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Far Afield

by Susanna Kaysen

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A compulsively readable novel of enormous charm swimming in the cuisine and culture of the Faroe Islands from the author of Girl, Interrupted. Jonathan Brand, a graduate student in anthropology, has decided to do his fieldwork in the remote Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic.  But, despite his Harvard training, he can barely understand, let alone "study," the culture he encounters.  From his struggles with the local cuisine to his affair with the Danish woman the locals want him to marry, Jonathan is both repelled by and drawn into the Faroese way of life. Wry and insightful, Far Afield reveals Susanna Kaysen's gifts of imagination, satire, and compassion.… (more)
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An American anthropologist spends a year in the Faroe Islands trying to unravel the simplicities and complexities of life on the secluded islands. A bit slow to start, but interesting enough in its exoticness to continue. A descriptive and sometimes unsettling look at a little known culture. ( )
  poetreegirl | Oct 19, 2018 |
I usually don't really enjoy books written in the first person from a male's perspective, but this one was an exception. What happens when an overachieving Harvard grad student ends up in the middle of nowhere in Iceland for research? ( )
1 vote purplehena | Mar 31, 2013 |
This book affected me powerfully when I read it in my mid-twenties. I need to re-read it to see if it still has the same force and meaning more than a decade later, but I suspect it will. ( )
2 vote mamacate | Jun 15, 2006 |
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A compulsively readable novel of enormous charm swimming in the cuisine and culture of the Faroe Islands from the author of Girl, Interrupted. Jonathan Brand, a graduate student in anthropology, has decided to do his fieldwork in the remote Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic.  But, despite his Harvard training, he can barely understand, let alone "study," the culture he encounters.  From his struggles with the local cuisine to his affair with the Danish woman the locals want him to marry, Jonathan is both repelled by and drawn into the Faroese way of life. Wry and insightful, Far Afield reveals Susanna Kaysen's gifts of imagination, satire, and compassion.

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