We found lots to talk about with this book, and it's a solidly good read. The fragmented narrative style shows a creative and mature authorship, and the perspective shifts enhance the story. It is, as has been our pattern in the last 2 reads, a love-triangle story, but this one turns out to be based on the real lives of some of the world's most famous anthropologists. Lily King really did her research, and you'll have to look some things up as well if you want to pick apart her imaginative plot choices. But warning: do not google "tropical ulcers" under any circumstances. You will regret it. Do, however, google images for "rainbow gum trees" and the various tropical critters mentioned in the book.
Another successful night of book club! We met at Mudsmith in Greenville, Dallas--a spacious coffee shop with some couch space in the back room complete with library, winding staircase, and mounted moose head. You know, the hipster Hemingway vibe. Anyway, it was perfect for talking, and the latte was a good latte.
Afterwards, Megan and I dropped by the Greenville Avenue Pizza Company across the street for a slice. They're open till midnight which is great, and they have a cute bar.
The setting is lush and the language is beautiful--one of the best last lines of a book I've read in a while, but the story leaves a little to be desired in the expression of its theme. With a title like "Euphoria," I was needing some larger transcendental moments. Though seeing King's exploration of the fledgling field of anthropology was rewarding, there should have been more of an emotive, climactic drive to the story. Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible achieves this more successfully, I think.
I'm the chronicler of our adventures.