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The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
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Nov 05, 2010

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Read from July 31 to August 10, 2012

Troost has a light, funny way of describing things that take place during his couple of years on Tarawa, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. He made it almost all the way to the end of the book without even mentioning (except in passing) that the atoll was the site of a major battle during the U.S. Marines' 'island hopping campaign' across the Pacific in World War II. This is the second book I have listened to by the author and I imagine I will read more of his works in the future. In some ways, the culture shock and coping skills he learned are analogous to what my family and I experienced on the Olmsted Scholar Program in Taiwan (though by no means did our experience in Taiwan approach the daily hardships that his life on Tarawa brought to him). Recommended.

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