Getting Stoned with Savages : A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji
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Using a format similar to that of his previous work, The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Troost creates another comical and touching travel memoir. Troost and his wife, Sylvia, move from busy Washington, D.C., to Vanuatu, a nation made up of 83 islands in the South Pacific. As Sylvia works for a regional nonprofit, Troost immerses himself in the islands' culture, an odd mix of the islanders' thousand-year-old "kastoms" along with imperialist British and French influences. This really means that Troost gets to live in a nice house while he gets drunk on kava; dodges "a long inferno of magma and a cascade of lava bombs" at the "world's most accessible volcano"; and checks out the "calcified" leftovers from one of Vanuatu's not-so-ancient traditions, cannibalism. At the end of the book, the couple move to Fiji so that Sylvia will have state-of-the-art medical care when she gives birth to their first baby. While modern-day Fiji provides little fodder for Troost's comic sensibilities, the birth of his son enables him to share some deeper thoughts and decide it is "time to stop looking for paradise." A funny travelogue with a sentimental heart, Troost's latest work genuinely captures the search for paradise as well as the need for home.
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Last updated, 09/25/06
Looks like a great read, I excepted the first book, Sex Lives of Cannibals, nearly a year ago off bookrelay but haven't received it yet. I might have to search out another copy if this is a fun book!
will pm caridad now.
(I just sent her a bookring last week, gosh if I could get organized I could save myself a dollar or two!!) ;)
Cougmax - long time, no see - LOL. Maybe I will move to Washington to make BXing easier for both of us.
BTW sistert, I was a candy striper in the hospital you were born in about 30 years ago. Small world.
Caridad, that's too funny! As I'm now 36, we missed each other by about 6 years! LOL
The failing of this book is like so many in this genre, they go on too long without much else to say. Yes we know that kava kava makes all the bad stuff go away and yes we know that coming anywhere near Fiji once upon a time probably got you tossed into a cookpot (and in some areas still will). But isn't there anything else you did? All ventures onto other topics sooner or later come sliding back to these two topics. I plodded through the last couple of chapters just so I could see what the final outcome was. Not much apparently.
Contacting beekeeper40 now.
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Mailed to valerief.
I have a few books ahead of this, but it will go back to gaysocialworker eventually. Perhaps I will read it on an upcoming vacation.
UPDATE 9/28/2007: An out-of-town work trip also got in the way of finishing and sending this back. It's going back home to gaysocialworker in my next post office run.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, as I'm uber-obsessed with travel, the more exotic the better. I found him a more narcotic-addled, less scaredy-cat version of Bill Bryson. Looking forward to scoping out The Sex Lives of Cannibals and his other writings in periodicals.