Thursday, February 11, 2016

EuphoriaEuphoria by Lily King
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Historical fiction loosely based on the lives of Margaret Mead, her husband Reo Fortune, and fellow anthropologist Gregor Bateson in 1930's New Guinea. I wanted to like the book more than I did and was disappointed the author chose to veer away from the actual history of the relationship between these three persons, ending their story in a sudden disappointing way. At times the writing is almost lovely...but it never really thrilled me and I was repulsed by the overly descriptive exploration of sexual norms, the psychological abuse, and the lack of the story to ever go anywhere. I am ready to read something uplifting now.

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