Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu by J. Maarten Troost

Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu

byJ. Maarten Troost

Kobo ebook | June 13, 2006

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From the bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals, the laugh-out-loud true story of his years on the islands of Vanuatu and Fiji, among cannibals, volcanoes . . . and the world’s best narcotics.

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 he 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.

Title:Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and VanuatuFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 13, 2006Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0767924932

ISBN - 13:9780767924931

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This was a laugh-out-loud story of Troost years on the islands of Vanuatu and Fiji. It was a well written account of his experiences on the island. From learning about the cannibals, visiting live volcanoes, dealing with poisoning cetepedes and finding the best narcotics in the world. The book kept your interest page after page, one of the best travel memoirs I read.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It An entertaining look at Fijian life, with many humorous anecdotes. A great read for a travel lover!
Date published: 2013-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book was hilarious. Definitely the funniest book I've ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed Troost's "The Sex Lives of Cannibals", but I think "Getting Stoned with Savages" has more humour. I got embarrassed many times on the bus and the skytrain because I could not possibly contain my laughter. There were many curious stares coming my way. All in all, I'd highly recommend the book. However, it puts a small damper on my life because it makes me want to leave whatever it is I'm doing and just pack my bags and go on crazy adventures where, I too, could get attacked by wild dogs and drink Kava. Life seems so boring after you read and see what other people do.
Date published: 2006-09-24