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The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of
Cannibals returns with a sharply observed, hilarious account
of his adventures in China-a complex, fascinating country with
enough dangers and delicacies to keep him, and readers, endlessly
Maarten Troost has charmed legions of readers with his
laugh-out-loud tales of wandering the remote islands of the South
Pacific. When the travel bug hit again, he decided to go big-time,
taking on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. In
Lost on Planet China, Troost escorts readers on a
rollicking journey through the new beating heart of the modern
world, from the megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai to the Gobi
Desert and the hinterlands of Tibet.
Lost on Planet China finds Troost dodging deadly drivers in
Shanghai; eating Yak in Tibet; deciphering restaurant menus
(offering local favorites such as Cattle Penis with Garlic);
visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead, very orange); and hiking
(with 80,000 other people) up Tai Shan, China's most revered
mountain. But in addition to his trademark gonzo adventures, the
book also delivers a telling look at a vast and complex country on
the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all
work, live, and think. As Troost shows, while we may be familiar
with Yao Ming or dim sum or the cheap, plastic products that line
the shelves of every store, the real China remains a world-indeed,
a planet--unto itself.
Maarten Troost brings China to life as you've never seen
it before, and his insightful, rip-roaringly funny narrative proves
that once again he is one of the most entertaining and insightful
armchair travel companions around.