Euphoria

Euphoria

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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"English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying a tribe on the Sepik River in the Territory of New Guinea with little success. Increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when he encounters the famous and controversial Nell Stone and her wry, mercurial Australian husband Fen. Bankson is enthralled by the magnetic couple whose eager attentions pull him back from the brink of despair. Nell and Fen have their own reasons for befriending Bankson. Emotionally and physically raw from studying the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo tribe, the couple is hungry for a new discovery. But when Bankson leads them to the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and emotional firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Atlantic Monthly Press,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781443435291
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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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.

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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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AlteredStaite
Apr 19, 2017

The writing is good. One sticks with it to the end. Don't know what this says about the reader.

This is the second novel of Lily King's hoping the 'heroine' would off herself and let all the people she's been abusing get on with their lives and find some happiness.

Why does this author write about dysfunctional and somewhat abusive but "wildly attractive" (according to her) women who have some terrible secret to hide from their distant past that makes them irresistible to decent men and children?

I'm tempted but determined to stay away from The Pleasing Hour until I've read something positive and uplifting beforehand.

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ryner
Oct 26, 2016

When Andrew Bankson meets fellow anthropologists Nell Stone and her husband Fen in New Guinea, they have just emerged from a treacherous experience studying the Mumbanyo and are looking for an alternative mission of discovery. He offers to deliver them to a new, unstudied tribe a bit further up the river, all the while endlessly fascinated and captivated by the couple -- Nell in particular.

Based loosely on events and people in the life of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, 'Euphoria' is a love triangle simultaneously offering readers a tantalizing peek into the field of anthropology in the early- to mid-1900s -- even better enjoyed if you have ever wanted to be an anthropologist yourself. I particularly enjoyed the scene with Nell's mental rendering of her fellow white women's cultural grooming habits in anthro-speak. It's a slim volume, and a quick, delightful read.

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