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Fieldwork: A Novel Paperback – January 22, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
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?
Wherein the seduction lies is difficult to relate in a review. Several reviewers have pointed to various aspects of the work that enthrall and hold the reader's interest: the clash of the missionary ethos and the scientific ethos, the overlapping of belief systems, the sympathetic and again, detailed backstories of all the characters. All of these aspects are almost overwhelmingly rich and strange yet even more exciting to the reader, because of the suspense.
But wait. What suspense? This novel isn't a murder mystery in the normal sense in which the term is employed. We are told who killed whom at the outset here. So what are all these readers, yours truly included, experiencing when they call this somewhat cagey book a page-turner? Prospective reader, we are experiencing the suspense of WHY. Why did Martiya van der Leun kill missionary David Walker? What was in him, in her that ultimately caused her to murder him in the mysterious reaches of Northern Thailand where the little-known Dyalo tribe abide?Read more ›
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 ›
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This was a story that just picked me up and carried me away. I've lived in a foreign country and although I didn't study it from a scholar's point of view this book captured what... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Coral Russell
A terrific and fascinating novel, inventive and witty and intriguing.Published 1 month ago by Jolivore
Well written, good use of words, as they all say, but boring in a deep way for me. I have not often been captivated by family tree stuff. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leslie Thomas
I really enjoyed "Fieldwork". Mischa Berlinski not only knows what it is to be an anthropologist he also is a fine writer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sheila Breen Urquidi
It took me a while to get into this book. A Dutch woman who has been convicted of killing a man commits suicide in a Women’s prison in Northern Thailand, but she sends two... Read morePublished 2 months ago by language lover
The book provided interesting insights into Thai culture and cultural anthropology.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
wonderful charachters. I loved the interplay between missionary and anthropological beliefs. also a murder to investigate.Published 2 months ago by Thomas P.
Great read with very interesting cultural references. Perfect if you wish to learn a bit about Thailand like I did.Published 4 months ago by Kristy Nittskoff