At Play in the Fields of the Lord

At Play in the Fields of the Lord

eBook - 1966
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Random House, Inc.
In a malarial outpost in the South American rain forest, two misplaced gringos converge and clash in this novel from the National Book Award-winning author. Martin Quarrier has come to convert the elusive Niaruna Indians to his brand of Christianity. Lewis Moon, a stateless mercenary who is himself part Indian, has come to kill them on the behalf of the local comandante. Out of this struggle Peter Matthiessen creates an electrifying moral thriller—adapted into a movie starring John Lithgow, Kathy Bates, and Tom Waits. A novel of Conradian richness, At Play in the Fields of the Lord explores both the varieties of spiritual experience and the politics of cultural genocide.

Baker & Taylor
At an outpost in the South American jungle, conflict erupts between two misplaced outsiders--Martin Quarrier, who has undertaken a mission to convert the local Indians to his own form of Christianity, and Lewis Moon, a mercenary out to kill them

Publisher: London, Heinemann, 1966
ISBN: 9780307819642
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Sep 28, 2016

Snow Leopard might be good but this was a little too grim to read while reading American Heiress especially.

Jul 12, 2016

Intriguing, if not entirely successful, clash of civilizations novel from the award-winning author of "The Snow Leopard." In a remote jungle in South America, American missionaries, a cynical mercenary, and the native tribes battle over religion, culture, and land. None of the characters are particularly well-drawn and his critique of Western involvement in Latin America is fuzzy. Kingslover's "The Poisonwood Bible" is a better, more nuanced treatment of a similar subject. Made into a film in 1991 with Tom Berenger, John Lithgow, Tom Waits, and Daryl Hannah.

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