Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in
Published: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Gotham Book Mart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1592407897
ISBN - 13: 9781592407897
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Chapter One Everyone has problems. Spend a few moments catching up with friends and you’re likely to hear a litany of catastrophes. I lost my job at the prison,” one might say. I’m going to prison,” says another. I’m about to lose my home.” I blew mine up to collect the insurance.” My ferret died.” I ate mine.” . . .” Long story.” Tales of woe had become inescapable. What were once simple quandaries now seemed to come equipped with trapdoors. One misstep and you’d tumble into the chute of doom, where demotions became terminations, homeowners became squatters, and Little Bandit was no longer safe. I was no exception. I too had problems. Multitudes of problems. If something could go wrong, it usually did. The only law that seemed to apply to me was Mr. Murphy’s. For a long while, decades even, the sun had shone upon me. Life had been an effortless glide. I’d traveled the world, married my soul mate, sired two strapping boys, and wrote books that I’ve been confidently informedlanded on the bestseller list in Eugene, Oregon. I couldn’t explain why good things happened to me. They just did. But then, like a bad Chinese proverb, my good fortune evaporated like a spilled Slurpee in a Phoenix parking lot. Everything that could go wrong . . . was not a thought I dared to finish. It could always get worse, and usually it did. What
From the Publisher
The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of
Cannibals recounts his latest hilarious misadventures in the
South Pacific, following in the footsteps of his unlikely idol,
Robert Louis Stevenson
Readers and critics alike adore J. Maarten Troost for his
signature wry and witty take on the adventure memoir. Hailed by
Entertainment Weekly as a funny, candid, and
down-to-earth travel companion," Troost's bestselling debut,
The Sex Lives of Cannibals, is an enduring favorite about
life in the South Seas.
Headhunters on My Doorstep chronicles Troost's return to
the South Pacific after his struggle with alcoholism and time in
rehab left him numb to life. Deciding to retrace the path once
traveled by the author of Treasure Island, Troost follows
Robert Louis Stevenson to the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, Tahiti, the
Gilberts, and Samoa, tumbling from one comic misadventure to
another as he confronts his newfound sobriety.
Somewhere en route from the shark-infested waters of Fakarava to
the remote islands of Kiribati, Troost gradually awakens to the
beauty of life and reconnects with his family and the world.
Headhunters on My Doorstep is a funny yet poignant account
of one man's journey to find himself that will captivate travel
writing aficionados, Robert Louis Stevenson fans, and anyone who
has ever lost his way.
About the Author
J. Maarten Troost was a consultant for the World Bank and has
lived in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Canada, Kiribati,
Fiji, and Vanuatu, among other exotic locations before settling
down near Washington, D.C.
A Conversation with J. Maarten Troost What is it about the South Pacific that draws you back? Have you ever wanted to escape, to fall off the map and disappear for a good long while? Me too. No place in the world elicits that kind of draw than an island in the South Seas. It’s where I go when I’m looking for a little dissonance in my life, a place to turn down the white noise of continental life and replace it with something more elemental. Like sharks. And long sea journeys. And sublime beauty. And all the other things that get your senses humming. Also, having written two books about the region, I liked the idea of completing a South Pacific trilogy. It makes me feel like, I don’t know, a real man now. You followed in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson. Why him? Have you read his books? Stevenson has long been peripheral to my life, just hovering in the margins. It seemed like no matter where I washed up, whether on the islands of Kiribati or the Central Coast of California, I was somehow following in his footsteps. But it wasn’t until I started reading him that I decided to explicitly follow Stevenson. I liked how he described the early books on the South Pacific. He called them sugar candy sham epics. This dude can write, I thought. And then, the more I read of him - the more I began to immerse myself in his world - the more I felt like I was communing with some kind of soul brother. He does what all the great writer