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State of Wonder - Ann Patchett
State of Wonder
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Ann Patchett has dazzled readers with her award-winning books, including The Magician's Assistant and the New York Times bestselling Bel Canto. Now she raises the bar with State of Wonder, a provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle. Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist... show more
Ann Patchett has dazzled readers with her award-winning books, including The Magician's Assistant and the New York Times bestselling Bel Canto. Now she raises the bar with State of Wonder, a provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle. Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug, the development of which has already cost the company a fortune. Nothing about Marina's assignment is easy: not only does no one know where Dr. Swenson is, but the last person who was sent to find her, Marina's research partner Anders Eckman, died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding her former mentor as well as answers to several troubling questions about her friend's death, the state of her company's future, and her own past. Once found, Dr. Swenson, now in her seventies, is as ruthless and uncompromising as she ever was back in the days of Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins. With a combination of science and subterfuge, she dominates her research team and the natives she is studying with the force of an imperial ruler. But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones Dr. Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina, who finds she may still be unable to live up to her teacher's expectations. In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, and a neighboring tribe of cannibals, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss. It is a tale that leads the reader into the very heart of darkness, and then shows us what lies on the other side.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062049803 (0062049801)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages no: 353
Edition language: English
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Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
2.5 State of Wonder
State of Wonder tells the story of Miranda, a scientist who works for a big pharmaceutical company. After her colleague Anders has died in the Amazonian rain forest, the company sends her to find out what has happened to Anders and how advanced the research of Dr. Swenson, the former mentor of Miran...
Listening to the Silence
Listening to the Silence rated it
4.0
Dr. Marina Singh is stunned to hear that her lab mate, Anders Eckman has died after travelling to the Amazon on company business. Pushed by her boss and compelled ny Anders wife, Marina undertakes her own trip into the jungle to learn the details of why Anders died and to finish the job he for which...
The Book Diva's Reads
The Book Diva's Reads rated it
5.0 State of Wonder
I've read this twice and it simply gets better with every read.
learn by going
learn by going rated it
4.5 State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
What a journey this book takes you on. Deeper and deeper, coiling the tension, or, more often, taking a turn you'd barely had the wherewithal to anticipate. The story is clearly modeled on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, except I really liked it. ;) A pharmaceutical company is developing an imp...
Ray Foy's Literary Journey
Ray Foy's Literary Journey rated it
4.0 State of Wonder: A Novel (P.S.)
State of Wonder is an excellent, character-driven, imaginative, inspirational story and, in my opinion, Ann Patchett's best to-date. Set mostly in the Amazon jungle it does evoke the emotional moving of that exotic place, but in a grounded, gritty, realistic way. It is nuanced with many levels and...
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