Getting Stoned With Savages

Getting Stoned With Savages

A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu

Book - 2006
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Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767921992
0767921992
Branch Call Number: 995.95 Troo
Characteristics: xiv, 239 p. ; 21 cm

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Myroonster
Apr 17, 2019

I really enjoyed this audio book and am looking forward to the author's other titles. It's a hilarious look at island life from the viewpoint of a curious Westerner. As others mention, not all of his jokes connect and there isn't as much island color as there might be, but for me Troost's turn of phrase and cockeyed observations make it well worth the listen/read.

A greatly entertaining memoir in which our author J. Maarten Troost travels to Vanuatu and Fiji, becomes a parent, and takes heaps of strangely muddy island hallucinogens. Absolutely recommended read for fun travel escape! Also available in print format. (submitted by TH)

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niqikrystine
Jun 14, 2015

Such an entertaining trip thru the tropics! I love his writing style and his take on everyday experiences.

wjhogan235 Jul 12, 2014

Funny, rollicking trip through the tropics. Reading Troost is like traveling with a best friend. His adventures and misadventures are funny and sometimes dangerous but always compellingly human. Troost is the nomad we all would like to be.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I was disappointed that it ended and I am looking forward to reading The Sex Lives of Cannibals and Headhunters at my Door.

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DeltaQueen50
Jul 07, 2013

Getting Stoned With Savages by J. Maarten Troost is one man’s view of life on the islands of Vanuatu and Fiji. Written in the form of a journal, I found this a rather ho-hum read. The author tries to be amusing, but the key word here is try. I found that instead of being funny, it felt a little forced.

I felt this book with it’s descriptions of cyclones, giant centipedes and sharks needed a little more on the plus side in order to fully describe these exotic places. Getting Stoned With Savages was an ok read, but left me feeling that I still know very little about islands.

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pieterz
Oct 13, 2012

In one word: hilarious!

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