Headhunters on My Doorstep

Headhunters on My Doorstep

A True Treasure Island Ghost Story

Book - 2013
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"The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals recounts his latest hilarious misadventures in the South Pacific, following in the footsteps of his unlikely idol, Robert Louis Stevenson. Readers and critics alike adore J. Maarten Troost for his signature wry and witty take on the adventure memoir. Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as a "funny, candid, and down-to-earth travel companion," Troost's bestselling debut, The Sex Lives of Cannibals, is an enduring favorite about life in the South Seas. Headhunters on My Doorstep chronicles Troost's return to the South Pacific after his struggle with alcoholism and time in rehab left him numb to life. Deciding to retrace the path once traveled by the author of Treasure Island, Troost follows Robert Louis Stevenson to the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, Tahiti, the Gilberts, and Samoa, tumbling from one comic misadventure to another as he confronts his newfound sobriety. Somewhere en route from the shark-infested waters of Fakarava to the remote islands of Kiribati, Troost gradually awakens to the beauty of life and reconnects with his family and the world. Headhunters on My Doorstep is a funny yet poignant account of one man's journey to find himself that will captivate travel writing aficionados, Robert Louis Stevenson fans, and anyone who has ever lost his way. "
Publisher: New York, New York : Gotham, 2013
ISBN: 9781592407897
Branch Call Number: 919.504 TROOS TROOS
Characteristics: 262 pages


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Oct 31, 2018

I've observed that often when people engage with a 12-step problem, this becomes the lens by which they view the world. Welcome to Troost's South Seas, where the demon drink hides under every conch shell. The spark of his earlier works is present, but it never kindles into flames. Still, I do enjoy Maarten's writing and envy his travels. Now, pass the Kava, please.

Jun 03, 2015

Not Troost's best. I was disappointed by the almost overwhelming focus on addiction rather than on the actual traveling. The connections he drew between his journey and that of Robert Louis Stevenson were also shallow at best.

CranbrookLibrary Aug 13, 2014

This is a much more introspective book than Troost's past works, dealing as it does with the aftermath of a stint in rehab and coming to grips with his alcoholism. The tone suits the sometimes harsh realities he finds on the South Pacific islands he visits, while his trademark wit illuminates the humour in everyday situations and life no matter where you are.

May 19, 2014

Fairly weak book. Not at all as good as his past books.

ChristchurchLib Oct 14, 2013

"Reading travelogues, it sometimes seems as if travel writers lead charmed lives. But "everyone has problems" as J. Maarten Troost points out, and then shares one of his: alcoholism. After a stint in rehab, the amiable and witty Troost once again makes his way to remote Pacific islands (read the delightful The Sex Lives of Cannibals and Getting Stoned with Savages for details of his earlier trips). Following in the footsteps of his newfound literary idol, Robert Louis Stevenson, Troost meanders around the South Pacific, describing his travels, encounters with locals and other travellers, and his efforts to pursue sobriety in the exotic locales of the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, Tahiti, Kiribati, and Samoa. "Simultaneously informative, funny, and introspective" (Library Journal), Troost's latest will surely resonate with readers who have an addiction of their own." Armchair Travel October 2013 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=688525


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