This reading started to affect me the minute the White Mary plunged her foot into the wet New Guinea jungle and discovered the first leech. This is a trek the author herself survived and also wrote about in Four Corners, a nonfiction which I will definitely read asap. The relationships of the white woman to the New Guinea tribal people was fascinating: uncomfortable, frustrating, and scary...as were her love relationships. The insights of the main character are lingering and relevant to me even though I haven't experienced anything like this in my life or my reading. Now I have experienced remote New Guinea on foot and the cost of being a fearless modern journalist vicariously through this adventurous book. I read many to find one book that affects me like this.
This reading was greatly entertaining to me. I loved Dexter: he's like a computer portrait mating between Jimmy Stewart in It's A Wonderful Life and Hannibal Lector; definitely a "third thing"(better than the sum of its parts). I hope the author does not formulate an obvious series, if it means he'll have no time left to create other great pieces.
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