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

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

With The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Maarten Troost established himself as one of the most engaging and original travel writers around. Getting Stoned with Savages again reveals his wry wit and infectious joy of discovery in a side-splittingly funny account of life in the farthest reaches of the world. After two grueling years on the island of Tarawa, battling feral dogs, mach With The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Maarten Troost established himself as one of the most engaging and original travel write...

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Title:Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu
Author:J. Maarten Troost
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:239 pages pages

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

  • Justin
    Apr 03, 2010
    Rarely has my reading of a book been as well-timed as it was with Getting Stoned with Savages. In the midst of preparing to move my family overseas, reading J. Maarten Troost recount his decision to leave Washington, DC for the islands of Vanuata and Fiji was equal parts inspiration, r...
  • Noel
    Dec 05, 2008
    "Paradise was always over there, a day's sail away. But it's a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I,finally, knew where my life belonged. Home." That quote from the end of the...
  • skokiesam
    Aug 30, 2007
    A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I have a great respect for the books she chooses as she has good taste in books. Apparently, I may have been wrong. Although I did enjoy reading this, it was a little dry at some points albeit fascinating in others. More journal than tr...
  • Books Ring Mah Bell
    Jan 11, 2010
    Some time ago, I read Troost?s The Sex Lives of Cannibals, and found it a pleasant and humorous read. Desiring a quick, fun read, I did not hesitate to scoop up Getting Stoned with Savages. Troost does not disappoint. After spending some time in Kiribati, the basis of his other b...
  • Kristin
    Jan 03, 2010
    From the author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals, another irreverent account of expat life in "developing" countries (for all of you poli-sci/IR/WS majors out there, one must turn off the filters of academia to enjoy this). The first couple of chapters evoked riotous laughter in describin...
  • Terry
    Sep 20, 2011
    Last summer I read The Sex Lives of Cannibals, which I reported to be about neither sex nor cannibals (although, a good book nonetheless). The sequel, Getting Stoned with Savages, IS about getting stoned, and, ironically, is very much about cannibals. Go figure with the titles... I gue...
  • Kristin
    Sep 01, 2017
    Overall not as funny as the author thinks or wanted it to be, but it had its moments. A little blatant on the torment of the writing process. Still, a look into a different world I wouldn't have otherwise gotten. But I don't need to come back for more. ...
  • Christine
    Jul 26, 2009
    J. Maarten Troost is my favorite travel writer after reading book number two. It's too damn bad he claims he is staying in the U.S. for good but we'll see about that. And he should consider writing regular old travel adventure books like Bill Bryson does. But you obviously truly experi...
  • Samantha
    Sep 02, 2008
    This was my least favorite of Troot's books. It truly is, in large part, about getting stoned with people in a third world country. (I draw the line at calling them savages...even if they did used to eat people...) The majority of this book is spent discussing Troost and his wife's tim...
  • Andrea
    Dec 07, 2014
    Troost specializes in that self-deprecating, clueless traveler mode of writing that is popular with good reason. We get the experience of watching someone else stumbling through exotic cultures with all the hopeless cowardice and ineptitude which we secretly know would be our own lot. ...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Jul 26, 2009
    Who would think a book about moving to a tropical island with enormous poisonous stinging caterpillars and enormous poisonous snakes and sharks in the water and even real cannibals would be amusing? Troost must be a very accepting fellow because he's done it not once but twice. Both ti...
  • Adam
    Dec 19, 2013
    While The Sex Lives of Cannibals had nothing to do with sex lives or cannibals, Getting Stoned with Savages does include much getting stoned. The use of the word 'savages' is part of the whole deal of these titles, which are slightly gauche parodies of the titles of various written mat...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 21, 2009
    This was a funny enough travel read, and definitely fits the genre of "writer and family moves to new place, has funny adventures". It was a great location to read about, although I've read more compelling discussions of a place and its people. I especially liked the discussion of es...
  • Victoria
    Jan 25, 2010
    Having long ago chosen the South Pacific as my dream vacation/habitat, I loved this book, along with 'Sex Lives of Cannibals'. The writing is fun and makes you laugh while also thinking...hmmm...maybe people crapping in the ocean doesn't make much for beautiful scenery. I read these tw...
  • Sarah Booth
    May 15, 2018
    3.5 stars. Troost doesn?t take himself too seriously. He freely admits to his ambling ways and his freewheeling behavior and is the first to point out when he?s done something stupid which makes him very appealing as a guide/author. I suppose I should have probably shortened this a...
  • Julie
    May 25, 2010
    In his follow-up to The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Troost seems to have found his voice and rhythm. He picks up where he left off, overwhelmed by the constraints of the corporate life in Washington DC, until he decides that he and his wife Sylvia are ready for another sojourn in their bel...
  • Anna
    Jun 27, 2012
    This author never fails to humor, entertain, and educate me on things I would otherwise never be exposed to. This book was equally as enjoyable as Sex Lives of Cannibals, and I was able to recall the events referenced. I simply love Troost's memoir writing style, and would love to emul...
  • Rachel Hyland
    Jan 04, 2019
    READING THE TBR: DAY 4 I have no idea why it has taken me so long to read this book. I loved Troost's first quirky travel tome, The Sex Lives of Cannibals, which saw him and his then-girlfriend Sylvia spend two years on the small island of Kiribati, coming hilariously to grips wit...
  • Madeline
    Jun 19, 2018
    3.5 Stars What a trip.... ...
  • Connie G
    May 01, 2014
    The South Pacific is not totally the paradise one might imagine from travel posters. J. Maarten Troost has written a humorous travel book where he tells of primitive transportation, corrupt governments, harrowing cyclones, huge venonous centipedes, and traveling to the rim of an active...
  • Aaron Padgett
    Jun 14, 2018
    Everything wrong with West-centric travel writing. ...
  • Miz
    Jul 03, 2015
    Oh it just annoyed me! Right from the start of the title it was frustrating ... So I gave it a go, got to 13% of the way and then promptly realised that the book reads like the title so stopped reading it. Ta da! There are MUCH better books set in the South Pacific. Being in New Ze...
  • Lili
    Jan 19, 2018
    The title alone, no need to read this garbage. ...
  • Jessica
    Nov 22, 2015
    A thoroughly enjoyable, informative read-- a great choice if you want to learn about new places, but also want to be talked out of actually travelling to them. Despite the racist title*, I continue to find Maarten's perspective and engagement with foreign cultures refreshing. This b...
  • Jan
    Sep 26, 2015
    This hilarious, light-hearted travel memoir will not be the most important or profound book I've read this year, so why four stars? Four stars for me means this is a book I really enjoyed and that I will share with others. Maarten Troost is so witty--I laughed out loud numerous times i...
  • Jennifer (the_pumpkin_reads)
    Feb 23, 2017
    Troost, while an acquired taste, never leaves me feeling down. This book follows him through Vanuatu and Fiji, while he and Sylvia decide to start a family. ...
  • Chrisl
    Sep 05, 2012
    Troost's entertaining book showed a side of Vanuatu that I would liked to have experienced, maybe. While there I didn't have my usual sense of freedom to wander about. The French freighter ($212 ticket) that I rode from Sydney to Panama in early 1969 stayed in the New Hebrides for ...
  • Andrea
    Jul 21, 2018
    Extremely funny and relatable since I lived in the Pacific. ...
  • Gina
    Jan 19, 2018
    Another winner of a travelogue by J. Maarten Troost. Troost is not a guy who is content to sit at a desk and work - he is a true traveler. When the road calls, he answers, and then he writes hilarious tell-all books about everything that happens - and does. This trip takes Troost and h...
  • Claxton
    Nov 15, 2017
    Worth reading, perhaps, if you like this sorta thing (expat writer living, chasing adventure on S. Pacific islands). Really enjoyed passages like the following: "Vanuatu is a world of rituals, magic, and sorcery. There are spirits and ghosts. Dead ancestors aren't quite as dead as th...