Tuesday, May 27, 2008

45. "Fieldwork" - Mischa Berlinski

An engaging, mythical look at the work of missionaries, an anthropologist, and an author regarding a unique pre-literature tribe in Thailand.

OK, that's my quotable for this finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. Now, the real story.

It is mesmerizing, especially within the first few pages when you say, "But isn't that the same name as the auth- hey? What's going on?" Part mystery, part biography, part autobiography, part love story.

And that is the only place where this book fails. It plants a love story to explain the mystery. I will say no more until more of you read it.

Go read it, with my blessing of a vodka shot. But, so you know, this tribe never existed outside the mind of Mischa Berlinski, and that was the biggest disappointment of all.

4.2 out of 5.0 Mai-Tai Jello Shots.

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