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- Print Length: 401 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (June 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 7, 2011
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004G8QZSS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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But at the end of the day, I was torn between one crucial question: is a book that is realistic also authentic? How do the two concepts merge...and how do they differ?
Ann Patchett, in State of Wonder, revisits the contemporary adventure story genre, with a provocative tale of an emotionally crippled doctor - Marina Singh - who embarks on an odyssey to the Amazon after learning that her pharma colleague Anders died there. His wife doesn't believe it...and her boss and love interest, Mr. Fox, entreats her to go there to find out what is going on.
He is, after all, invested in the outcome of the research that is going on there. Dr. Annick Swenson - formidable and inscrutable - has been there for years, reportedly working on a new drug that will have a massive effect on female fertility, with the prospect of making his company very rich. Dr. Swenson was Marina's former mentor and her associations with her are fearsome. As a result, the journey to the heart of darkness for Marina is also a plunge into her own emotional terrors.
The exploration of these terrors - along with the world of the Amazon and the Lakisha tribe - are masterfully done. But for me, in the end, the characters became sacrificed to the plot, pacing, and setting.
I did not believe in the relationship between Marina and her widowed older boss, Mr. Fox; neither seemed capable of sustaining it.Read more ›
State of Wonder is the tale of an epic journey. After an employee of a pharmaceutical company dies in the Amazon, a fellow researcher is sent to find out exactly what happened to him. She is also tasked with clarifying on the company's behalf exactly how much progress has been made on the drug being studied there. The visual picture of the Amazon painted by Patchett is vivid and captivating and the characters are very well-defined and sharply rendered. The plot moves along at a nice pace, though admittedly it does slow a bit in the middle.
As for criticism, the science in the book is a little vague and seems slightly "off". However, the experiments are a sort of backdrop and not the main focus so it's not that big a deal. And Patchett does manage to cover an awful lot of political and ethical issues related to drug development and reproduction that are so nuanced as to appear to occur using sleight-of-hand.
Overall, another very strong book from Patchett and a definite recommend.
"State of Wonder" doesnt do even this old plot justice. The characters are flat, except for maybe Easter and Milton, and often stupid. The plot/premise full of holes-- A scientist sent into the Amazon, alone, after the previous one dies? No corporate investigation? No legal inquiry? No backup? The freaking phone? The trees? A tribe that wears sal-army clothes but no one can locate? A pharmco that sends money and pays bills with no progress reports? Didnt they think to gps her boat? Barbara Bovender's vision? Swenson's complete obliviousness to the effects of pregnancy on the body? Ander's inability to swipe a canoe and leave? Much maneuvering has to be done to make it even appear to hold together. I fought through it, thinking the next chapter would be 'the one' and never got there.
SPOILER--the end, as little sense as it made, really ticked me off. Patchett betrayed the one character, Easter, that I cared about at all and Marina was shown to be not just naive and easy to manipulate but shallow and stupid.
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