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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
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Nov 24, 14

bookshelves: adventure, feminism
Read from October 13 to 17, 2011

I have to admit that I read this book very quickly. Based on reviews here and the very long "line" of holds at the public library, I decided to give Patchett a try. Yes, she had very interesting characters, but I found the setting, plot and the characters all to be a little bit too unrealistic. I think that if just one of these three dimensions had been "larger than life," I might have enjoyed the book more. It almost crossed over into science fiction for me. Once I decided that the features of the book were very distorted, I practically skimmed the book just to see how the plot played out, and I think that I didn't lose much by such a tactic. She's not strong on prose styling, so I didn't need to slow down in order to soak in the poetry of it. She did have some strong images and metaphors that worked well to tie themes together, but my "quick read" did catch those. This was a bit like Heart of Darkness meets Avatar meets Handmaid's Tale.

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