A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2014
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English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby--the artistic, female-dominated Tam--he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control.
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2014
ISBN: 9781483010182
Branch Call Number: TALK KING CD
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
6 audio discs (7 hrs.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in


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AL_ANNAL Oct 15, 2016

A wonderfully engaging historical novel based loosely on the life of Margaret Mead. Friendship, love, and philosophy among anthropologists studying river tribes in New Guinea. One of the NYT Book Review's 10 best books of 2014.

mvkramer Mar 19, 2015

This story is taut with feeling - love, passion, jealousy, greed, ambition - and it kept me listening feverishly to find out what would happen to the characters. I loved Nell, who, despite her flaws, had a real energy for the work and love of the native people she met. Conversely, I hated Fen, who was greedy, violent, and profoundly jealous of his wife's success. Lily King has an amazing way with words - at times the book was like poetry - and the readers for the audiobook were fantastic at making the words and characters come to life.

Now I want to go dig up some books by real-life anthropologists!

Feb 05, 2015

I loved this book it's examination of anthropology. When I finished, I wanted to know more about Margaret Mead!

ChristchurchLib Aug 24, 2014

When renowned but controversial American anthropologist Nell Stone arrives in 1930s Papua New Guinea with her husband and colleague Fen, they find a willing guide and assistant in Andrew Bankson, an English linguist studying the isolated Kiona tribe while recovering from a failed suicide attempt. As the three collaborate on their research, Bankson's growing obsession with Nell adds further strain to her marriage to Fen, who's already threatened by his wife's greater fame and professional reputation. Loosely based on the lives and careers of anthropologist Margaret Mead and her second and third husbands, Euphoria is an atmospheric and richly detailed glimpse of a bygone time and place. Historical Fiction newsletter August 2014.


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