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Australian writer Moran's narrative begins with a discussion of cannibal etiquette, but his work exploring Papua New Guinea is far more substantial than that, deconstructing the generalizations made about this strange and picturesque locale. One of the last places to be explored by Europeans, the Melanesian islands and culture offer up the stuff of great narrative then-magic, myth, and natural beauty-and great tragedy now-alcoholism, tribal fighting, crime, and corruption. Moran does a nice job of weaving the diaries and letters of previous explorers and visitors into his current descriptions, painting a comprehensive picture of a society coming to grips with a magical and violent past, sudden transition from Stone Age to modernity, and equally sudden independence from Australia in 1975. The result is a wonderful and tragic portrait of a place one may not want to visit but will certainly want to read about. A fairly extensive bibliography and index make the work appropriate for student researchers of anthropology and indigenous cultures. Recommended for all libraries with travel collections.-Mari Flynn, Glendale Community Coll., AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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May 01, 2004
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