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The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
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Mar 09, 12

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I found this book to be amusing and I enjoyed the writing style and the chapter titling. Like his later book on China, this seemed to me to be his personal experience and response to the community, not a sociological discussion of the society and the effects of colonialism. He obviously liked the people, in my reading of the book, and the place to the point where he and his wife actually considered extending their stay.

It was interesting to read of the practice of "bubuti" which would seem to have several uses in balancing life in a constrained community, for better or worse. I thought some of his observations about international aid accurate, and how it is applied and "managed" for Kiribati is as badly done as most other nations. Fortunately it would seem, Kiribati is without a military obsession or source of wealth, and the country is probably better off without those pressures further corrupting an already ineffectual "aid" methodology.

"Kiribati has a total land area of 811 sq km (313 sq mi). The islands extend about 3,900 km (about 2,400 mi) from east to west. From north to south they extend about 2,100 km (about 1,300 mi), straddling the equator."

From 2007, this Australian article indicates that in 2007, they were still chasing the pigs off the runway and people still greet the plane arrivals.:

And now it might be sinking:
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