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State of Wonder

Patchett, Ann (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
State of Wonder
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A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
Authors: Patchett, Ann
Title: State of wonder
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 353 p. ;,24 cm.
Summary: A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
ISBN: 9780062049803
0062049801
Statement of Responsibility: Ann Patchett
Subject Headings: Scientists Fiction. Medicine Research Fiction. Jungles Amazon River Region Fiction. Amazon River Region Fiction.
Topical Term: Scientists
Medicine
Jungles
LCCN: 2010029229
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Amazon rainforest

Comment by: DesPlainesReaders May 02, 2012

After Marina’s colleague dies in the Amazon jungle, her employer sends the research scientist there to complete the mission he could not: to locate and bring back her former mentor, who has gone missing while researching a controversial drug. The novel explores science, responsibility and ethics... Read More »


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Jul 26, 2014
  • waterdogsplash rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not too thrilling to me. Story was not very interesting and when I thought it was finally going to get good in the end, I was very disappointed. I'm off to my book club and wonder what my members will think.

NYPL Staff Pick
A pharmaceutical researcher travels into the Amazon jungle in search of a missing colleague, who has discovered native people with a possible new fertility secret.
- Selection Team

Mar 17, 2014
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great story about a lab scientist who goes into the Amazon in search of information about her dead colleague. Lots to think about and plenty of suspense.

Nov 23, 2013
  • vansce rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I think this is my third by this author. I love the way she can spin a tale while not leaving any confusion in me. Her characters are always vivid. This one's not quite as good as Bel Canto (another of her titles ), few are, but it is well worth the time.

Oct 24, 2013
  • williamkricket rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nothing but superlatives can be written about this book. All l can add is that if you are willing, your heart will be touched, crushed, perhaps broken, and very likely restored by the emotional alchemy the author practises on your soul in a book about the science of ambition, truth and love. You will also be entertained, distracted like a doctor’s shining light as she stabs a needle into your vein and you wake up panting as if from a dream not sure whether it's really over or if you are still lost on the Amazon struggling simply to breathe.

Aug 13, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nature can not be fooled. Each age of a human being is specifically designed for specific things. Action in the first half of the book develops slow. But in the second part it is more vivid, very interesting: a lot of fascinating details and descriptions of the Amazons, whether things invented by the author or actually existing.

Jul 13, 2013
  • Zoomerofall rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book captivated me. I spent an entire weekend doing little but reading it. Beautiful writing.

A very intriguing book. The idea of older women able to get pregnant is thought provoking as well as extremely curious...

Jun 04, 2013
  • Suzanne_Library rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a beautiful book!

This is one of my favorite books. It is so unusual, maybe improbably in parts, but Patchett is a wonderful writer.

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Jan 22, 2013
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Oct 10, 2012
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Mar 02, 2011
  • Michael Colford rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Patchett takes us from Boston to the deepest hidden realms of the Amazon in this layered, haunting tale of biomedical exploration and the search for ourselves. Outstanding writing is Patchett's hallmark in this intricately layered novel. Deep, complex strands of narrative all come together beautifully and characters, both main and incidental are fully explored and brought to life. This is a masterful work.

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