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THE ACCIDENTAL ANTHROPOLOGIST

A Memoir

By Michael Jackson

Publisher : Longacre Press, Dunedin
Date : 2006
Format : Softcover
Pages : 352 pages
Dimensions : 23 x 15 cm.
Illustrations : Eight pages of b+w photos
Condition : Good to Very Good condition. Light wear to the covers. Light ageing to the page edges.

One of the key figures in Michael Jackson's unorthodox and extraordinary memoir observes, "We do not own our own lives - we are not in sole possession of the truth about ourselves." Faithful to this view, Jackson delivers his remarkable life in subtle shadings, half-tones, and haunting, melodious lines.

From his New Zealand beginnings, when he associated with James K. Baxter, Fleur Adcock, Bob Lowry and others, Jackson's quest has taken him across Paris in the footsteps of his literary hero, Blaise Cendrars, to the doss-houses of London, among the remote Kuranko People of Sierra Leone, and into the Australian desert. this award-winning poet, ethnographer and novelist likens his life course to that of a shape-shifter, making it apparent that our lives are as various as the bonds we form and the social landscapes through which we move.

The Accidental Anthropologist is a magnificent memoir: astute, absorbing and deeply illuminating.



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