State of Wonder
In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity. As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the... show more
In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity. As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest's jeweled canopy.
Publish date: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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...
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...
Maybe 'State of Wonder' is the fact that she kept me predicting the ending that was about to happen and then upset my expectations so I'd think "Wow, how is she gonna pull that off?" all the way through the book, but then every time she pulled it off and I'd just be in a state of wonder.
I've read this twice and it simply gets better with every read.
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...