Euphoria

Euphoria

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English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in 1930s 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. Then he encounters the famous and controversial American anthropologist Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, who have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo. Nell and Fen 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: New York : Grove Press, [2014]
Edition: A Novel Idea Selection, 2016
ISBN: 9780802123701
Characteristics: 261 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm

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cmlibrary_sally Feb 13, 2020

Well written book, but not for everyone. Adult material.

ontherideau Jun 17, 2019

As one reader says this book is "humid". The sense of place and culture was well described, a different view point of history I was not familiar with.

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xiaojunbpl12
May 14, 2019

Have not known about Mead before reading the book, I was entertained as a voyeur more than a thinker.
No one figure affected me deep enough to outlast other books, and no fresh point of view to enlighten me, but her imaginative writing on a (mostly) academic subject is lyrical, implicit, and juicy, which is my major positive take.

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Valmeniscus
Dec 21, 2018

I liked the writer's style - using a diary to give one charater's point of view, some 3rd person narration and some narration by one of the main characters.
I found the characters interesting, how they interacted, their strengths and weaknesses and how each represented different perspectives of anthropology field work.
I am intrigued to learn more about the real Margaret Mead, Reo Fortune and Gregory Bateson.
The focus on the 3 white anglo characters means it lacks the perspective of the native people, but it is a short novel and can only do so much.

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

I could not stop listening to this audiobook. The title has two great narrators, as the point of view shifts between American anthrolopologist Nell Stone and her English colleague, Andrew Bankson. Euphoria is a richly detailed, captivating historical fiction set in 1930s Papua New Guinea and loosely based on the life of Margaret Meade.

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orange_lobster_23
Apr 12, 2018

Loosely based on the lives of Margaret Meade, her first and second husbands, this novel is an intriguing look at the ambitious professional obsession and complex evolving inter-relationships of the three main characters. Piqued my interest to learn more about the real life people on which this novel is based.

DBRL_ReginaF Mar 11, 2018

My only complaint is that this book is too short. I want more. I guess I will just have to go read more about Margaret Mead.

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 26, 2017

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.

BostonPL_LauraB Jun 24, 2017

Loved the setting and reading about how the early anthropologists might have worked, including the main subject of this story Nell (loosely based on Margaret Mead), her husband Fen (ugh), and a British anthropologist named Bankson. I even kind-of liked the love triangle aspect, although it was very obvious who she *should* choose the whole time. I found it to be an insanely fast read, which may also help with my rating of it as well. I think I'd recommend it, but be prepared for a bit of a love story and the pining that may accompany that.

Megan_PNW May 02, 2017

This book is humid. It is dense with a strong sense of place and filled with complex character relationships. A great pick for book clubs!

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