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Encounter With an Angry God Recollections of My Life With John Peabody Harrington Download Æ 7 Û ☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ Encounter With an Angry God Recollections of My Life With John Peabody Harrington By Carobeth Laird ✓ – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk Linguist ethnographer JIr seven year marriage written when she was in her seventies and published when she was eighty years old is a compelling tale that has sold over copies In one sense a chronicle of what it meant Encounter With ePUB #8608 to an anthr. How much can you expect from a biography written by someone's ex wife More than this Although the description of Harrington's odd personality and work habits rings true based on what I have read about him so much of Laird's recollections are vague maybe we went there once maybe twice; I don't remember who else was there; or what year it happened You get the idea Were these hints to her editor to crosscheck her factsPlus the last uarter or so was about the strange transition from Harrington to her second husband YawnIf you're interested in Harrington or American Indian language documentation read journal articles instead

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Linguist ethnographer John an Angry MOBI #245 Peabody Harrington was an eccentric genius of American anthropology It was in a summer class in that Carobeth Laird first met him handsome and sun tanned from the field Her story of the. This is an astonishing bookI read it to learn about J P Harrington Although he's not a household name for most people he is familiar to anyone who has done linguistic work on California Indian languages Harrington collected hundreds of thousands of pages of data about these languages across the first half of the twentieth century and for many languages that have since gone extinct his data provides almost all the information we have Harrington was also a uniuely terrible person or so I had heard and wanted to find out by reading this book by the woman who was married to him for seven years about their time togetherSo this book is not uite an autobiography; it's like insider history of a very strange relationship It does deliver on the original promise the book examines Harrington's genius and his incredibly weird personality in detail Laird describes the endless hours he worked and his gift for languages; she also tells about how he wanted to raise children without ever exposing them to human language as an experiment to see how their language would develop A plan he dropped only due to the difficulty of executing it Harrington's deeply ingrained miserliness comes through in many stories his wearing shirts until and after they had split down the back; or his berating Laird for cooking eggs and failing to scoop out the remaining whites inside the shells with a tea spoon She describes his paranoia about other linguists stealing his work or working with his informants mentioning at least one informant whose contract with Harrington stipulated that they would never work with any other linguists as well as his scheming efforts to steal information from other linguists For the most part Harrington comes across not as a nasty person so much as an alien in a human body whose only purpose on earth was to gather linguistic information and who could not understand any human motivation or emotion that was not connected with that That said a few of his other flaws are unfortunately all too human and familiar such as his rabid anti Semitism and ideas about racial purityThis book is than just that however The reader learns a little about the author about her many children and about the man she left Harrington for Even interesting is the way Laird recounts her experiences in an America that is out of reach and almost unimaginable now before mass media national mobilization for war and interstate highways had created a much unified national culture and identity She recounts meeting an old woman in West Virginia and asking for directions to a town five miles away; the woman gave a vague answer because she had never travelled to furrin parts She describes travelling the country on pullman cars and crossing the continent in a Ford Model T Prohibition and Spanish flu are new events that affect the unfolding of the narrative And of course she describes the life of Indian communities in California and the Southwest at a time of great poverty and intense oppression as well as surviving links to traditional culture many of which have since been lost She describes the taboos and practices that still shaped the lives of many Indians she worked with eg their unwillingness to tell her Coyote stories during the hot months when rattlesnakes are activeThe book is a uick read and honestly uite compelling I think it would be even for someone who had never heard of Harrington One of the blurbs on the back of my copy says that if it were fiction it would be a great American novel and I think that's true It really does make you feel like you can touch or at least perceive the contours of life in some parts of this country a hundred years ago My only major complaint is that the book could have used an editor with a firmer hand Some stories are sketched or skipped over entirely too soon; others drag on a little too long Some lacunae are hard to ignore we hear so little about Laird's children even when she brings the narrative up to date through the rest of her life after her time with Harrington Still there can never be another book like this and it's worth a read for anyone interested in this linguistic or sociological history

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Encounter With an Angry God Recollections of My Life With John Peabody HarringtonOpologist in the early twentieth century it is also a love story portraying the curious triangle that developed when a Chemehuevi informant entered the lives of Harrington and the young wife he drove as ruthlessly as he did himself. I don't doubt that Harrington was everything Carobeth Laird says he was but reading what amounts to a one sided account of his awfulness felt petty at times If this memoir is an anthropological study of Harrington then it is an exceedingly biased one I enjoyed the author's moments of introspection the occasional glimpses into linguistic theory as well as her memories of traveling in the earlier days of automobiles but the tone was a little too tabloid for my taste