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]

Audiobook CD - 2008
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Troost charmed listeners with his humorous tales of wandering the remote islands of the South Pacific in The Sex Lives of Cannibals and Getting Stoned with Savages. When the travel bug bit again, he took on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. As Troost relates his gonzo adventure-dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead)--he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will shape the way we all work, live, and think. This insightful, hilarious narrative brings China to life as you've never seen it before.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., p2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781433248658
Branch Call Number: CDBK915.1 T753L MP3
Characteristics: 1 MP3-CD (ca. 11 hr.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon
Blackstone Audio, Inc


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Jan 03, 2014

Bryan Martin

The author should have used one of the 6 underpasses to get to Tianamien Square. Guess he has never been a pedestrian in downtown Montreal.

I have been to Beijing during the summers of 2007, 2009 & 2011. Never saw the pollution. Chicago in the 1970's was much worse.

But the book is very entertaining and truthful in a drama queen sort of way.

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

Feb 27, 2012

Really a fun read.

I think he didn't always see how wonderful Chinese people are but I still gave it 5 stars for entertainment and educational value.

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