Fiction. FIELD REPORT begins in affirmation and ends in doubt. Between start and finish there are archaic dictions and near-invented languages, simplistic jokes that a seven-year-old might tell and visions of what might be astonishments. One sentence states: "What wondrous things words"—what, the optimal word here, turns the statement toward a question, one left long unanswered. The twenty stories in this book comprise a field report filed by an anthropologist, providing a concise and complete outline of culture as seen through the tri-lens of sensation, perception and vision. Along the way some pancakes, frogs and gelato get mixed into our favorite pot—or is it plot? One particularly effusive informant offers a wealth of information—passionate in its despair, and the reader might find it—in response—not too late to consider the world presented in FIELD REPORT with a touch of mercy.
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Befuddled? This is a bit how I feel after reading Dennis Barone's book Field Report. It's a collection of essays (lyric possibly?) and short observations about all matters of life. I actually liked it ... Read full review
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