The Sex Lives of Cannibals

Written by: J. Maarten Troost


Tired of his directionless existence, 26-year-old Maarten Troost decides to leave behind his temp jobs and useless graduate degrees to start anew on the remote South Pacific island of Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati. With romantic notions of an island paradise, Troost packs his bags and sets off on an adventure that he soon realizes is far from the idyllic escape he imagined.

In The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Troost chronicles his hilarious misadventures as he navigates life on Tarawa, battling relentless heat, deadly bacteria, polluted seas, and toxic fish. He and his girlfriend Sylvia find themselves contending with incompetent officials, massive critters, unpredictable electricity, and a severe lack of culinary options (including a dire beer shortage), all while surrounded by the incessant strains of “La Macarena.”

Amidst their struggles, they encounter a cast of eccentric local characters, including “Half-Dead Fred” and the self-proclaimed Poet Laureate of Tarawa, a British drunkard who has never actually written a poem.

With biting wit and a keen eye for the absurd, Troost delivers a sidesplitting travelogue that will leave readers simultaneously laughing out loud and appreciating the creature comforts of home. The Sex Lives of Cannibals is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a reminder that sometimes the most outrageous experiences make for the best stories.


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