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Return To Laughter: An Anthropological Novel

Elenore Smith Bowen.
Item #: D02760
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 320 / 1987
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780385053129
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"I also tried, and was finally able, to hold between my cupped hands, a strong, angry and ruffled rooster with seeming ease and without a pause in my flow of compliments." A pioneering female anthropologist, Laura Bohannan (1922-2002) lived among the Tiv tribe of Nigeria, but turning to fiction, she took the name Elenore Smith Bowen and penned this fascinating 1954 novel about her experiences. Bowen's narrator provides a vivid, moment by moment account of what it means to prepare for a long sojourn in Africa, then find yourself among a people who practice witchcraft and live according to a completely unfamiliar set of rules.

"The first introspective account ever published of what it's like to be a field worker among a primitive people."—Margaret Mead


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