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Mating

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by Norman Rush, Marty Asher (Editor)
 

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The narrator of this splendidly expansive novel of high intellect and grand passion is an American anthropologist at loose ends in the South African republic of Botswana. She has a noble and exacting mind, a good waist, and a busted thesis project. She also has a yen for Nelson Denoon, a charismatic intellectual who is rumored to have founded a secretive and

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The narrator of this splendidly expansive novel of high intellect and grand passion is an American anthropologist at loose ends in the South African republic of Botswana. She has a noble and exacting mind, a good waist, and a busted thesis project. She also has a yen for Nelson Denoon, a charismatic intellectual who is rumored to have founded a secretive and unorthodox utopian society in a remote corner of the Kalahari—one in which he is virtually the only man. What ensues is both a quest and an exuberant comedy of manners, a book that explores the deepest canyons of eros even as it asks large questions about the good society, the geopolitics of poverty, and the baffling mystery of what men and women really want.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune Books
A complex and moving love story...breathtaking in its cunningly intertwined intellectual sweep and brio.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers of this National Book Award-winning novel will be captivated by Rush's narrator, a self-absorbed feminist anthropologist who pursues a famous social scientist in the Kalahari desert.
Library Journal
As in Whites, Rush's first collection of stories, this novel juxtaposes the relationship of two white Americans in Botswana against village life in that country. A woman anthropologist narrates her pursuit of and life with Nelson Denoon, a utopian socialist who set up an experimental matriarchal culture among poor African women in a remote area. Having met Denoon at a party, the anthropologist undertakes a dangerous trek alone through the Kalahari to Tsau, the site. After she gains the acceptance of the women, she is permitted to join Denoon, and their love story develops, interspersed with incidents in the village. Though there is plenty of action and interaction among the characters, this is largely a novel of ideas and anthropological information. The humor is at a sophisticated level, as is the vocabulary. -- Ann Sapp, Montgomery County Deptartment of Public Libraries, Maryland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679737094
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
594,642
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.99(d)

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Mating 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a great deal. It is interesting that the 1st reviewer makes the point that these characters are white and therefore cannot possibly have anything to offer an African. Anyway, be that as it may, this was a good story with a lot of interesting ideas about developement, Africa, male -female relations and conflicts, western civ vs, pastoral communities, socialism vs. capitalism and more. I have several other thoughts about this book. The vocabulary sent me to the dictionary frequently, it is a woman's story written by a man, and we never find out the woman's name in the book in spite of her being the narrator and main character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the idea of a white man creating a utopian community for african women is troubling enough. the relentless pursuit of his affections by an intellectual female is even more so. and the fact that their conversations are solely ideological and peppered with foreign phrases makes slogging through this novel a misadventure in pretention and tedium. this is a love story of unappealing and unreal and unsexy characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BIO: Muscular golden brown tom with gentle amber eyes. Once you get to know him, he will show his somewhat mischievous and fierce personality, but until then, will be reserved and quiet. Will defend the ones he cares about to the last breath. No Mate. Crush: May have feelings for Rainfall. Contact: Visit him at rocky slope result 1.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tomcat with white fur and black fur in the shape of a cresent moon arownd his left eye. Likes having fun, talking and mating. Mate none. Crush none. Kits. None
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Growns and grows a pe.nis and becomes a hexat