Well, it is time to move along from Kiribati. It was a fun visit, but I won’t be leaving my Philadelphia life for this remote island any time soon. Kauai, in a heartbeat; Kiribati, not so much. But Troost is a great tour guide, and I am glad to have stopped by. Here is my final review as posted on Goodreads:
The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Funny account of life in one of the remotest places on earth. The author and his girfriend go to live on Tawara, a tiny atoll which is part of the country of Kiribati. Kiribati, as he tells us, has the land mass of the Baltimore metro area, broken up in 33 pieces, and scattered across an expanse of ocean the size of the continental US. This is not a good book to read in bed if your partner is asleep, since you will wake said partner when you can’t help laughing outloud. It is a funny book, but it will probably not make you want to move to Kiribati–at least not to the atoll on which they spent 2 years. I actually found J. Maarten Troost‘s second book (Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu) even funnier, but you can’t go wrong with either one!
So today I will be off to Pitcairn Island. I’m reading Pitcairn Island from the Bounty Trilogy, so I’ll be travelling in time, as well as space. I’ll let you know what I think, and what I’m eating, when I get there!