Stoned With Savages by Maarten Troost

Getting Stoned with Savages

Getting Stoned with Savages is a travel narrative that follows the author’s adventures on the islands of Vanuatu and Fiji. The book is filled with humorous anecdotes and misadventures as Troost navigates the rugged terrain, typhoons, earthquakes, and giant centipedes of the islands. He also explores the customs and society of the islanders, including their obsession with kava, a naturally occurring stimulant.

Troost’s writing is characterized by his wry wit and infectious joy of discovery, making for an entertaining and informative read. The book also touches on themes of cultural differences, colonialism, and the challenges of parenthood in a foreign land.

What I Liked

I love Troost’s travel writing. It’s made better by the fact that rather than traveling through a location, he actually lives in a place for several years. Great storytelling.

What I Did Not Like

Not a whole lot – good book.

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