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review Fieldwork 103 A daring spellbinding tale of anthropologists missionaries demon possession sexual taboos murder and an obsessed young reporter named Mischa BerlinskiWhen his girlfriend takes a job as a schoolteacher in northern Thailand Mischa Berlinski goes along for the ride working as little as possible for one of Thailand’s English language newspapers One evening a fellow expatriate tips him off to a story A charismatic American anthropologist Martiya. This is without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read This story of an anthropologist who murders a missionary in Thailand reads like the best journalistic nonfic from the details of the remote Thai tribe s customs to the footnotes that referred to specific personal letters that belonged to the anthropologist But here s the kicker IT S ALL FICTION If I didn t have so many books on my TBR I would read it again to see how the frick the author pulled off such a feat And he s the same age as me What in the sam scratch am I doing with my life If you enjoyed books like Under the Banner of Heaven or The Devil in the White City Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America which are true nonfiction you re gonna get a kick out of this one

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review Fieldwork 103 The Word in the 1920s and never went back Finally Mischa’s obsession takes him into the world of the Thai hill tribes whose way of life becomes a battleground for two competing and utterly American ways of looking at the world Vivid passionate funny deeply researched and page turningly plotted Fieldwork is a novel about fascination and taboo scientific religious and sexual It announces an assured and captivating new voice in American fiction. Fieldwork is rich in scene and setting and from the very beginning has this intriguing thread that makes the reader want to continue Then Berlinski who inserts himself into the story but somehow still fictionalized departs completely from this thread to detail four generations of an American missionary family in southeast Asia for a good chunk of the book Not a single mention of the first story this DutchIndonesianAmerican anthropologist in prison for murder until over the halfway mark That s the story I and probably most of the readership wanted but had to wait for Piecing together a life based on other people s impressions observations and interactions it s been done before and it is done in an interesting way here So gives that fieldwork title several new connotationsHonestly I didn t know whether I should be angry or impressed that he Berlinski was able to get away with this But I guess it was enough to keep me going and if it had ever gotten really bad I would have uit But I didn t so there s that glowing recommendationMy 3 star rating is like a 375 but kicking it up to 4 stars felt disingenuous

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review Fieldwork 103 Van der Leun has been found dead a suicide in the Thai prison where she was serving a fifty year sentence for murder Motivated first by simple curiosity then by deeper and mysterious feelings Mischa searches relentlessly to discover the details of Martiya’s crime His search leads him to the origins of modern anthropology and into the family history of Martiya’s victim a brilliant young missionary whose grandparents left Oklahoma to preach. Stephen King recommended book He says This is a great story It has an exotic locale mystery and a narrative voice full of humor and sadness Reading Fieldwork is like discovering an unpublished Robertson Davies novel as with Davies you can t stop reading until midnight good and you don t hate yourself in the morning better It s a Russian doll of a read filled with stories within stories The first belongs to the book s narrator also called Mischa Berlinski The fictional Berlinski is a lazy ass journalist in Thailand who makes out barely reviewing books music and men s clothes Mischa s friend Josh has his own story to tell You ever been in a Thai jail he asks Mischa over lunch and we re off and running Prison is where Josh met Martiya van der Leun an American anthropologist who studied an obscure mountain tribe ended up in prison for the murder of a missionary and killed herself by swallowing a ball of opium what a way to go All this happens in the first 15 pages and I defy any reader not to press on The core of Fieldwork is the Maugham esue tragedy of Martiya who loses not just one culture but two for the oldest reason in the world love It s also the story of David Walker who leaves his missionary calling to follow Jerry Garcia and his bandmates across America He is called back to Thailand and his fatal appointment with Martiya when he hears Jerry sing a hymn at a Dead concert in Eugene Oregon It s the mystery of Martiya and David that tugs the reader through these colorful smoothly written pages How could two such fundamentally nice people end up as murderer and victim Berlinski eventually provides an answer that s as shocking as it is satisfyingHe also says I ve already written about this one and once is enough Suffice it to say there hasn t been a readable story about religions in conflict since Somerset Maugham created Sadie Thompson The fact that Berlinski gives the Christians a fair shake is a breath of fresh airGroup read Oct Nov 2011 Books Stephen King Recommends111911 We read this one for our group read and at first I didn t know if I was going to enjoy it But I did I really began to care about the characters and found I was immersed in looking at worlds I would never be able to see with my own eyes the world of the missionaries and their generations of work and the world of Martyia and the Dyalo tribe The fact that David and Maritya are both heading on a collision course adds the mystery to this novel It s not a face paced thrilling read but I found it extremely interesting and moving Stephen King chose a good one to rave about


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  1. says: PDF Fieldwork summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Mischa Berlinski

    PDF Fieldwork This was a strange but intriguing work The mystery and culture were both elegant and engaging the characters well drawn and real However the author was self indulgent in several ways most obviously by casting himself as the narrator and most notably by suddenly steering away from the main story to delve into a too detailed family history that seems like it could have been its own novel and not one I would hav

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    PDF Fieldwork This is a freaky little book with its twisting turning perspective a novel that reads like a first person memoir of the motive for another person's killing I didn't trust the form or the narrator but the Grateful Dead parking lot scene seemed genuine so I thought I'd better have a look at what other people thought of it what a mistake I think I will stick with my original response I wish Mischa Berlinski's protagonist

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    PDF Fieldwork This is without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read This story of an anthropologist who murders a missionary in Thailand reads like the best journalistic nonfic from the details of the remote Thai tribe's customs to the footnotes that referred to specific personal letters that belonged to the anthropologist But

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    Mischa Berlinski ´ 3 read PDF Fieldwork This was given to me as an audio download gift from my stepdaughter an anthropologist We both listened at the same time She

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    Mischa Berlinski ´ 3 read summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Mischa Berlinski PDF Fieldwork Stephen King recommended book He says This is a great story It has an exotic locale mystery and a narrative voice

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    PDF Fieldwork summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Mischa Berlinski summary Fieldwork Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski is a well crafted absorbing novel that fuses travel anthropology and mystery In many respect

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    summary Fieldwork Mischa Berlinski ´ 3 read summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Mischa Berlinski The best way to get me to read something is to put a physical copy in my hands which is what my friend Tammy did with this book accompanied by the warning that this had nothing to with biology as both the title and our shared predilectionobsession for that subject would suggest So warned I began and was immediately swept into this wonderfully digressive semi fictional portrait of expats missionaries and the hill tribes of northe

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    Mischa Berlinski ´ 3 read summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Mischa Berlinski summary Fieldwork In an afterword to this novel the author notes that at first he was going to write a nonfiction book about Christian missionary work among a Thai native tribe but then changed his mind I'm so glad he did Fieldwork is one of those rare novels that comes along in which the uality of writing is simply exuisite The story is good well plotted and holds throughout the novel and the thread of continuity never gets lo

  9. says: Mischa Berlinski ´ 3 read PDF Fieldwork

    PDF Fieldwork Fieldwork is rich in scene and setting and from the very beginning has this intriguing thread that makes the reader want to continue Then Berlinski who inserts himself into the story but somehow still fictionalized? departs completely from this thread to detail four generations of an American missionary family in southeast Asia for a good chunk of the book Not a single mention of the first story this DutchIndonesianAmerican anth

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    PDF Fieldwork summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Mischa Berlinski This story was excellent so rich and complicated and layered and delicious to read The anthropologists in this story doing fieldwork studying tribes culture and human behavior were awe inspiring The author himself was clearly an anthropologist of sorts and this novel seemed a study of the intricacies of human beings and he seemed driven by a deep curiosity about why someone is compelled to do something I happily went along for t

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