Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu

By J. Maarten Troost
Read by Simon Vance

7.43 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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Getting Stoned with Savages again reveals Troost’s wry wit and infectious joy of discovery in a hilarious account of life in the farthest reaches of the world. After two grueling years on the island of Tarawa, Troost was in no hurry to return to the South Pacific—until he began to feel remarkably out of place in modern America—and he knew it was time to set off for parts unknown. Here he tells the story of his time on Vanuatu, a cluster of islands where he struggles against typhoons, earthquakes, and giant centipedes but finds himself swept up in the laid-back, clothing-optional lifestyle of the islanders. When his wife Sylvia gets pregnant, they decamp for slightly more civilized Fiji, a fallen paradise rife with prostitutes and government coups, where their son takes quite naturally to island living.

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Summary

Summary

Getting Stoned with Savages again reveals Troost’s wry wit and infectious joy of discovery in a hilarious account of life in the farthest reaches of the world.

After two grueling years on the island of Tarawa, Troost was in no hurry to return to the South Pacific—until he began to feel remarkably out of place in modern America—and he knew it was time to set off for parts unknown. Here he tells the story of his time on Vanuatu, a cluster of islands where he struggles against typhoons, earthquakes, and giant centipedes but finds himself swept up in the laid-back, clothing-optional lifestyle of the islanders. When his wife Sylvia gets pregnant, they decamp for slightly more civilized Fiji, a fallen paradise rife with prostitutes and government coups, where their son takes quite naturally to island living.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A funny travelogue with a sentimental heart, Troost’s latest work genuinely captures the search for paradise as well as the need for home.” Publishers Weekly
“A cross between Bill Bryson and Hunter S. Thompson, Troost is a delightfully unreliable reporter. And Simon Vance delivers each line with charm. A buttery voice like his is the closest many of us will come to experiencing anything like kava.” AudioFile
“For those readers sitting in offices, yearning to break free and live on a tropical isle, this book provides a wonderful, witty view into the experience—the good and the bad.” Library Journal
“A travel writer who delivers the gratifying, old-school goods: curious cultural practices; encounters with venomous, nay murderous, creatures; perspective on recent history, with all the chaos wrought by European interlopers.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Reviews

by Marianne 9/13/2017
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The Best Kind of Travel Writing

Witty travelogues from a self-deprecating, self-medicating Canadian? Yes, please! For those of you who aren’t familiar with J. Maarten Troost, I strongly recommend listening to his first book, “The Sex Lives of Cannibals” before this one. Though “Getting Stoned with Savages” certainly stands on its own, his frequent stories about life in Kiribati will be all the more amusing. In this second adventure, Troost finds himself on the island of Vanuatu, replete with typhoons, gigantic insects, and the hallucinogenic drink, kava. On the hunt for the last surviving cannibal, Troost’s wife Sylvia finds out she’s pregnant, and the two head for Fiji. Though life on the island paradise may seem slightly tamer, Troost always has a way of finding himself in awkward situations.

What makes Troost stand out is his ability to deftly balance humor with insight. Despite his many missteps, you can’t help but want to sit down and have a drink with the guy. And underneath his sarcasm and outrage is something that all of us can relate to: curiosity. Perfect for “the flip-flip man” (or woman)—those of us who secretly dream of buying a one-way ticket to the other end of the world.

Author

Author Bio: J. Maarten Troost

J. Maarten Troost’s essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, and the Prague Post. After two years in the Pacific, he was hired as a consultant by the World Bank. He spent several years in Fiji then relocated to the United States and now lives with his family in Monterey, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 7.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English