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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. 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, and worst of all, no television or coffee. And that’s just the first day.
Matt Markgraf says:
“Unfortunately this book featured neither sex lives nor cannibals, but it was still entertaining non-fiction. The book is more humorous than informative, based on the narrator’s presumption that everything will be idyllic and the fact that, of course, he’s completely wrong. It’s ultimately a book about reestablishing the rules of reality. Troost survived the ‘backwards’ people who had never heard of spices or functional electricity and comes out on the other end with a new perspective on life and happiness. He never glamorized the remote tropical paradise, but he didn’t have to. The beauty of the island comes from its flaws, its misfortunes and the people who step on it.”