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J. Maarten Troost, The Sex Lives of the Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific (Broadway, 2004).
With visions of a tropical paradise, Troost followed his wife to the Pacific island of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands. She went there to do development work for a non-profit organization, and he figured he would kick back, enjoy Eden, and maybe create a work of literature. As he found out, if Kiribati ever was a paradise, those days are lost. Now it is crowded, polluted, and miserably hot. Troost made the best of it; this comic account of his stay is a fun read, if not a literary classic. I didn’t love it as much as the person who recommended it to me did, but it was fun.,
Here is Chapter One of the book. Many more bloggers than newspapers noticed this book. Here are reviews from Bookfool, Alexandra Dyer (The Globe and Mail), Erik Olsen, Debra Hamel, Deano, marktranchant, Claire, Nicholas Fonseca (Entertainment Weekly), MotherReader, Becky, Madeleine Wells (The Penn), Mortaine, and Smitty.