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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,114 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mischa Berlinski Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When 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 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 more 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 the Word in the 1920s and never went back. Finally, Mischa's obssession 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 exquisitely plotted, Fieldwork is a novel about fascination and taboo-scientific, religious, and sexual. It announces an assured and captivating new voice in American fiction. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A lean, interesting tale about, among many other things, the differences between modern and tribal cultures.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A really, really good story is exactly what Fieldwork is…. [A]n intoxicating journey filled with missing souls and vengeful spirits. Terry Hong, The Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/19/2014

    " It didn't grab my attention... so I gave up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 2/19/2014

    " I really loved this book all the way through until the end, which I wasn't crazy about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lara | 2/10/2014

    " Great book about anthropology, missionaries, and Thailand. I loved all the imagery from Thailand and recognized a lot of the places the author was talking about...it's a great book if you've been to Thailand or SE Asia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/9/2014

    " High marks for this one might be due to to my own love of Chiang Mai and the Morse Family, and my fascination with Hill Tribes. Berlinski well-captures how immersion in another culture can transform a soul. I laughed out loud at his descriptions of expats and expats who are missionaries. Some of his paragraphs found me sitting on a little plastic stool in Bangkok, slurping noodles. Others found me wandering through Chiang Mai. A must read for my ELIC friends, especially those of the ATC / Chiang Mai era. "

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