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by Ann Patchett

  • ISBN: 0062049801
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • Subcategory: Dramas & Plays
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Pages: 353 pages
  • FB2 size: 1552 kb
  • EPUB size: 1791 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 548
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Powerful and captivating.

Powerful and captivating. A thrilling new novel. The world imagined in this novel is unusually vivid. Reading State of Wonder is a sensory experience, and even after it’s over you’ll keep hearing the sounds of insects, and your own head will still be hot. (No Source).

Ann Patchett's sixth novel, State of Wonder, merges the two kingdoms in the story of a pharmacologist, Marina . Patchett's novels typically derive their narrative energy from unlikely romantic entanglements that slowly unravel under the pressures of life.

Patchett's novels typically derive their narrative energy from unlikely romantic entanglements that slowly unravel under the pressures of life.

To my friend Jo VanDevender. Also by Ann Patchett. One. The news of Anders Eckman’s death came by way of Aerogram, a piece of bright blue airmail paper that served as both the stationery and, when folded over and sealed along the edges, the envelope. Who even knew they still made such things? This single sheet had traveled from Brazil to Minnesota to mark the passing of a man, a breath of tissue so insubstantial that only the stamp seemed to anchor it to this world. Mr. Fox had the letter in his hand when he came to the lab to tell Marina the news.

State of Wonder book. Ann Patchett – at her bookstore - image from her site. As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the. While Marina is a somewhat sympathetic character, it is tough to feel wholly supportive of her, let alone empathetic. She has committed some errors in her life, like the rest of us, but she keeps making such dumb mistakes that she makes one think she might have been better off staying home.

State of Wonder is a 2011 novel by American author Ann Patchett

State of Wonder is a 2011 novel by American author Ann Patchett. The book was published by Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom and by Harper in the United States. It was critically well received, and was nominated for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction, among other nominations.

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State of Wonder is about not one, but two female scientists, who both appear to be. .State of Wonder ended perfectly. It will feel familiar to anyone who’s visited the tropics or worked with an indigenous people group, and of course, taken malaria medication

State of Wonder is about not one, but two female scientists, who both appear to be succeeding where men had failed (maybe you can relate). And, they’re working on a fertility drug. It will feel familiar to anyone who’s visited the tropics or worked with an indigenous people group, and of course, taken malaria medication. The fears and fantasies in State of Wonder are common to so many of us, and living through Marina as she figures them out was delightful. See what else I’m reading on ReadThisNext.

“Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.”—New York Times Book Review

Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest. Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotional urgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician’s Assistant, and The Patron Saint of Liars, Patchett delivers an enthrallingly innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder—a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.

Reviews about State of Wonder (7):
This is the second book I have read by Ann Patchett. (The first was "Commonwealth.") I sense a writer's "trick" in these two that she uses magnificently. In both books, we have perfectly ordinary people living perfectly ordinary lives. And then (insert the golden Plot Key and twist slightly) something happens that is not perfectly ordinary and changes their lives. This happens in the first few pages of the book. And then we share in the experience of these perfectly ordinary people as they deal with something they never imagined--and the implications and effects it has on those they love. And when I say "experience," I mean that. Ann Patchett fully draws the reader into the book. The stories are not scary or filled with terror (remember, the "perfectly ordinary" descriptions above), but the story will haunt you.

The basic plot of "State of Wonder": In the first sentence we learn that Dr. Anders Eckman is dead. Anders had traveled deep into the Amazon at the behest of his employer, a Minneapolis-based pharmaceutical company that has a researcher working at a secret site on a secret drug that will revolutionize the world. But the researcher is incommunicado. Anders was sent to investigate. And then tragedy strikes. With few details about his death and no body (he was hastily buried in the jungle), Dr. Marina Singh, Anders's officemate, is sent to the Amazon to find out what happened to this married father of three young boys. And so begins a state of wonder in which the reader will be carried with descriptions so vivid that it's easy to envision the chaos and blistering heat of the jungle and almost hear the squawking birds and screeching creatures that inhabit it. Marina's perfectly ordinary life has been upended and will never be perfectly ordinary again.

But the book is so much more than plot--no matter how riveting and engrossing. It is also about people, our connections, the choices we make and the effects those choices have on us and others.
Very well-written book. Both not what I was expecting, and far more than I was expecting.

I expected a book about exploring the Amazon. The first half of the book was all about the main character, a doctor and scientist, and her work and personal relationships in Minnesota. By the time she flies to Manaus to look for a lost colleague, one is already half-way through the book.

Eventually, the person she is waiting for in Manaus shows up, and she follows them into the jungle. From here, her experiences are so different from what I would have expected, yet interesting and profound. I really enjoyed stepping into this woman's shoes and experiencing everything she experienced. It's like adventure travel, combined with science and moral dilemmas, and calls for bravery in multiple situations. To my surprise, the book winds up with a very satisfying ending.
I loved the writing in this novel. The author is so technically excellent in weaving in flashbacks, memories, dreams and the physical world. I loved the descriptions of the Amazon, an area I will probably never visit but one that came to life in A. Patchett's prose. She took me on the archetypal journey of the protagonist/heroine who strikes out on a search and succeeds in bringing back the Holy Grail (Anders). However, I do think that the author seems to have painted herself into a corner when we get to the end of the book. The author painstakingly takes us on the journey from Marina reluctantly considering beginning her quest to her coming to terms to the society that she has entered to the actions she takes in the end. Nothing prepared me for the sudden and not-quite-believable ending given the totality of the book. Still, there is much to delight in the wonderful prose and the often startling imagery of this novel.
This was my first Ann Patchett book - an author that had been recommended to me by a few people. It started off a bit slow with too much dialogue and preamble before the book took off in an interesting direction. About half way through, I realised that I was quite enjoying this book and it almost became a page turner. The language was good, the characters interesting and the story somewhat fascinating - albeit in no way believable. Ultimately the ending, which leaves you guessing, was just right especially in the context of a story which could in no way be true. I wouldn't recommend this to those who are interested in realism but if you can suspend disbelief and like a good story then you will enjoy the book. I will ponder the question of what happens next - however as much as I would like to fill in the blanks it is part of what makes the overall book good.

I would give this book 4 1/2 stars if I could. I will definitely read another one by this author
The book turned quite weird at the end. The characters were not very likable or interesting. I'm also not sure what the title had to do with the book. Some of the tribal oddities were annoying and a bit condescending. If a tribe is known to steal all a person's clothes, why not warn people to hang on to their suitcases instead of just having them leave them unguarded? The plot was mildly interesting, but the ending was disappointing. It seemed like the book was trying to make a point about drug research, pharmaceutical companies, etc., but the plot was so odd that the meaning was lost. Other books I've read by her have been better than this one.
The title fits the book as I was in a state of wonder as I read it. The story deals with science professors and doctors/pharmacologists giving up their lives at home to work on a fertility drug way out in the Amazon jungle. One doctor is missing and presumed dead from Malaria. Meanwhile another doctor, a woman named Marina is sent out there to find out what happened to Dr.Anders and what is going on with the research. What transpires next is an ongoing adventure that keeps you reading and not wanting to put down the book. I thoroughly enjoyed I and recommend it highly. I never would have read this book on my own but it was our May book group book choice. I thank them for that.

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