State of Wonder
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 Magicians Assistant, and The Patron Saint of Liars...more
A scientific jungle experiment/investigation involving an elderly and rather secretive matriarchal doctor who leads the experiment, a missing/deceased company representative who was sent to investigate what the experiment is up to, and a female company representative (who happens to also be a former medical student of the matriarch) who is sent to investigate what happened to the previous company representative.
In spite of lengthy descriptions of the experiment and professorial soliloquising by...more
A super-summary: Although she trained as an OB/GYN doctor, Marina is
Ann Patchett writes amazing people....Marina, Dr Swenson, Anders, the Bovenders, Milton and Thomas and Easter.
This is a keeper. This is a book to read again!
When everyone was in about second grade, their teacher taught them about how each butterfly was once an entirely alternative being called a caterpillar. She also must have thrown in the term "cocoon" while you were thinking about how mean the cockney in front of you was for stealing your colorful eraser. Nevertheless, most everyone conceived the concept that there were two inseparable stages to a butterfly's life, two states completely indistinguishable from one another...more
Dr Singh is asked to go to the jungles of South America to recover the remains of her research partner Anders Eckman who died there while checking on the progres...more
State of Wonder weaves together a number of threads that build a good novel where nearly everyone can find a personal "hook"-- personality conflicts, infidelity, secrets, wilderness exploration, science, medicine, parenting. One is the end...more
I love Ann Patchett's writing.
I hope this book will be as good as her others.
Jan. 2012 - Finished reading this wonderful book. Loved it! Below is a post I made at my group concerning this book on 12/28/11:
I'm in the middle of reading State of Wonder (2011) by Ann Patchett. I picked it up from the library's new book section on the spur of the moment. Glad I did. It's just as good as (if not better than) Patc...more
This marvelous atmospheric and multi layered novel takes place in the Amazon jungle where an emissary from a pharmaceutical company dies under mysterious circumstances at a research facility.
Dr. Marina Singh is sent to find the remains and effects, but must first locate the famous and reclusive gynecologist, Dr. Swenson who is in charge of the research. Dr. Swenson is researching the women of a local tribe who can conceive well past middle age, and other secret remedi...more
It was fairly obvious that Patchett's tale of a trip undertaken into an inhospitable jungle in order to track down a maverick researcher had taken inspiration from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness; even the official synopsis above directly evokes this reference. While I've never read the original novel, I have seen Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now and so made the connection quite quickly. Of course, since Conrad's time the issues have changed and yet in other respects they are perennial. M...more
State of Wonder is about a scientist, Dr. Marina Singh, working for a pharmaceutical company that is attempting to develop a new fertility drug in the Amazon. The company sends Marina to the research site to report on the progress of the drug, the brainchild of Marina’s former teacher, Dr. Swenson. But Marina, naturally, finds much more t...more
Normally, my favorite books are ones where I feel I'm learning a lot, whether they be fiction or nonfiction. This wasn't one of those (what did I learn? I usu...more
A modern retelling of Conrad's Heart of Darkness, that feels more like Apocalypse Now. Beautifully written. Some good situational humor ("The shaman would no doubt have direct billing with Vogel."). Plot wandery and repetitive, and, I suppose most damning for me, I didn't give a hoot a...more
I finished it in a grand swoop. The ending is amazing, and leaves you breathing hard.
And so begins a perilous journey into the dark heart of scientific wonder for pharmaceutical lab researcher Mari...more
The gist of the story is that scientist Marina Singh, tasked by her company to track down old mentor Dr. Annick Swenson in the Amazon jungle, descends into a world that challenges the choices she has made with her life and career. Eschewing a career...more
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