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Fieldwork: A Novel Paperback – January 22, 2008
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Terrific read, and highly recommended. I look forward to Mr. Berlinksi's future literary output--maybe something set in Italy, or perhaps involving Haitian voodoo cults?
We also get a good dose of what the Christian missionaries are trying to do and how their work can sometimes seem somewhat arrogant and un-needed. And yet, to some of the converts, leaving their old belief system and joining a much simpler belief system like "The Good News" of Christianity, can be liberating. But once our main character has virtually become a member of this Thai tribe and falls for one of the male members, she is devastated as some of them convert to Christianity.Read more ›
As a Christian leader I especially appreciated the fresh perspective he brought to investigating missionaries and Christianity from an outsider's perspective. Though a lot of the content would offend some Christian readers, this book challenged me to consider how I interact with those who do not fully embrace the faith.
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This novel is so well written that it comes across as totally realistic. Highly detailed in relation to the Thai language and its difficulties, it follows one young female's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by vamcz
Fascinating book delving into the lives of missionaries in Chiang Mai. A little less successful and more of a fantasy when it enters into tribal lives.Published 6 months ago by literophile
This is one of the great novels of the 20th century. I highly recommend it.Published 8 months ago by Marty Charnak
Quite good but not great. Still an interesting and enjoyable read. I was pleasantly surprised that the Missionaries weren't the evil ogres - that's a kind of hackneyed plot... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Judith
This is a stunning, absorbing novel. It is a triumph in all departments of writing. The prose is beautiful, crystalline and evocative. The story is utterly enticing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Lieber
I have read this book and while I admit that I read it to the end and turned the pages to find out what happened, I have a number of reservations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Hoskins
This is an exciting novel, solving the mysteries in it slowly while keeping the reader's attention focused at all times. Read morePublished 11 months ago by DH
A great story and read for those who love novels with an anthropological bentPublished 13 months ago by William Van Tol
This was just too long with way too much detail about a fictional group of people - all the detail didn't end up having anything to do with the murder either. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mountain Girl