|Getting Stoned with|
Unlike a lot of travel books, Troost shows you the non-tourist side of these islands. In fact, he tends to shun the touristy spots. Instead, he tries to find people who either were cannibals or witness cannibalism and spends a lot (a lot) of time drinking kava with his neighbors and becoming one with the dirt.
Troost spends some time at the beginning and end of this book reflecting on escapism and his need to escape the American way of life or, more specifically, escaping the American work life. It makes him itchy, apparently, and long to be somewhere where happiness is easier to achieve--probably because you're knocking yourself back down a few rungs on Maslow's hierarchy of needs