Getting Stoned With Savages

Getting Stoned With Savages

A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu

Book - 2006
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With The Sex Lives of Cannibals , Maarten Troost established himself as one of the most engaging and original travel writers around. Getting Stoned with Savages again reveals his wry wit and infectious joy of discovery in a side-splittingly funny account of life in the farthest reaches of the world. After two grueling years on the island of Tarawa, battling feral dogs, machete-wielding neighbors, and a lack of beer on a daily basis, Maarten Troost was in no hurry to return to the South Pacific. But as time went on, he realized he felt remarkably out of place among the trappings of twenty-first-century America. When he found himself holding down a job--one that might possibly lead to a career--he knew it was time for him and his wife, Sylvia, to repack their bags and set off for parts unknown.

Getting Stoned with Savages tells the hilarious story of Troost's time on Vanuatu--a rugged cluster of islands where the natives gorge themselves on kava and are still known to "eat the man." Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles against typhoons, earthquakes, and giant centipedes and soon finds himself swept up in the laid-back, clothing-optional lifestyle of the islanders. When Sylvia gets pregnant, they decamp for slightly-more-civilized Fiji, a fallen paradise where the local chiefs can be found watching rugby in the house next door. And as they contend with new parenthood in a country rife with prostitutes and government coups, their son begins to take quite naturally to island living--in complete contrast to his dad.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780767921992
Branch Call Number: 919.59504
Characteristics: xiv, 239 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jun 14, 2015

Such an entertaining trip thru the tropics! I love his writing style and his take on everyday experiences.

wjhogan235 Jul 12, 2014

Funny, rollicking trip through the tropics. Reading Troost is like traveling with a best friend. His adventures and misadventures are funny and sometimes dangerous but always compellingly human. Troost is the nomad we all would like to be.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I was disappointed that it ended and I am looking forward to reading The Sex Lives of Cannibals and Headhunters at my Door.

Jul 07, 2013

Getting Stoned With Savages by J. Maarten Troost is one man’s view of life on the islands of Vanuatu and Fiji. Written in the form of a journal, I found this a rather ho-hum read. The author tries to be amusing, but the key word here is try. I found that instead of being funny, it felt a little forced.

I felt this book with it’s descriptions of cyclones, giant centipedes and sharks needed a little more on the plus side in order to fully describe these exotic places. Getting Stoned With Savages was an ok read, but left me feeling that I still know very little about islands.

Oct 13, 2012

In one word: hilarious!


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