Set in a malarial outpost of the South American jungle, Matthiessen's electrifying moral thriller follows the clash between two misplaced gringos: Martin Quarrier, who has come to convert the local Indians to Christianity, and Lewis Moon, a half-Indian mercenary who has been hired to kill them. "Extraordinary . . . beautifully written". New York ...Read MoreSet in a malarial outpost of the South American jungle, Matthiessen's electrifying moral thriller follows the clash between two misplaced gringos: Martin Quarrier, who has come to convert the local Indians to Christianity, and Lewis Moon, a half-Indian mercenary who has been hired to kill them. "Extraordinary . . . beautifully written". New York Times. Now the basis for a major motion picture starring John Lithgow, Tom Berenger, and Daryl Hannah.Read Less
Very good in good dust jacket. UK hardback first impression. The book is VG with previous owner name to ffep and a little spotting to page edges. The jacket is unclipped and unfaded with a small notch missing to to bottom of rear panel, a couple of small nicks, and creaaing to head of spine. Heinemann 1966. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0" 0.0 0.0.
Fine. Signed by Author Signed Edition. Signed by author on special signature page. Book features full-leather binding, 22-kt gold stamping on the cover and spine, silk endpapers, a satin ribbon page marker, and all edges gilt. Book is in fine condition (faint wear to gilt on page edges) with no attached bookplate, embossed seal, or writing in the book. Includes a certificate of authenticity and collector's note card laid in.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Inscribed By Author Signed and inscribed by Author. Book Club Edition. NF/NF. Hardcover, two toned cloth with gilt decorations and titles, 373 pp., orange topstain, slight edgewear to jacket, else a nice, clean and tight copy. Protected in a Brodart cover.
Fine in full, dark green leather covered boards with four raised bands on the spine, gilt text and tool work within the compartments, gilt tool work on both boards, silk end sheets, gilt to the edges of the text block and there is a placement ribbon sewn-in at the top of the spine. An octavo measuring 9" by 6" without a dust jacket as issued. Signed by the author on the second free end page. Laid-in is the publisher's note card about the author and this book. 373 pages of text. This title was nominated for the 1965 National Book Award.
Good in Fair jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author SIGNED by AUTHOR on half title page. First Edition, First Printing Stated. Book is in Good condition with beige boards with gilt design and black spine with gold lettering. Light soiling to bottom edge of textblock, top edge of textblock (dyed orange) has a small and larger water spot. No warping is visible. Some of page corners are bent, hinges are NOT cracked but a bit loose. Some brown staining to front pastedown & endpapers, front flyleaf has faint pink stain. Dustjacket is in Fair condition with soiling and darkening. Front cover has minor nicking, spine has closed tear and nicking at head/tail, back cover has slight creasing and two closed tears and nicking. Dj has overall darkening, wrapped in clear plastic mylar. 373 pgs.
Very Good. Matthiessen, Peter. At Play in the Fields of the Lord. Advance Readers Copy, Signed by Matthiessen. New York: Random House, 1965. Advance Reader's Copy. 373pp. 8vo. Trade paper. Signed by author. Book condition: Very good. Front cover has a short closed tear along top edge, a crease at bottom corner. Signed in ink by Matthiessen on half title.
New. Signed by Author Easton Press Leatherbound Signed Edition. Book features full-leather binding, 22-kt gold stamping to the covers and spine, archival paper. silk endpapers, a satin ribbon page marker, and all edges gilt. It is signed on a special signature page by the author. Book is in new condition (in publisher's shrinkwrap).
First edition. Advance reading copy in white paperwraps printed in blue, with swirl design on front cover in orange. SIGNED by author on title page. Covers lightly soiled, spine lightly creased, otherwise very good to fine.
This is a very good book, but not great. Matthiessen's writing is engrossing and it is difficult to put it down. However, the vileness of some of the subject matter is a bit hard to swallow. This is, no doubt, a realistic tale, written after Matthiessen had traveled throughout the continent. The movie does have an influence, as one keeps thinking of Ms. Hannah. The plight and evolution of the natives and their values is intriguing. The disaster that results from outsiders forcing culture and religion down the throats of the "savages" is thought provoking and relates to many situations one sees. The characters aren't all that likable, but certainly very real. Hazel is a sad case. The jaguar shaman-to-be is a character about which it would be nice to learn more. Matthiessen says that he rewrote the last journey many times. This is the toughest part of the book to follow; is it real or a dream? I actually did reread parts of the end. There's no escaping the depression that comes from dwelling on the conflict in the jungle. I still feel that, despite the author's beliefs, his nonfiction work is better. But this is an enjoyable novel, regardless.
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