Lost on Planet China

Lost on Planet China

By J. Maarten Troost

  • Release Date: 2008-07-08
  • Genre: Essays & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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Description

The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals returns with a sharply observed, hilarious account of his adventures in China—a complex, fascinating country with enough dangers and delicacies to keep him, and readers, endlessly entertained.

Maarten Troost has charmed legions of readers with his laugh-out-loud tales of wandering the remote islands of the South Pacific. When the travel bug hit again, he decided to go big-time, taking on the world’s most populous and intriguing nation. In Lost on Planet China, Troost escorts readers on a rollicking journey through the new beating heart of the modern world, from the megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai to the Gobi Desert and the hinterlands of Tibet.

Lost on Planet China
finds Troost dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai; eating Yak in Tibet; deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as Cattle Penis with Garlic); visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead, very orange); and hiking (with 80,000 other people) up Tai Shan, China’s most revered mountain. But in addition to his trademark gonzo adventures, the book also delivers a telling look at a vast and complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think. As Troost shows, while we may be familiar with Yao Ming or dim sum or the cheap, plastic products that line the shelves of every store, the real China remains a world—indeed, a planet--unto itself.

Maarten Troost brings China to life as you’ve never seen it before, and his insightful, rip-roaringly funny narrative proves that once again he is one of the most entertaining and insightful armchair travel companions around.

Reviews

  • Excellent book

    5
    By Film girl 258
    This was the only travel book on China available in the Burbank library so I felt compelled to get it. Packing for a 3-month stay in China delayed my reading (although I did get further along than the language books, which were hopeless.) I managed to catch up with modern technology and downloaded the book before departure which kept me company through many sleepless jet lagged nights. This book gave me a much truer sense of the spirit of China than any Lonely Planet book could provide, and I'm grateful for the insights and company during this bizarre trip. From one very grateful lowai, Hilari. P.S. Look me up in Movie Town in Dachang next time you are here.
  • Lost on Planet China - What a Stupid Ending

    3
    By LyReKi
    Did not find the ending humorous!
  • Lost on planet china

    5
    By Spartymonster
    Hiarious,frightening,and so very enjoyable.read this in two days on my vacation.i know now why so many Chinese are here in America,they are killing their own country.wlcome back Mr Troost.
  • Funny but overly critical

    3
    By jjm202
    Troost is funny. I've got to give him that. I found myself laughing a lot and enjoying his honest and unfiltered opinions of this country. However, as a teacher in China I find it unfortunate that his first impression of the country and the people was so overwhelmingly negative. When exploring and trying to understand another culture should we not try and separate ourselves from our own cultural biases? Unfortunately, this book is very unsuccessful when it comes to objectively or evenly compassionately describing China's culture, history, or people. Maybe I am bias myself though, because I do love many things about this country.

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