Recent Projects: EUPHORIA
9 Pins
· 87 Followers
EUPHORIA, by Lily King “Set between the First and Second World Wars, the story is loosely based on events in the life of Margaret Mead. There are fascinating looks into other cultures and how they are studied, and the sacrifices and dangers that go along with it. This is a powerful story, at once gritty, sensuous, and captivating.” – Booklist
Interview with Lily King on EUPHORIA. National bestselling and award-winning author Lily King's new novel is the story of three young, gifted anthropologists in the 1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.

National bestselling and award-winning author Lily King's new novel is the story of three young, gifted anthropologists in the caught in a passionate l.

Fascinating that King loosely based EUPHORIA on events in the lives of Margaret Mead, Rio Fortune and Gregory Bateson. While King deftly makes Nell, Fen and Bankson her own, I found the underlying bits of reality extremely compelling. When reading Mead's notes or viewing photos/field footage of her & Bateson's time in Papua New Guinea, found myself at Nell's & Fen's field house w/the Tam, or w/Bankson in a Spirit House, watching the Kiona dance...similar this Iatmul tribal dance.

The Tribal Music & Dance of The Iatmul Tribe Of Papua New Guinea!

A look at the Sepik River region (and an impromptu celebration at the end). The lush landscape, so untouched by development, is heartening. Bankson, Nell and Fen would have arrived on the shore of Lake Tam in much the same way - motorized, narrow canoe.

Whilst living with the locals in a small village on the Sepik river they put on a dance for us.

When I was in Malaysia a million years back, I was stunned by how much LIFE was heard out there, beyond our comfy, air-conditioned house. What must have it sounded like where Bankson was? What did he hear at night? Love LOVE that Tim Prebble, a film sound designer, posted his field recordings of Papua New Guinea (he was prepping sound for a film). Read his excellent post and take a listen!

Tim Prebble, a film sound designer, posted his field recordings of Papua New Guinea (he was prepping sound for a film). Read his excellent post and take a listen!

Love the interweaving of the real with the fictional. Here's a snapshot of the Angoram Club (though in the 60s, not 30s), the outpost through which most goods and travelers moved in PNG.

Love the interweaving of the real with the fictional. Here's a snapshot of the Angoram Club (though in the not the outpost through which most goods and travelers moved in PNG.

EUPHORIA is one of those reads that left me both sated and bereft at the end. Such a lush portrait of anthropological field work, and as it's loosely based on life events of Margaret Mead, intriguing...had me looking up tribes and artifacts, places, tidbits. Think I'll document that little journey next week...stay tuned. Feel blessed to be voicing small bits of this alongside Simon Vance for Blackstone Audio.

An Independent Literary Publisher Since 1917

Recording Nell's journals/notes has been a powerful experience. At times it's a powerful emotional experience reported alongside anthropological observations that sears me, but there are also compelling peripheral comments that have me researching various things...such as "blackbirding," the deceptive luring of tribal members into forced labor. Excellent, indepth news piece on it (with audio).

Vanuatu is calling for an apology over the practice known as 'blackbirding', when Pacific Islanders were used as labourers in Queensland.

Pinterest
Search