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The Accidental Anthropologist: A Memoir (Paperback) Michael D. Jackson

The Accidental Anthropologist: A Memoir (Paperback)

Michael D. Jackson

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... my lifelong preoccupation with renewal ... lies in the childhood fantasy without which I could not have endured that another life awaited me elsewhere, or with another, and once reborn in that other world, I would find fulfillment andMore... my lifelong preoccupation with renewal ... lies in the childhood fantasy without which I could not have endured that another life awaited me elsewhere, or with another, and once reborn in that other world, I would find fulfillment and happiness. One of the key figures in Michael Jacksons 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, halftones, and haunting, melodious lines. From his New Zealand beginnings, when he associated with James K. Baxter, Fleur Adcock, Bob Lowry and others, Jacksons 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.