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Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid
Lost on Planet China The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid Author:J. Maarten Troost The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals returns with a sharply observed, hilarious account of his adventures in China, a complex, fascinating country with enough dangers and delicacies to keep him, and readers, endlessly entertained. — Maarten Troost has charmed legions of readers with his laugh-out-loud tales of wandering the remote... more » islands of the South Pacific. When the travel bug hit again, he decided to go big-time, taking on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. In Lost on Planet China, Troost escorts readers on a rollicking journey through the new beating heart of the modern world, from the megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai to the Gobi Desert and the hinterlands of Tibet.
Lost on Planet China finds Troost dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai; eating Yak in Tibet; deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as Cattle Penis with Garlic); visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead, very orange); and hiking (with 80,000 other people) up Tai Shan, China's most revered mountain. But in addition to his trademark gonzo adventures, the book also delivers a telling look at a vast and complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think. As Troost shows, while we may be familiar with Yao Ming or dim sum or the cheap, plastic products that line the shelves of every store, the real China remains a world, indeed, a planet--unto itself.
Maarten Troost brings China to life as you've never seen it before, and his insightful, rip-roaringly funny narrative proves that once again he is one of the most entertaining and insightful armchair travel companions around.« less
Ron U. (usseryron) reviewed Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid on + 10 more book reviews
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Very funny. But also enlightening about contemporary Chinese culture from a Western perspective. Warning: Potentially offensive language. I've toured China and find Troost's insights to be right on target for the most part.
Barbara P. (gotchagal) - , reviewed Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid on + 97 more book reviews
Even though we've been to China 20 times so far, this book still held surprises and more information about our "home away from home" than we expected. The author is knowledgeable, funny and interesting. This is a great book to get lost in and enjoy. If you haven't been to China yet, it will make you want to go. If you have been there before, it will make you yearn to return for another visit. Either way, the book is less expensive than the trip. Enjoy!