Euphoria

Euphoria Inspired by the true story of a woman who changed the way we understand our world In three young gifted anthropologists are thrown together in the jungle of New Guinea They are Nell Stone fasci

  • Title: Euphoria
  • Author: Lily King
  • ISBN: 9781447286196
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • Inspired by the true story of a woman 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 stumbles into the liInspired by the true story of a woman 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 stumbles into the lives of this strange couple and becomes totally enthralled Within months the trio are producing their best ever work, but soon a firestorm of fierce love and jealousy begins to burn out of control, threatening their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives

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    1. Three anthropologists form a circumstantial friendship in the 1930s while studying tribes in Papua, New Guinea. American Nell Stone (who is inspired by Margaret Mead) already has a best selling book on natives of the Solomon Islands. Nell's Australian husband, Fen, is jealous of her success, and is often reproachful and competitive. He is desperate to make a name for himself, and, instead of collaborating with Nell, he keeps his work hidden. However, Fen admits to a genuine regard for his wife's [...]

    2. As they were leaving the Mumbanyo, someone threw something at them. It bobbed a few yards from the stern of the canoe. A pale brown thing. ‘Another dead baby,’ Fen said.He had broken her glasses by then, so she didn’t know if he was joking.That’s the beginning of this gem! I was a goner before I knew what hit me. Don’t worry, the book isn’t full of dead babies, but it’s full of life and gorgeous writing and intriguing characters and I can’t end this sentence because I can’t sto [...]

    3. I picture Lily King in her office, surrounded by a library’s worth of research materials. Drafts of Euphoria are stacked in descending towers along one wall, each draft a stair-step lower. 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 imagination the way hard, cold stone warms like flesh under the hand. Euphoria was inspired by anthropologist Margaret Mead and her experiences along the Se [...]

    4. To begin with I had the feeling I was really going to enjoy this. There wasn’t going to be any wizardry or groundbreaking technique to this novel. Rather it seemed it would be a riveting story told by an accomplished writer with a passion for her subject and a very easy and poised prose style. Quickly there’s a sense that the real tribes under scrutiny here are men and women. But I felt King could have been a little more subtle and certainly more probing with this anthropological irony. Then [...]

    5. Holy moly, I couldn't put down the last third of this incredible book. Review to followwhen I catch my breath!Okay, breath caught. Pretty obvious, I loved this book! Yes, it's the story of early anthrolopology, loosely based on Margaret Mead. When I started reading, I thought it was good, but also a little slow. However, once I got into the second half I literally couldn't put it down! The story revolves around three main characters, Nell, her husband Fen, and fellow anthropologist Bankson. What [...]

    6. Euphoria is my new favourite read of 2015. The title itself captivated me until the story grabbed and pulled at me and I, too, felt intense pleasure and well being. It’s New Guinea circa 1932. Three anthropologists - Nell and Fen, a couple, and Andrew who travels solo, meet up at a Christmas party after having travelled to the inner most remote areas of the region seeking out tribes and attempting to decipher cultures. This friendship creates an opportunity to shed the loneliness and isolation [...]

    7. Judge a book by its cover? Absolutely with Euphoria! I was completely transported to the setting in New Guinea and three days after finishing I’m still thinking about it. The book is loosely based on the lives of anthropologists, Margaret Mead and her first and second husbands, and left me wanting to know more about each of them. I say loosely based because the author added her own twist to the story that tugged at my heartstrings. But regardless of who they were, I loved these fascinating cha [...]

    8. "She told me that the Tam believed that love grows in the stomach, and that they went around clutching their bellies when their hearts were broken. 'You are in my stomach,' was their most intimate expression of love.'"I love books about anthropology, and in this historical fiction read, King takes the reader deep into the river villages of New Guinea in the 1930s. Andrew Bankston, an English anthropologist, has been studying a friendly river tribe for several years by himself. Overcome with lone [...]

    9. "I can feel the relationships, the likes & dislikes in the room in a way I could never speak.You don't realize how language actually interferes with communication until youdon't have it, how it gets in the way like and overdominant sense"."Nell was laughing with him and I wasn't sure what had just happened: who had askedthe questions, whose questions were asked, how he got that story out for him whenhe did not want to tell it, when he had kept it a secret all his life. Bolunta. They 'want' t [...]

    10. I love the interplay between the personal and scientific outlooks on human nature in this fictional rendering of the life of Margaret Mead and her husband during their fieldwork living with a New Guinea tribe in the 30s. This is not historical fiction in the sense of trying to recreate a possibly real version of actual events, but a use of a historical figures and situations as a launching pad for an imagined story. How does the interplay between the subjective and objective work out for anthrop [...]

    11. I don’t know much about cultural anthropology, and only vaguely recognize the name Margaret Mead (apparently her work is considered “old-fashioned” and “quaint” in current academic circles), but Lily King’s compact and brilliant novel has now made me curious about both. The book was inspired by the few months in 1933 in which Mead, an American, her second husband Reo Fortune, an Australian, and Gregory Bateson (an Englishman, who would become her third husband) spent together on the [...]

    12. Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just [...]

    13. EuphoriaPlease be aware that my review contain what could be considered spoilers!!!!I read somewhere that Euphoria is a novel of ideas. At its center, the novel follows three young anthropologists and the very strange romantic triangle that takes place between them in the early 1930’s during a short period of time when their lives and careers intersected along the Sepik River in New Guinea. Lily King based the main three characters, Nell Stone, Fenwick Schuyler & Andrew Bankson, on the liv [...]

    14. The Hook - Just read the glowing reviews and you’ll understand why I had to read Euphoria. My sincere thanks also to our Adult Services Librarian, Cait, at my public library for her endorsement of this book. The Line – “But she was aware the story you think you know is never the real one.”The Sinker – I don’t know much about Margaret Mead’s life except that she was a cultural anthropologist. Loosely based on Mead’s life, Euphoria may find me scrambling to learn more. Anthropology [...]

    15. "The Mumbanyo kill their twins, she told me close to morning, because two babies meant two different lovers."The remote villages of 1930's New Guinea really come to life in this descriptive story of three anthropologists who interview and document their interactions with native tribes as they live in their environment.As relationships develop and dubious personalities show their true form, it becomes apparent there is evil in the air and danger on the waywith one character in particular you will [...]

    16. I had trouble getting through this book. I found the story rather boring and the characters only partially developed. The historic significance of cultural anthropology in New Guinea during the 1930's was very interesting as was the protagonist's character being based on Margaret Mead. This created the groundwork for an interesting historical fiction. Ms. King appears to have difficulty differentiating between an ethnographic field study as opposed to a treatise on a particular tribe. Ethnograph [...]

    17. 4.5★I loved this exotic tale of three anthropologists in New Guinea during the 1930s. While they are observing, studying, and disrupting the lives of the tribes they are living amongst, the reader feels like a fourth character watching the dangerous fascinations, jealousy, and erotic tension that escalate between the two men and one woman. At only 256 pages that stealthily turn like a cat through the jungle, there is no superfluousness here. The wonderful pacing and prose keeps you reading in [...]

    18. It has been a while since I had the urge to literally bring a book to my chest and hold it there for a few moments after finishing it, but with this book I not only had the urge, I embraced it. (And therefore the book, because I am both literal and ridiculous.) This is one of those rare books I feel compelled to order for my closest friends (Maria, consider yourself warned!) rather than just recommend, because it's just that good. The tone, like the prose itself, is gorgeous and evocative, the s [...]

    19. Euphoria will definitely be added to my favorites shelf. Truly mesmerizing.'Do you have a favorite part of all this?' she asked. 'All what?' I said. 'This work.' Favorite part? There was little at this point that didn't make me want to run with stones straight back to the river. I shook my head. 'You first.' She looked surprised, as if she hadn't expected the question to come back at her. She narrowed her grey eyes. 'It's that moment about two months in, when you think you've finally got a handl [...]

    20. Loosely based on the experiences of real-life anthropologists Margaret Mead, Reo Fortune, and Gregory Bateson, Euphoria is a captivating work of historical fiction. Set in the 1930’s Territory of New Guinea, the setting is exotic and the various cultures in the region are intriguing. I became immediately interested in learning about the tribes living along the Sepik River right along with the fictionalized characters Nell Stone and her husband Fen, and the depressed and isolated Andrew Bankson [...]

    21. ***NO SPOILERS***Every single plot point is underdeveloped in this book. It paints an incomplete portrait of tribes in New Guinea and of an anthropologist’s fieldwork. The “passionate love triangle” promised in the summary is quite unpassionate and more of a side plot. This love triangle also doesn’t threaten the three main characters’ lives, careers, and bonds, as the summary states. Here’s a perfect example of a book that’s won a handful of prizes but isn’t necessarily deservin [...]

    22. I wasn't quite sure what I really expected in Euphoria by Lily King. I did know that this novel would be based loosely on life encounters of the anthropologist Margaret Mead.What actually made my eyelashes flutter was the character of Andrew Bankson. Lily King develops him beautifully throughout the book. It is Bankson who touches the heart and the soul. Bankson and his brothers are the tragic products of life energy spent in pleasing others and in the senseless pursuit of outward approval. Ente [...]

    23. “The story you think you know is never the real one.” What a great novel about the love triangle between three anthropologists (one American, one English, and one Australian) working among the tribes of Papua New Guinea in the 1930s. Apparently it’s based on the lives of Margaret Mead and two of her husbands, but knowledge of the real-life antecedents is unnecessary; this book is its own intense, self-contained world. Two other novels I’ve read in the past few years, The People in the Tr [...]

    24. I loved this quiet, fascinating book about a love triangle between 3 anthropologists in New Guinea in the 1930’s. Lily King poignantly captures a moment in history where tribes and their cultures are still undiscovered, letters and journals are still handwritten and time flows thick as molasses. A deep breath inhaled and held, just before the world changes forever.Lovely writing and a perfect, haunting ending.

    25. This book sounded so good since it was loosely based on anthropologist Margaret Mead’s life when she and her husband were doing research on the natives in New Guinea.Mead, named Nell, in the book, just got on a boat going nowhere, and notices two other couples taking the same voyage as she and her husband. She describes the women as “lily white, well dressed with pearls around their necks.” Kind of like that. The natives that got on the boat wore necklaces made of boar and jaguar teeth and [...]

    26. Early 1930's finds Banks on living with the Kiona tribe in New Guineas. Depressed due to his solitude and loneliness, he tries to take his own life, an attempt that fails. Nell Stone and her husband Fen, have just left the tribe, a very violent one, that they have been studying. Bankson finds them a tribe on the Sepik river, an hour away from the Kiona by boat.This was an extremely interesting read, the tribal customs, their rituals and beliefs, the way they related to each other are all display [...]

    27. I don't think I really even knew what anthropology was until I read Euphoria. I had just lumped it in with archeology and dismissed it as the study of something old and kind of boring and never really thought about it. Turns out I was wrong on both counts, because it really has nothing to do with archeology and it's also quite fascinating. It helps that the book is amazingly well-researched and seems so assured on the topic - in fact, I don't think I've ever read something that so seamlessly ble [...]

    28. 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 [...]

    29. Fascinating Novel Inspired by the Life of Margaret MeadApparently Lily King got the idea for this absorbing short novel from a biography of anthropologist Margaret Mead.Mead has gone out of fashion. In this hypersexualized age of social media oversharing and selfies, it's hard to imagine how revolutionary her work was at the time. But it was. Her studies of adolescent sexuality in the South Pacific were jaw dropping at the time of publication.The time frame is around 1933.The characters are base [...]

    30. I had a review copy of this book for months last year and now I'm kicking myself for never getting into it. At the same time, it fits perfectly into my month of reading books from and about New Guinea, so the bookish universe must have known I needed to wait.I've read several novels about anthropologists - some I loved, like Mating by Norman Rush, and some I liked slightly less but still enjoyed, like State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.In Euphoria, Lily King takes the person of Margaret Mead and he [...]

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