At Play in the Fields of the Lord Author:Peter Mattheissen Set in backwater malarial South America, this incredibly moving yet disturbing moral drama evokes the raw, violent beauty of the jungle and offers remarkable insight into its enigmatic inhabitants. Peter Matthiessen has masterfully crafted a tense, electrifying story about a battle for the lives and souls of a tribe of indigenous and isolated I... more »ndians. As two missionary couples attempt to convert the Indians to their brand of Christianity, a corrupt army official schemes to destroy the tribe and clear the land, while a stateless American-Indian mercenary, hired to kill the Indians, instead goes to live among them, hoping to regain his lost heritage.
Here is an extraordinary, haunting tale, replete with mysteries, pathos, heroic gestures and grand designs. A true cult classic.