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- Print Length: 362 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408821885
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (June 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 7, 2011
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004G8QZSS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patchett's descriptions of the heat, humidity, flora and fauna with the constant fear of infection adds an underlying tension to the story which grabs you and takes you on a whirlwind coaster ride to the surprising end.
I couldn't put it down and I still can't stop thinking about it.
Ann Patchett has created a cast of dedicated, extremely passionate scientists, who are Dr. Marina Singh, Dr. Anders Eckman and the elusive Dr. Annick Swenson. They adventure (not together) to a hot, dense jungle with poisonous frogs and huge snakes. The journey is similar to a National Geographic adventure, only with a villain named Mr. Fox. Ann Patchett fills your mind with colorful images, distinct cultural traits, and a sense of loss. Many other characters are introduced to provide diversion and to keep you turning pages from beginning to end.
There are many location extremes beginning with a Minnesota pharmaceutical research laboratory during a typical cold winter, with international flights to South America, dugout canoe trips down Amazon tributaries, and watching opera in a historical Brazilian theater.
I highly recommend State of Wonder as an extra credit adventure for the sake of science and enjoyment..
I get the sense that the book was inspired by the Heart of Darkness (on which the movie Apocalypse Now is based) (see Wikipedia for a brief summary; Amazon won't let me insert the link). Heart of Darkness takes place in the Congo (the movie in Vietnam). Conrad's book is heavier going than Patchett's because his use of language is much more antiquated (written in 1902). However, it's a better story. It's rich with symbolism and psychosocial drama. Not everyone's cup of tea, but it's a free download on Kindle and no doubt available through your library (and less than $10 on Amazon; go for an edition that has extra content that describes the time and context in which Conrad wrote the story).
HEART OF DARKNESS ends with a selfless lie, WONDER starts with a different kind. Both protagonists feel kinship with the villain they find upriver - it's harder to explain in WONDER, but Singh's the more interesting protagonist, and WONDER's villain seems harder to like or respect.
It was marred a bit by two things. One was the unnecessary sex scene. The second was the Lefty device the author used to move the plot. A pharmaceutical company wouldn't invest in an anti-malarial because the only people who needed it were poor? Phooey. A drug that ends malaria would make billions. Singh uses a bad anti-malarial herself, demonstrating it's not just for the poor. (And one wouldn't be necessary if the Left hadn't pushed the DDT ban so hard - 50,000,000 dead black children and counting.) But Big Pharma had to be a villain somehow, and the author had to work in fertility drugs.
Didn't mar it enough to keep me from loving it, though! When Singh and the colleague's wife fall to their knees in emotion - one of the best scenes in fiction! Read it, you'll love it, too.
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