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

Kobo ebook | July 8, 2008

byJ. Maarten Troost

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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.

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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 ...

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 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