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State of Wonder
State of Wonder
Author: Ann Patchett
A provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle. Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug, the dev...  more
ISBN-13: 9780062049810
ISBN-10: 006204981X
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 353
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 79 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I'll admit, when I first started this book, I did not necessarily expect to like it. With as many tears as it cost me, you might conclude that I didn't like it in the end, but I did. Patchett has a beautiful way of writing that describes things you would never expect and answers questions you would never think to ask. The places to which she takes you are at once horrible and beautiful; it seems to change at each moment. Patchett is not afraid to write about the uncomfortable and, sometimes, really terrible parts that are integral to the story. In fact, sometimes she jumps in very suddenly, and I am so shocked that I am unsure how to react afterward. All-in-all, this book is fantastic, but don't read it if you are wanting a happy ending. Not that it is unhappy per se, but there are two sides to everything in this novel, and sometimes it is hard to tell on which side you are standing.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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A very interesting story. A neighbor gave me the book so I thought I would give it a try. Well, I stayed up two nights to read it. I liked it a lot. It was different then other books that I have read, but it captured my interest. I wasn't sure how it would all end up and I am glad that I invested the time in reading it.
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Loved this book. Her writing and the subject.

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  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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I have read glowing book reviews of Ann Patchett's STATE OF WONDER as well as negative reader reviews. I'm somewhere in between. I did feel truly transported to the Amazon by the author. I liked the protagonist Marina and her relationship with the native, Easter. Annick Swenson was a wonderfully eccentric scientist. But, parts of the story were unbelievable. Overall, a worthwhile read.
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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This novel joined fact with fiction in a beautiful way. It was a little slow at the beginning but wove the tale so nicely that I couldn't put in down half way through. A must read for young girls and not bad for mature ones, too.
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Wow, what a great book. I loved the way the characters developed and the extra short story at the end was so appropriate! Highly recommended.