Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation or  by J. Maarten Troost

Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's…

byJ. Maarten Troost

Kobo ebook | July 8, 2008

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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 entertained.

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.
Title:Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 8, 2008Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0767930010

ISBN - 13:9780767930017

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and fun Hilarious and fun! That said it all. How I wish this book - the journey - could never end. Troost did a wonderful job in taking you and me touring China, not only the superficial touristy side, but the hidden, the unique, the exotic and the ridiculous (same for every person as for every country). I like the way how Troost uses his imagination and sharp observation to create true humour. There are a lot of laugh out loud moments; I love the scene when he ate live squid at a monastery (huh?!). This is the perfect book for people who would like to visit China, and those who would like to visit China through writings and imagination. Only one little point to make, the first two chapters somehow was a bit boring (especially for those who doesn't like people complains about Chinese culture for the sake of complaining). Comes Chapter 3, it would be five star all the way. My recommendation, get this book and go right on to the chapter 3 and starts the journey by learning about Mao and everything made in China.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute must to read I have read another of M. Troost,s books and I am absolutely addicted to his writings.He has a unique view, which is soooo funny, mixed with excellent research and info. I am going to buy another of his books from kobo tonight ..,,how can I not !!,
Date published: 2013-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another winner. I've never had any desire to go to China. After reading this I feel I don't have to, either. Funny and informative... if Mike Rowe had a travel show, I bet the transcripts would read like this book.
Date published: 2013-08-07