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    DescriptionThe 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.


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    Title
    Lost on Planet China
    Subtitle
    One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J Maarten Troost
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 382
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780767922012
    ISBN 10: 0767922018
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T14.3
    BIC subject category V2: WTH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-TT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23690
    B&T General Subject: 800
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: TT
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    DC22: 915.1046
    DC21: 915.1046
    B&T Approval Code: A33800000, A19242000
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003020
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC
    DC22: 915.104/6
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: DS779.43 .T76 2008C
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white line drawings, maps
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    12 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    J. MAARTEN TROOST is the author of "Getting Stoned with Savages "and "The Sex Lives of Cannibals. "His essays have appeared in the "Atlantic Monthly," the "Washington Post," and the "Prague Post." He spent two years in Kiribati in the Equatorial Pacific and upon his return was hired as a consultant by the World Bank. After several years in Fiji and Vanuatu, he recently relocated to the U.S. and now lives with his wife and two sons in California.
    Review quote
    Praise for GETTING STONED WITH SAVAGES " " "One of Troost's greatest successes is that he's not reporting, exactly, not writing as a journalist would, but simply living his life in a faraway place and writing about it." --"New York Times " "Troost manages to relate his misadventures in an irreverently funny style . . . this makes for a good beach read on your own vacation." --"Pittsburgh Tribune-Review " Praise for "The Sex Lives of Cannibals " "A comic masterwork of travel writing" --"Publishers Weekly ""Troost has a command of place and narrative that puts him in the company of some of today's best travel writers." --"Elle "