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State of Wonder: A Novel di [Patchett, Ann]
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The best book I have read all year. It made me laugh and weep and left me in a state of wonder: perfect from first page to last ... a masterpiece (Emma Donoghue)

A triumph and Pachett's best book yet (Guardian)

Written with a wry grace and irony that reminded me of The Poisonwood Bible (another favourite). I like Patchett's Bel Canto - but I loved this (Joanna Trollope, Sunday Telegraph)

An absorbing novel, intelligent yet magical, that will keep you wondering until the very last page (Sunday Telegraph)

It pulls you into the book, has you standing in the jungle in the heat and sweat, as realistic as any computer-generated trickery, genuinely wondering what might happen next ... Just read it and be happy that such a writer as Patchett exists (The Times)

Something special and worth considering for all the literary prizes, festivals and reading groups going this year ... exhilarating (Daily Telegraph)

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The most ambitious and mesmeric book yet from the Orange prize-winning author of Bel Canto.


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  • Lunghezza stampa: 362
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1408821885
  • Editore: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edizione (7 giugno 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B004G8QZSS
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11 di 11 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle An Extraordinary Book 7 febbraio 2017
Di Cathryn Conroy - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This is the second book I have read by Ann Patchett. (The first was "Commonwealth.") I sense a writer's "trick" in these two that she uses magnificently. In both books, we have perfectly ordinary people living perfectly ordinary lives. And then (insert the golden Plot Key and twist slightly) something happens that is not perfectly ordinary and changes their lives. This happens in the first few pages of the book. And then we share in the experience of these perfectly ordinary people as they deal with something they never imagined--and the implications and effects it has on those they love. And when I say "experience," I mean that. Ann Patchett fully draws the reader into the book. The stories are not scary or filled with terror (remember, the "perfectly ordinary" descriptions above), but the story will haunt you.

The basic plot of "State of Wonder": In the first sentence we learn that Dr. Anders Eckman is dead. Anders had traveled deep into the Amazon at the behest of his employer, a Minneapolis-based pharmaceutical company that has a researcher working at a secret site on a secret drug that will revolutionize the world. But the researcher is incommunicado. Anders was sent to investigate. And then tragedy strikes. With few details about his death and no body (he was hastily buried in the jungle), Dr. Marina Singh, Anders's officemate, is sent to the Amazon to find out what happened to this married father of three young boys. And so begins a state of wonder in which the reader will be carried with descriptions so vivid that it's easy to envision the chaos and blistering heat of the jungle and almost hear the squawking birds and screeching creatures that inhabit it. Marina's perfectly ordinary life has been upended and will never be perfectly ordinary again.

But the book is so much more than plot--no matter how riveting and engrossing. It is also about people, our connections, the choices we make and the effects those choices have on us and others.
12 di 13 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A very different story, but a must read 14 maggio 2016
Di Mrs. Edythe Newman - Pubblicato su
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The title fits the book as I was in a state of wonder as I read it. The story deals with science professors and doctors/pharmacologists giving up their lives at home to work on a fertility drug way out in the Amazon jungle. One doctor is missing and presumed dead from Malaria. Meanwhile another doctor, a woman named Marina is sent out there to find out what happened to Dr.Anders and what is going on with the research. What transpires next is an ongoing adventure that keeps you reading and not wanting to put down the book. I thoroughly enjoyed I and recommend it highly. I never would have read this book on my own but it was our May book group book choice. I thank them for that.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Not Wondrous Enough 7 giugno 2011
Di Jill I. Shtulman - Pubblicato su
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When one leading publication says to "expect miracles", a book has a lot to live up to. And indeed, in many areas, State of Wonder does meet its hype. Its vivid sense of place, for example, is truly magnificent. One can almost feel hear the buzzing and ravenous mosquitoes, feel the oppressive heat, recoil from the floating snake heads, and feel the power of the storms.

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. Nor was the relationship between Marina and her doomed colleague fully developed. There were a number of missteps. For example, Marina must take a drug called lariam - a malaria preventative that can have major emotional side effects. She chooses to dump the lariam in the trash, exposing herself to almost certain malaria. As someone who has traveled to the region, I know that doxcycline can be used (not quite as effectively) for those who cannot take lariam.

Dr. Swenson comes across as very one-dimensional - uncompromising and rigid. Yet (no spoilers), she eventually produces a part of the puzzle based on supposition - which does not fit her character and beliefs. There are many examples of ways in which the characters did not react in an authentic manner, but to enumerate all of them would create spoilers.

It is always a little disconcerting to me when I am at odds with a majority of reviewers whose opinions I respect. I DO recommend State of Wonder for those who love plot-driven adventure stories that are well-written and have a strong sense of place. But for those of us who err towards characters, I can recommend only with qualifications.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Liked it, didn't love it 25 giugno 2011
Di Holly - Pubblicato su
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I actually finished Ann Patchett's "State of Wonder" a couple of days ago but decided I needed to wait a bit before writing the review. My thoughts were churning about this book and I needed some time to sort through all of that.

Our main character, Dr. Marina Singh, has been sent to the Amazon jungle in Brazil to find out what happened to her lab-mate who was reported dead by the woman in charge of research on a promising new drug. He supposedly died of a fever and the body buried there but his wife isn't convinced he is dead and Marina (along with the pharma company bankrolling the research) would like more information about his death. The pharma company would also like information about how the research is progressing and when the drug might possibly be available to market. When Marina arrives in Brazil, managing to locate Dr. Anneck Swenson, lead researcher, proves to be difficult as her reclusive and secretive ways provide no information on where to find her research base or how to even contact her. This is what provides the bones of the novel. The relationships among characters, descriptive setting of the Amazon and its people, as well as the societal implications of the drug under study are all what fleshes out the novel into a complete experience.

On the positive side:

1) Original and interesting premise
2) Lush, beautiful language that describe the setting of the Amazon
3) Page-turner suspense that keep the reader engrossed and moving through the book

On the negative side:

1) Extremely intelligent characters that act in very non-intelligent ways
2) Characters that (at times) are very one-dimensional and difficult to truly care about
3) Apparent agenda on the part of the author to portray drug companies as nothing but money-grubbing corporations

Bottom line:

Enjoyable, page-turning suspense with lush language and interesting story. The faults of the novel keep it from being the "classic" that I was expecting from reading the other reviews. Very enjoyable, very good -- but not great.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Wonderfully presented but a bit anticlimactic..... 28 aprile 2014
Di Meg bishop - Pubblicato su
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The premise was intriguing and thought-provoking, character development wonderfully detailed, and the plot immediately absorbing and engaging. There were essentially two stories presented here that are necessarily intertwined - one of science and one of relationships.

As a botanist and plant ecologist, details surrounding the possibility of a coincidental symbiosis and its subsequent discovery set me daydreaming about exciting tangential pathways. Ultimately, however, it seemed that the author tired of the level of detail required to firm up its credibility. Did the tribal women engage in the activity to extend their child-bearing years into old age as a result of choice and benefit to the tribe in general? Or did they engage in the activity as a result of some sort of addiction? Maybe none of this mattered and I was just projecting my own interest and bias into the storyline.... The author successfully presented Dr. Swenson as a brilliant, if not eccentric and unconventional, scientist, who ultimately questions the efficacy of exploiting this kind of fertility drug. Her personal actions and choices, however, did not bear this out - basically she should have known better.... Given the level of detail and specificity regarding other aspects of the book, I can only imagine that the author was purposefully vague and intended the reader to come to her own conclusions about this matter because it was not intended to be the focus of the story (?)

We also become intimately familiar with the main characters and the complex relationships between them. The author very skilfully provides the reader with the level of detail for each character that dismisses the notion of 'good' or 'evil,' 'right' or 'wrong' as the book approaches its climax. The reader is left with a basis of empathy and the opportunity to creatively consider her own opinions/feelings regarding the motives of the main characters (including the pharmaceutical company) that informed their choices/decisions. Given the provocative nature of the discussion, both moral and ethical, this is of no small benefit towards the overall advancement of humanity's health/quality of life.

Having said all of this, I found myself a bit disappointed in the final outcome and wanting more of an explanation..... Ultimately I was surprised by the final decisions that were made by the main characters that didn't seem to coincide with the path they were on. It was all a bit confusing and unsatisfying. It felt more like a very long, short-story.
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