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The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
by J. Maarten Troost | Travel
Registered by wingaetmwing of Austin, Texas USA on Saturday, March 17, 2012
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by CandyDarling): to be read


4 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingaetmwing from Austin, Texas USA on Saturday, March 17, 2012

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Couldn't resist a book with a title like this!
A quick blurb from Goodreads:

"At the age of twenty-six, Maarten Troost—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 jobs—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 fish—all in a country where the only music to be heard for miles around is “La Macarena.” 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 “Half-Dead Fred” and the self-proclaimed Poet Laureate of Tarawa (a British drunkard who’s 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 years—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." 


Journal Entry 2 by wingaetmwing at Austin, Texas USA on Sunday, March 25, 2012

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Released 2 yrs ago (3/24/2012 UTC) at Austin, Texas USA

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How could I have ever resisted a book with this title? I couldn't... and it's probably the reason I've seen it end in a few friend's wishlist since ;)
I sent the book to a Goodreads friend, Art, in Brunswick MD since he had it on his wishlist. I hope you'll like the book. I think this one would also be nice to leave to some of the European reader friends once I and my hubby visit Europe in May, so if you can comfortably finish it before then that'd be cool. :)

Safe journey little book - I hope you'll make many new friends on your travels!

"Don't ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Use your library). Don't apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend's copy. What's important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read... "
— Neil Gaiman
 


Journal Entry 3 by ArtReid at Brunswick, Maryland USA on Sunday, April 08, 2012

9 out of 10

Hey the anyone who decided to move to Tarawa has got to have a sense of humor.The writer clicked with me. Travel books either come across to me either as written from a smug superior point of view or the writer rolls with it and has fun, this is one of those books. I sat laughing reading this more than once. 


Journal Entry 4 by wingaetmwing at Austin, Texas USA on Sunday, April 15, 2012

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Glad you liked this one as much as I did Art :)
The book is back safely in Austin, next going with me to Europe to find some more readers... 


Journal Entry 5 by wingaetmwing at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala Finland on Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Released 2 yrs ago (5/17/2012 UTC) at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala Finland

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

To Niora - this book is just hilarious :) someone else mentioned interest for it in the fin forum, so after its done it's reads and journeys in this part of the country, please check if they still want to read it? Happy armchair travel

Safe journey little book - I hope you'll make many new friends on your travels!

"Don't ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Use your library). Don't apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend's copy. What's important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read... "
— Neil Gaiman

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Journal Entry 6 by wingNiorawing at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala Finland on Friday, May 18, 2012

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Snatched up from a meet-up with aetm here in Joensuu, Finland yesterday (thanks, it was nice!). Looks like fun :-) It may take me a bit of time to read it, but after I have I'll do my best to check if other Finns still want it. 


Journal Entry 7 by wingNiorawing at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala Finland on Thursday, July 12, 2012

8 out of 10

Fun and educational reading. I guess I hadn't given much thought to modern life on those small and isolated Pacific islands, and the realities of it (well, in the 1990s) largely came as a surprise, the waste disposal problems included (I guess vigorous recycling and burning waste for energy would work, but apparently there are big problems enforcing both those things). Regarding news and information/awareness about the rest of the world, I wonder how much the Internet may have changed things since.

Thanks again for the book, aetm! I'll now try and pass this book on to the other Finn who expressed interest back in April.

Update (September 16): the BCer in question didn't seem that interested any more, so instead I took this book with me to Helsinki last week and put in on the table at the local BCers' monthly meet-up. 


Journal Entry 8 by CandyDarling at Helsinki, Uusimaa Finland on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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Couldn't resist taking this book with me, thank you! 




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