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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014: If I tell you that Euphoria is a novel loosely based on the life of the anthropologist Margaret Mead, your eyes will start to glaze over. Well, they shouldn’t--not when the novel is as wonderful as this one. Its both romantic and intelligent, a combination you don’t need to be a scientist to know doesn’t appear often in nature. Mead, a controversial character in real life, is here transmuted into the equally complex (and somewhat sickly) Nell Stone, who has made a reputation for herself by studying native tribes in New Guinea. Her husband, also an anthropologist, is more jealous than dutiful, although he does manage to make her feel inadequate for failing to produce a baby. Enter a charming-but-tortured third anthropologist, who at times seems to be unsure to which of his new friends he’s more attracted. Sparks of the emotional and sexual kind fly, but what’s even more interesting is the portrait of a growing friendship based at least partly on philosophy and attitudes toward “primitive” cultures. You know from the beginning that some bad things are going to happen, but it is to King’s great credit (and the fact that she changes some of the events in Mead’s life) that you can’t really guess what they are. This is the best kind of historical novel--the kind that sent me running to read more about its real-life inspiration. --Sara Nelson
Just after a failed suicide attempt, Andrew Bankson, English anthropologist studying the Kiona tribe in the territory of New Guinea, meets a pair of fellow anthropologists fleeing from a cannibalistic tribe down river. Nell Stone is controversial and well respected. Her rough Australian husband, Fen, is envious of her fame and determined to outshine her. Bankson helps them find a new tribe to study, the artistic, female-dominated Tam. Nell’s quiet assurance and love of the work, and Fen’s easy familiarity, pull Bankson back from the brink. But it is the growing fire between him and Nell that they cannot do anything about. Layered on top of that is Nell’s grasp of the nuances of the Tam, which makes it clear that she will once again surpass Fen. Set between the First and Second World Wars, the story is loosely based on events in the life of Margaret Mead. There are fascinating looks into other cultures and how they are studied, and the sacrifices and dangers that go along with it. This is a powerful story, at once gritty, sensuous, and captivating. --Elizabeth DickieSee all Editorial Reviews
Like another of the reviewers I can't imagine why this novel garnered any awards. It seems the only feature distinguishing it from a run-of-the-mill love-triangle story is its... Read morePublished 12 hours ago by RealTime
A trip back in time with fascinating anthropologists to learn how early tribes in foreign countries evolved though customs and beliefs .Published 15 hours ago by J. Soher
This is a good book for readers who like well developed characters and a forward moving story line. The adventure in which the story is situated increased my interest.Published 17 hours ago
I guess I must be more superficial than others...I don't like this book as much as others have rated it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by VA Shopper
Blurs the line between history and fiction. Strongly based on part of the life of Margaret Mead and her husbands.Published 3 days ago by Amelia
Beautiful, heartbreaking love story amidst the journey of three anthropologists exploring tribes in the New Guinea region. Waiting for this to reach the big screen. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lee
Resent pre-set categories, required for completing this review. This was an excellent read.Published 4 days ago by Susan Joyce
Anthropology is a new subject for me - only upon finishing the book have I learned that it was a fictionalized account of a relationship of three real-life anthropologists, which... Read morePublished 7 days ago by alex
Loose fictional account of Margaret Mead's time in New Guinea. Skip it unless you are an anthropology bug and like lots of tribal info.Published 7 days ago by ellen