uncomfortable and wildly exotic without having to leave home. I lived in Europe and also raised children for years in a different culture and thought I had hard adjustments, since I had also come from Washington, DC. At least I didn't have to rid my system of a slew of intestinal parasites when I got back, and I didn't have to kick a wicked kava habit. He just takes you along with him, and what a ride! Highly recommended top-drawer escape lit!!
I identify with Troost's wanderlust, although his choice of location is much more adventurous than mine. It's hilarious to read about his adventures with primitive living conditions, natural disasters, and revolutions, but I don't think I'd be laughing so much living through some of them.
"Getting Stoned with Savages" is the story of the adventures he was living while writing "The Sex Lives of Cannibals" about his previous adventures. The titles of his books and the chapter titles alone make this worth reading. For example, "Chapter 5, in which the author ponders cannibalism and discovers that he just doesn't get it--not at all, cannot get past the icky factor--and so, left to his own devices by his beguiling wife, he decides to seek enlightenment on the island of Malekula, where until recently, within his own lifetime even, they lunched on people." The chapters themselves are even better.