by J. Maarten Troost

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Getting Stoned with Savages, written by Maarten Troost, is a look into the lives of Pacific Islanders on Vanuatu and Fiji.  I must say Troost is by far my favorite travel writer.  He certainly does not sugarcoat things, saying the food is “good” when in reality it is old canned meat.  When he wants to explore the reason the islanders used to be cannibals he goes to visit a remote population of people who remember when their tribe ate humans.  Most of all, he is brutally honest about his stupidity and ignorance when living abroad.  Isn’t that what we all want from someone who writes to inform of real life?  This is a good read; informative, quick, and funny.  If you enjoy exploring faraway lands, then you will not regret reading Getting Stoned with Savages.

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