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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
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May 22, 12

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Read from July 12 to 22, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I can only give this book 2 stars because the whole thing was so silly. To believe that a giant international pharmaceutical company is going to write checks for research for 2 years without any updates/input/proof of progress from the researcher is crazy. Even crazier, when they finally do decide they want to find out what she is up to, who do they send to find her deep in the Amazon? An employee who works in a lab in Minnesota who has never been out of the country. Then they get word he is dead, so who do they decide to send, ALONE by the way, to find out what happened to him and try to find out what the researcher is up to? His lab partner! That whole premise is just stupid. And she seems to be completely incompetent losing her clothes, 2 satellite phones, etc. And what the hell was up with dreams about her dad? Were those just thrown in there to show that there are bigger things going on than this dumb plot? And really, did we have to have the little sex scene thrown in at the end. It didn't come across as believable at all and seemed completely unnecessary to the plot. I am giving it two stars instead of one because I really liked the characters of Dr. Svenson and Easter. And I was glad they made the point that even if it was possible for women to give birth into their 60's and 70's, they probably shouldn't. I probably would not recommend this book to anyone.
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07/13/2011 "This is a ludicrous story so far....really....a giant pharmaceutical company is paying for research for 2 years without even knowing where the researcher is? And then they send one person to find her? Who ends up dead....so they send one more? Neither of whom knows the country.....silly...." 2 comments

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message 1: by K. (new) - rated it 3 stars

K. Yes!! on every point you made. The sex scene and giving away Easter really disappointed me.

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