Lygia Bischoff's Reviews > Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid

Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost
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May 02, 09

it was amazing
Read in April, 2009

Did this for work. It was a fun read.

Lost on Planet China
Author - J. Maarten Troost
Reader – Simon Vance

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ISBN # 9871433248641 ISBN # 9870767922005
Bib # 1167945 Bib # 1165017

Troost states that in this book he “dodged deadly drivers in Shanghai, ate yak in Tibet, deciphered restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as Cattle Penis with Garlic), and visited with Chairman Mao (still dead, very orange).” This is not your common travel log with suggestions of what to see and do but an exposure to real Chinese people living real lives. Troost uses humor and wit to tell his story and in the process leads us on a rollicking adventure through cities big and small with the most unique experiences. I listened to this on audio and found that the Reader, Simon Vance, made the book come alive with his verbal nuances. He was able to read color and zest into the narrative which added greatly to the experience. Actually, listening to this on CD made the book far more enjoyable for me. If you like Bill Bryson you’ll like this.


Lygia Bischoff
Pike Library
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