Sep 252011

The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost– A Book Review

First, a disclaimer.  Mom, if you are reading, this book is about neither sex nor cannibals.  Well, not really.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals tells the story of Maarten Troost, as he moves with his girlfriend Sylvia to the remote equatorial island of Tarawa, in the Republic of Kiribati (pronounced kirr-i-bas).   What begins as a romantic notion to relocate to an idyllic island, quickly becomes less than ideal as the realities (and woes) of island life hit home.  From toxic fish, to polluted lagoons, to encounters with sharks, to food shortages; Troost proves that life on a remote equatorial atoll is not without its challenges.

So what distinguishes The Sex Lives of Cannibals from other travelogues?  Others have written about trips to exotic islands, so what makes Troost’s account stand out?  Well, let’s just say that you should be prepared for curious glimpses when people see you laughing hysterically to yourself while reading this book.  Troost’s vivid descriptions, which are coupled with a healthy dose of humor, will have you living out this adventure right along side of him (no plane ticket needed).

The Sex Lives of Cannibals is available at Amazon in paperback, on audio CD or for Kindle.

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