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Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost
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Jul 19, 09

bookshelves: 2009
Read in June, 2009

I've tried to explain to people my problem with this book, which stems from the J. Maarten Troost body of literature.

Sex Lives... was pant-pissingly funny at times. In part, I believe, because of the anecdotes. He didn't go places as much as he was trapped on Vanuatu.

Getting Stoned with Savages had moments, but became less funny as he did more intentional travel.

Lost on Planet China was less funny because of the scale of travel. To me it's as if the more travel, the less his humor had a chance to shine.

That said, there were moments that were pretty funny, and his descriptions of Sacramento were so good I repeated them constantly to Sacto natives, but overall I felt this was the weakest of his three books in terms of humor. For travel narrative it was good, but the humor wasn't quite to the level I wanted.

Trapped in Hell-Hole California would be a book I picked up in a heartbeat...
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