When the author's wife was posted to the small island nation of Kiribati in the South Pacific, their culture shock was extreme. Expecting a Gauguin-esque paradise, they actually found a hot, filthy, polluted, isolated, and forgotten place with almost no amenities. After two years of battling bureaucracy and, often, simply trying to find something they could eat, it was time to go home--and the Troosts found themselves strangely reluctant to leave a place they had begun to call home. In SEX LIVES OF CANNIBALS, J. Maarten Troost writes about a period in his life that is both absolutely appalling and--in his telling of it--utterly hilarious.
Genre: Travel, Social Science
Subgenre: Essays + Travelogues, Anthropology / Cultural, Australia + Oceania