Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu

by J. Maarten Troost | Travel |
ISBN: 0767921992 Global Overview for this book
Registered by frutz of Mersch / Miersch, Kanton Mersch Luxembourg on 4/19/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by frutz from Mersch / Miersch, Kanton Mersch Luxembourg on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
From Publishers Weekly
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.

This was quite fun to read, Troost tells his stay in Vanuatu and, at the end of the book when his wife is having their baby, in Fiji. I haven't read his first book about their years in Kiribati and this one makes a lot of references to their first experiences with island life in Kiribati so ideally that one should be read first. It's a fun tale but you very much keep the American world view is mind, even if the author tends to reconsider a lot of cliches.

Journal Entry 2 by frutz at Mersch / Miersch, Kanton Mersch Luxembourg on Thursday, October 06, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (10/6/2011 UTC) at Mersch / Miersch, Kanton Mersch Luxembourg

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Happy reading!
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Journal Entry 3 by raluk68 at București, Wallachia Romania on Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Got it! :)

Good twist&turn!! :D It was a nice surprise to get this one
since the author was on my wishlist!
It's always about the author, not the book :)

Thank you very much frutz!

Journal Entry 4 by raluk68 at București, Wallachia Romania on Wednesday, November 02, 2011
A traveling guide I enjoyed!
The guy has a good sense of humor - so that makes it even better :)
I was fascinated about the trips they took in the islands on Vanuatu! It gives you an insight on their society, the way they think& live.
I'm guessing the sexual tourism could not be missing from the picture ... Well it's old news, so, as far as I'm concerned it could have been missing :P

All in all, not a bad one!
Thank you very much for the opportunity frutz! :)

Journal Entry 5 by raluk68 at București, Wallachia Romania on Monday, November 14, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (11/14/2011 UTC) at București, Wallachia Romania

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Travelling to Sweden as a part of "Stick or Twist" game.

Victoria choose to stick with it and it was a good choice! :)
Enjoy it! ;)




Journal Entry 6 by VictoriaWagtail at Bagarmossen, Stockholm Sweden on Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Thank you Raluk68 for sending me this book and for your letter, lovely as ever :) I look forward to reading!

Journal Entry 7 by VictoriaWagtail at il Caffé in Stockholm, Uppland Sweden on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (6/17/2014 UTC) at il Caffé in Stockholm, Uppland Sweden

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It's time for this book to continue to travel. I wish it many readers and a happy journey. I'm bringing it to the Bookcrossing-meetup tonight where we will fix Stockholm's new Bookcrossing-zone, at Il Café at Drottninggatan :)

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Journal Entry 8 by Gealach at Nacka, Södermanland Sweden on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
I picked this up at Il Caffè, to be used for a mass release in the Old Town later this summer!

Released together with nine other books somewhere in The old town

Journal Entry 10 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Gamla Stan, Stockholm Sweden on Sunday, July 27, 2014
I found it in Stockholm, but I haven't had time to read it yet! Very excited to do so though. Once I have, I'll leave it for someone else to enjoy! Thank you!

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