At Play in the Fields of the Lord

At Play in the Fields of the Lord

Book - 1991
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In a malarial outpost in the South American rain forest, two misplaced gringos converge and clash in this novel from the National Book Award-winning author. Martin Quarrier has come to convert the elusive Niaruna Indians to his brand of Christianity. Lewis Moon, a stateless mercenary who is himself part Indian, has come to kill them on the behalf of the local comandante . Out of this struggle Peter Matthiessen creates an electrifying moral thriller--adapted into a movie starring John Lithgow, Kathy Bates, and Tom Waits. A novel of Conradian richness, At Play in the Fields of the Lord explores both the varieties of spiritual experience and the politics of cultural genocide.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1991
ISBN: 9780679737414
Branch Call Number: MATTHIE
Characteristics: 373 p


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Sep 28, 2016

Snow Leopard might be good but this was a little too grim to read while reading American Heiress especially.

Jul 12, 2016

Intriguing, if not entirely successful, clash of civilizations novel from the award-winning author of "The Snow Leopard." In a remote jungle in South America, American missionaries, a cynical mercenary, and the native tribes battle over religion, culture, and land. None of the characters are particularly well-drawn and his critique of Western involvement in Latin America is fuzzy. Kingslover's "The Poisonwood Bible" is a better, more nuanced treatment of a similar subject. Made into a film in 1991 with Tom Berenger, John Lithgow, Tom Waits, and Daryl Hannah.

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