A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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A breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the '30s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and ultimately, their lives.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781483010137
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (420 min.)) : digital.
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)


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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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