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State of Wonder
Jennifer Wolfe's review
Jun 25, 2011
The closest I've ever been to the Amazon was hearing stories from my husband about his adventures canoeing there as a young man - that was enough to make me understand the power of the river, and the prominence it plays in Brazil's geography and culture. That is until I cracked open Ann Patchett's 2011 novel, State of Wonder. This perfect novel took me into the 'now' of the life of two female scientists and left a story that lingers in my mind months after reading the last page. Oh I loved this book and didn't want it to end. It's the kind of book that I couldn't stop reading, and when I was reading I couldn't stop thinking about all the themes woven in and out of the narrative. 2017 was the year of Ann Patchett for me - I read four of her novels, so I've almost read her entire canon. Ann Patchett is such a master of language and characterization, as evident in this story of an adventure into the Amazon - it's full of sensory lushness, vivid imagery and a gripping, tragic tale. One of THE best books of 2017 - and one of the few I rated five stars. You can read my full book post here: http://jenniferwolfe.net/2017/08/stat....
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“The question is whether or not you choose to disturb the world around you, or if you choose to let it go on as if you had never arrived. That is how one respects indigenous people. If you pay any attention at all you’ll realize that you could never convert them to your way of life anyway. They are an intractable race. Any progress you advance to them will be undone before your back is turned. You might as well come down here to unbend the river. The point, then, is to observe the life they themselves have put in place and learn from it.”