Lost on Planet China

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

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Random House, Inc.

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.



Baker & Taylor
The author chronicles his odyssey in China, from the urban megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai to the desolate wastes of the Gobi desert and the distant mountains of Tibet, as he describes the cultural wonders and strange perils he encountered.

Book News
Troost, best known for his off-the-wall books about his life in remote tropical regions, now takes on the mystery of China. He traveled from Hong Kong to Tibet, the Gobi Desert, Beijing, Shanghai, and dozens of stops in between, and he relates his experiences in a tone of confused bemusement, not intended to be objective. He is challenged by the food and overwhelmed by the level of industrialization and pollution, and the people he meets tend to either want to sell him something or tell him something he doesn't understand. This is a book for the armchair traveler who needs a reason not to go to China. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

The best-selling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals presents a witty, insightful chronicle of his adventures in China, recounting his rollicking odyssey from the urban megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai, to the desolate wastes of the Gobi desert and the distant mountains of Tibet as he describes the cultural wonders, unusual delicacies, and strange perils he encountered along the way. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780767922005
Branch Call Number: 915.1046 Tro
Characteristics: xi, 382 p.

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VanessaCCL Oct 08, 2012

"Bestselling author J. Maarten Troost, who's previously written about the small, sparsely populated islands of the South Pacific, takes on the large, densely populated country of China... and suffers a bit of culture shock. But the Dutch-born, Canadian-reared, part-Czech Troost, who lives in the U.S., eventually regains his footing... well, mostly. In a witty, engaging manner, Troost describes the perils (pollution, prostitutes) and wonders (gorges, the terracotta warriors in Xi'an) he encounters as he travels from the urban megalopolis of Beijing to the distant mountains of Tibet. Booklist calls Troost 'an excellent guide to the vast, multifaceted country that is modern-day China.'" Next Reads Armchair Travel October 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=556414

VanessaCCL Oct 08, 2012

"Bestselling author J. Maarten Troost, who's previously written about the small, sparsely populated islands of the South Pacific, takes on the large, densely populated country of China... and suffers a bit of culture shock. But the Dutch-born, Canadian-reared, part-Czech Troost, who lives in the U.S., eventually regains his footing... well, mostly. In a witty, engaging manner, Troost describes the perils (pollution, prostitutes) and wonders (gorges, the terracotta warriors in Xi'an) he encounters as he travels from the urban megalopolis of Beijing to the distant mountains of Tibet. Booklist calls Troost 'an excellent guide to the vast, multifaceted country that is modern-day China.'" Next Reads Armchair Travel October 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=556414

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dritta
Jul 17, 2012

Interesting, but not mind blowing. And way too self-conscious.

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hrdrd
Jun 26, 2012

Troost easily equals Theroux with his ability to nail the culture of China, while maintaining his place as a barbarian foreigner, in a land where the opposite may be true.

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jalger
Sep 16, 2008

This book was so funny, I was giggling out loud reading it. Very eye-opening as wel.

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