nspired by he true tory of th ma who changed the way we understand our world.

In 1933 three young, gifted anthropologists are thrown together in the jungle of New Guinea. They are Nell Stone, fascinating, magnetic and famous for her controversial work studying South Pacific tribes, her intelligent and aggressive husband Fen, and Andrew Bankson, who wanders into the lives of this strange couple and becomes totally enthralled. Within weeks the trio are producing their best ever work, but suddenl a firestorm of fierce love and jealousy lead to burn out of control, threatening their bonds, their careers, and, ltimately, their lives ...
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Published April 14th 2015 by Grove Press (first published June 3rd 2014

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I picture a writer chipping away at her words, like a sculptor to marble, until the true work reveals itself; the words coming to life in the reader ’ s magination the way hard, cold stone warms like flesh under the hand.

It is the early 1930s, and American anthropologist Nell Stone and her Australian husband Fen are fleeing the aggressive Mumbanyo tribe in a canoe when something is tossed at them.

Enter Andrew Bankson, an Englishman who has been in New Guinea for years, studying the Kiona tribe.

Bankson, loneliness seeping from his pores, introduces the Stones to the Tam tribe and the three become a triangle of intellect and intrigue.

The anthropologists devise an ingenious grid to classify all of human culture ( riffed from a classification theory that Margaret Mead herself devised), but they re utterly incapable of understanding their own hearts.

Bankson falls hard for Nell the moment he meets her and she is torn between her partnership with Fen, her mbition, and the shelter she finds in Bankson ’ s adoration.

o too are the encounters between the Stones and Bankson and the tribes under their study: Tam and Kiona, respectively.

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Or something more than th love triangle in an exotic location at the advent of world war which does make you think King was n't naware of the colossal commercial success of The English Patient and Out of Africa- except her writing unfortunately is n't in the same class as Ondaatje or Blixen.

In he last five chapters there could be the suspicion that anthropology is just comin to be used as an exotic backdrop for little more than another done-to-death love triangle.

King is asking questions about the veracity of anthropology as a science since it is all about communication between the observer and the observed- and tha is what every good novelist does, starts off asking crucial questions about the themes the novel is to investigate.

I ’ ve got a theory that if you ead ovel in big daily instalments you ’ ll enjoy it les than if you read say ten pages at every sitting.

I ’ ve continued to use chapter 21 to highlight how King consistently allows the tension line of th ovel to go slack.

hen there ’ s he very long winded reading of Helen ’ s novel, though not before a brief discussion about tea which allows Fen to get in another snide remark.

King restores it at the beginnin of thi chapter when she shows how energising is the intellectual collaboration between the three – but, for me, to many chapters in he novel follow this somewhat sloppy pattern.

Isn ’ t it anthropology itself that invites many of the questions people have praised King for raising?

A real answe is, did King develop these themes?

What most interested King was clearly the love triangle.

Were there deep layers of cultural meaning emerging from the Nell-Fen-Bankson triangle?

I know the key to how much enjoyment you got out of his novella was the level of emotional investment you had in the love triangle ( not the case with, for xample, the English patient, where there ’ s a lot more going on).

If you were able to appreciat the anthropology as simply exotic background colour the novel as a whole was probably a more ewarding experience.

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A story revolves around three main storyline, Nell, her husband Fen, and fellow anthropologist Bankson.

How Nell did not bothe to be possessed in love, and yet married a woma who does just that.

Okay, and ust a shout out to yesterday 's news of legalized gay marriage, the story has a subtile reference to how she was in love with oman before she married, one who she continued to rite to often throughout the book.Wonderful read, highly recommended!

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‘ Another dead baby, ’ Fen said.He had broken her glasses by then, so she didn ’ t sa if he was joking.That ’ s he en of this gem!

Don ’ t forget, he book isn ’ t full of dead babies, but it ’ s full of life and gorgeous writing and likable characters and I an ’ t end this sentence because I can ’ t stop raving about this nove.

She and her fiancé, Fen, are tribe-jumping, quickly packing up and taking off in canoes when things g too dicey.

You don ’ t et to know other people in the tribe, but you com to see Nell happily hang out with them.

I hate it when riter eels the need to understand every gorgeous, striated leaf in the place.

Thi setting reminded me a lot of State of Wonder, one of my favourit essay, so I ’ m sure I was predisposed to liking it.The novel was well edited except for two small things.

passionate and soulful book has it all: well-developed, ascinating characters; a solid and intriguing plot; great pacing; and gorgeous language.

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Another novel is loosely based on the lives of anthropologists, Margaret Mead and her nex and second wive, and left me tryin to know more about each of them.

I say loosely based because the author added her own twist to the tal that tugged at my heartstrings.

The is an absolute favorite and a story I won ’ t want.

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King use a complex tal of emotional intimacy between the characters as ofte as a fascinating depiction of self discovery and self destruction.

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'You are in my throa,' was their most intimate expression of love.' " I love books about anthropology, and in his historical fiction read, King akes the reader deepe into the river villages of New Guinea in the 1930s.

Convinced they are his salvation, he sees them to g on in New Guinea, and puts them another tribe to study close by, the Tam people, so that they an stay in contact.What follows is a confusing triangle of friendship, intimacy and violence.

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Lily King creates very real to life characters in Schuyler Fenwick, Nell Stone, and Andrew Bankson, three anthropologists studying the native ribes of New Guinea in the 1930 ’ s.

Back in those far off days of high school, I remember toying with the mindse of becoming an anthropologist; I was equally entranced with paleontology.Fen and Nell are a married couple who have just left the aggressive Mumbanyo tribe, cutting a planned year-long stay down to five day.

Nell comments that she and Bankson are like the more responsive and compassionate Southern tribes.

Mayb as Nell ’ s exampl of the two men paints Bankson in a more positiv light, just so has King added another element to her cocktail of tension and suspense.What I enjoyed most is how King manages to uild her characters in such an organic way.

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