Monday, October 26, 2015

Paperback 912: Coming of Age in Samoa / Margaret Mead (Mentor M44)

Paperback 912: Mentor M44 (1st ptg, 1949)

Title: Coming of Age in Samoa
Author: Margaret Mead
Cover artist: jonas

Estimated value: $10-15

Best things about this cover:
  • Striking design. Love the stylized monochrome foliage against the stark white backdrop.
  • They seem like they're having fun.
  • This probably shouldn't remind me of John Travolta and Uma Thurman dancing in "Pulp Fiction," but it does.
  • The most important difference between Samoan society and our own is No Nipples ... For Anyone!

Best things about this back cover:
  • I enjoy mentally changing "earnestly" (in Dorsey's review) to "salaciously," "lustily," "hornily," and the like.
  • Freud!?
  • "The domain of erotics." I want to go to there.
  • I read "primitive heart-stirrings" as "primitive heart-strings," because it's nicer.

Page 123~

People forgave her violence and her quarrelsomeness for sheer mirth over her propitiatory antics.

She got away with shit 'cause she was fun to be around and sometimes bought the drinks. (You're welcome)


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Jean said...

We actually have this paperback in my library at work! As soon as I saw the post headline I knew what it would be.

DemetriosX said...

It's kind of hard to see this book these days without thinking, "Man, those Samoans are a surly bunch."