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

Version: Unabridged
Author: J. Maarten Troost
Narrator: Simon Vance
Genres: Travel, Australia & Oceania
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2007
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 30 minutes
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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.

Reviews (2)

Very Interesting

Written by LisMur from Seattle, WA on November 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was very enjoyable. The content was informative and funny at the same time. And Simon Vance was a great reader, as always. If you like travel writing, you should give this one a try.

Raucously funny

Written by Peggy Stortz on May 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Troost makes the natives and their culture come to life with his wry humor. I laughed out loud at his adventures.

Author Details

Author Details

Troost, J. Maarten

J. MAARTEN TROOST is the author of "Getting Stoned with Savages "and "The Sex Lives of Cannibals. "His essays have appeared in the "Atlantic Monthly," the "Washington Post," and the "Prague Post," He spent two years in Kiribati in the Equatorial Pacific and upon his return was hired as a consultant by the World Bank. After several years in Fiji and Vanuatu, he recently relocated to the U.S. and now lives with his wife and two sons in California.