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Fieldwork Read & Download ✓ 104 Õ 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 ThailandA 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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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. 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 lost among the details It's also obvious that the author did a great deal of research His characterizations are vividly real and the story is utterly believable and his sense of place is well established to the point where you can hear the birds and feel the oppressive heat of the jungle Every so often I had to keep reminding myself that this book was fictionExpat American young journalist Mischa Berlinski yes he uses his own name for the main character here has come to Thailand with his girlfriend a schoolteacher A local character another expat comes to Mischa with a story about a woman named Martiya van der Leun who came to Thailand some years back to study a hill tribe known as the Dyalo for her PhD work in Anthropology It turns out that Martiya had been sentenced to fifty years in Chiang Mai prison for the murder of a Christian missionary but Martiya had committed suicide while serving her term Berlinski wants to know how this woman went from such a promising life and career to rotting in a Thai prison and sets out to get her story In the course of his own research he delves into the lives of the missionaries the Dyalo Martiya's family her friends lovers and her co workers to try to understand what really happened The book has been criticized by readers for many reasons the biggest one being that there's too much detail about the missionaries or about the Dyalo and that the story gets bogged down but I have to disagree Just as Martiya felt she had to know things from the natives' point of view to really understand these people the reader in this case won't really get the whole story without understanding the various factors that led up to the fateful moment that put Martiya behind the walls of Chiang Mai prisonI loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants an extremely well written and highly intelligent novel Books like this one are rare so you should grab the opportunity

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FieldworkVan 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. This was given to me as an audio download gift from my stepdaughter an anthropologist We both listened at the same time She didn't like it thought it was too superficial a depiction of the field of anthropology and the reader got on her nerves; but I loved itThis story had me in its grip on so many levels First it is a murder mystery which I love and I found it set up and then unraveled in a very interesting way The reader through the protaganist becomes the anthropologist as you piece together the characters' lives that surround the mysteryIt made me really think about what it would mean to observe a culture and how far an anthropologist might become personally entrencheddoes heshe observe or live the life of Where is the line between observing and judging What happens if you lose perspective I also never thought about the frustration at not being able to unravel how traditions or rituals startedthat it just exists and no one can explain why What happens if you choose an area and really hate it What must it be like when you find no one shares in your passion for a place and its people when it is all you are living forexcept perhaps for missionaries I've always been somewhat prejudiced against missionaries but this both confirmed and countered some of my feelings What must the re entry from a different culture back into academia be like It also talks about the life of expats which I've been finding of interest latelyOn top of these thoughts racing through my mind as I read there are amazing descriptions of Thailandthe kind that make you hungry for what the characters are eating or imagine the heat or the smells You know me I started Googling images of the areas he was describing because I wanted I would be curious to see if other anthropologists thought it was hokey or if they liked the depiction of the behind the scenes issues presented to those outside their field I can see where some things might be explained in the extreme or overly fictionalized but for me this was one of those books where fiction has lead me to want to explore the nonfiction It may be one I offer up as a book group pick because I think the discussion potential is good on so many levels