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byPatchett, Ann Ann Patchett raises the bar with State of Wonder, a provocative and ambitious novel set Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION There were people on the banks of the the tangled waterways and. Editorial Reviews. Review. Amazon Best Books of the Month, June In State of Wonder, pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh sets off.

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Praise for State of Wonder Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, ANN PATCHETT is the author of five previous novels, including Run and Bel. State of Wonder. View PDF. Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction book | Fiction | May US & Canada → HarperCollins (Ed. Jonathan Burnham). Read State of Wonder Full Book PDF. Award-winning "New York Times"- bestselling author Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, The Magician's Assistant) returns with a.

Fox kept out, one of her alone that was in the kitchen, and another in the den with their two daughters on a rafting trip, she looked like someone Marina would like. In Run , a woman just happens to be hit by a car; a boy just happens to see it occur; a family just happens to recognize the significance. 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 Ann Patchett raises the bar with State of Wonder, a provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle. Picture perfect in their different roles. They fell into her room, into her bed, and stayed there until they had exhausted themselves with every act of love and anger and apology and forgiveness they could think of that might stand in for what they did not have the words to say.

The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past. Once found, Dr. Swenson is as imperious and uncompromising as ever. But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones Dr.

Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina. State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss. It is a tale that leads the reader into the very heart of darkness, and then shows us what lies on the other side.

Boxid IA City New York. Donor torontobookdrive. Edition 1st ed. External-identifier urn: Extramarc Princeton University Library. Identifier stateofwonder00patc. Identifier-ark ark: Isbn Lccn Page-progression lr. Pages Ppi Related-external-id urn: Scandate Scanner scribe4. Scanningcenter uoft. Fox and one of the creepy Australians come to the jungle too!

Oh wow, a party! And we can trade the abducted child for him. Other oddness: I felt more character development was done on the boats than this entire apparently stable population -The rainforest ecosystem is considered complex for a reason.

View all 44 comments. Nov 14, carol. Alas, I did not reach a state of wonder reading this. I would say I was in State s of: A super-summary: For those of you not familiar with the pharmaceutical industry, let me give you the subtext: Marina has gone from supporting the growth of life and healing to outright capitalism. Anders had been sent to remote Brazil to check in on a study the company is funding, searching for the source of a remote indigenous group's surprising fertility.

One day, the head researcher, Dr. Swenson, sends an note saying Eckman has died, and Mr. Fox, who Marina calls 'Mr. Fox' despite having an affair with him, sends Marina to Brazil to investigate. Marina's a product of both Indian and Minnesotian Norweigian heritage, and part of State of Wonder seems to be about her reconciling her life. I say "part," because while she is suffering from anti-malaria drug dreams, she usually dreams about her Indian father and not the white mother who raised her.

The history never quite makes the jump from dreamland to reality, however, and only emphasizes the extent to which she is disconnected from her own life. The thought of meeting Dr. Swenson again also brings up lingering conflict about her medical residency in obstetrics, and her decision to leave the program.

Apparently, the overall story themes bear some parallels with Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness , which I have not read. Perhaps then this book would have resonated more.

But do we really need a feminine re-interpretation and modernization of "man-goes-to-heart-of-Africa" novel? It's rather an obnoxious premise: I was half expecting the imperialist overtones, so to have a narrator who hails from multiple ethnic backgrounds was an interesting twist.

It felt a little like a crutch, however, to have her hail from Minnesota and raised by her white mother; as if then Patchett could draw on her own voice and not develop the voice of someone who moves between multiple cultures. It reminded me quite a bit of Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible in that people who identify with American-dominant culture are transplanted to the most remote place possible and set up to interact with "primitive" cultures.

Understand, I'm in no way calling the other cultures 'primitive,' just that the culture clash is set up as two extremes from an imperialist perspective. I do enjoy Patchett's prose, which is what ultimately saved this book.

The first paragraph begins with an Aerogram, and anyone who has used it can identify with the description of "a breath of tissue so insubstantial that only the stamp seemed to anchor it to this world.

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The dog would have to stand in for their minister if they had one. The dog would be Karen's mother, her sister, whoever it was she wished was standing next to her when everything came down. The dog would have to be Anders.

She drifted along a path set by other people, and persisted in lacking any agency in charting her own fate. She is disconnected from herself and her world, making it hard for the reader to care about her.

She lacks passion for people, a commitment to her community and a drive to succeed.

As a character, we have very little information on how she spends time besides her work in the lab. Swenson, on the other hand, is a dynamic force of a person, directing, orchestrating, manipulating.

She is a far more interesting person, even though she is not particularly likeable. What ultimately decreased my rating was the ending. Marina spends pages and pages getting to Brazil, pages and pages waiting in the city, Manaus, and then some time acclimating to the jungle, but in the last 25 pages, Marina makes a major discovery and two extremely significant events occur that will reverberate throughout many lives. After the slow build, it was shocking; though it technically resolves plot points, it was an emotional cliffhanger of an ending that seemed remarkably incongruous with the character development we had.

Two-and-a-half star read. Cross posted at http: View all 69 comments. Jan 21, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it. Mistah Kurtz, he dead, well, Mr. Eckman anyway. He had been sent to determine the status of research, on a long-overdue revolutionary fertility drug, being conducted by the reclusive, and somewhat scary Doctor Annick Swenson.

Along the way she has to overcome several obstacles, including a pair of gatekeepers in a Brazilian city, conflict about leaving her significant other, and a fear of facing her former teacher. In addition there are the physical challenges of travelling up-river into this remote and forbidding place, some incoming poison arrows, a plague of insects, a very large snake, and some persistent nightmares.

Ann Patchett — at her bookstore - image from her site In a road-trip-journey-of-self-discovery story, it is first imperative that one identify with the searcher.

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While Marina is a somewhat sympathetic character, it is tough to feel wholly supportive of her, let alone empathetic. She has committed some errors in her life, like the rest of us, but she keeps making such dumb mistakes that she makes one think she might have been better off staying home. Following is borderline spoiler material, so you might want to close your eyes for a line or two.

For instance, she leaves her satellite phone in stowed luggage rather than with her carry-on materials. Any guesses what happens? Not only does she lose her sat-phone when the airline mislays her luggage on arrival in Brazil, she then proceeds to lose all her new belongings once again when she arrives at her up-river destination. There is a much bigger error in judgment that happens near the end but I will spare you that one. A fair bit actually. What I most enjoyed were the echoes of Joseph Conrad and other classical references to be found here.

Marina is herself the embodiment of such diversity, being the product of an Indian as in South Asian, not Native American father and a Caucasian American mother. The Congo that Conrad wrote of was a source of natural resources for European colonialists. In this contemporary version, it is the potential for pharmacological resources to be found in Amazonia that the West is looking to exploit.

And Minnesota offers an image of coldness to contrast with the heat of the Brazilian jungle. A young native character is Easter, which must have something to do with sacrifice and return, ya think? What might be thought of as a tree of knowledge shows up as well. Considering the stripping of her externalities that came before, it seems pretty clear that someone is being reborn. He walked her into the water up to their knees and then up to their waists.

It was like a bath, silky and warm. The current was so slight it barely disturbed her clothes. She wanted to lie down in it. Milton dipped his own handkerchief into the water and spread it wet over the top of her head. A harpy eagle, reminiscent of the harpies of mythology, puts in an appearance, toting a soul to Hades, no doubt. In fact, birds show up a fair bit. The pharmaceutical company in question is called Vogel, German for bird. A large white bird, a jaribu stork, flaps through. In Egyptian mythology, this bird is associated with the soul of the dead communicating with the living.

Feathered friends pop up a few more times, but I did not catch any obvious or easily researchable references from them. Marina is seen in avian plumage as well: The color purple, the color, not the story, turns up several times. This is usually associated with either royalty or spirituality. I am going with the latter here. OK, OK. I know I tend to go overboard with such things, and it is always possible, likely even, that the author did not intend all these references.

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But just in case. Finally hope as a theme comes into play. The core of the jungle research is a fertility drug. What could symbolize hope more than that? She harbors faint hope that he might still be alive. Marina gains some hope of redemption. On the other hand: Hope is a horrible thing, you know. Hope is like walking around with a fishhook in your mouth and somebody keeps pulling and pulling it. But then: Some light does seep through. State of Wonder can feel slow—maybe like a journey up-river?

There is content to be had, questions raised, moral dilemmas to be resolved, and some bio-tech issues to consider. This is a thoughtful and interesting read. View all 32 comments. Jun 19, Danielle McClellan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I thought that Ann Patchett had made her great contribution to literature with "Bel Canto," which seemed to me to be the perfect novel, and stays high on the list of my very favorites. It is the book that I sold by hand as a bookseller and the book that I still pass along to friends.

I should keep a stack of them since I have handed mine off so many times that I never know if I have a copy or not. The book is a jewel box of structure, character, and language that left me overwhelmed with admirat I thought that Ann Patchett had made her great contribution to literature with "Bel Canto," which seemed to me to be the perfect novel, and stays high on the list of my very favorites.

The book is a jewel box of structure, character, and language that left me overwhelmed with admiration. Since reading that book, I have read Patchett's other books and enjoyed them all, particularly "Run," but never again have I had that out-of-body, transcendent reading experience until now. I have just finished it in a straight reading jag that thankfully fell when the kids were out of town with my husband for the weekend otherwise, I am afraid that it would have been bad-mommy mac and cheese and a cartoon movie in order to carve out the reading time I needed.

I don't want to give anything away, except to say that this is "Heart of Darkness" recast in contemporary Brazil, and Patchett's heroine, who goes into the forest on a mission and finds herself tested at every point, is beautifully rendered.

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I dare any reader to put the book down during the final fifty pages. It is a fantastic, inevitable ending that I never saw coming. View all 12 comments. Feb 19, Clare Cannon rated it it was ok Shelves: In spite of lengthy descriptions of the experiment and professorial soliloquising by the matriarch, the science and ethics of the experiment is secondary to the drama of the story, and perhaps because I didn't really care for any of the characters I cared even less about their dramas.

The general plot kept the story going in an unobjectionable direction: Yet many of the characters had confused little escapades along the way, the main character is in a non-public physical relationship with her years senior boss, and view spoiler [the elderly matriarch is participating in her own experiment and is 7 months pregnant the father's identity is left unclear , and in a rather strange episode the main character sleeps with a man she has just rescued, told in a way that implies any two friends would do surely the same after all they'd been through.

The typical assumption of our age, I guess, but not particularly edifying to read about hide spoiler ].

The two specific scenes were described, but more 'poetically' than graphically. Personally I don't think it's worth the read, but if melodramatic and rather bizarre scientific experiments set in the middle of the jungle and told in the style of a higher-level tv drama sound enticing, then the quality of the writing may make this slightly higher-level than others of its type.

View all 15 comments. Jul 24, Arah-Lynda rated it it was amazing Shelves: This marks the third time that I have dipped into the writing pool of Ann Patchett and let me tell you, she does not disappoint!

Marina Singh embarks on a trip to Brazil in an effort to determine two things: What happened to her colleague, who had died there scant weeks ago and what kind of progress was being made by her former mentor in the development of a new fertility drug that was being funded by her pharmaceutical company. Both of these tasks prove to be most complex and difficult to a This marks the third time that I have dipped into the writing pool of Ann Patchett and let me tell you, she does not disappoint!

Both of these tasks prove to be most complex and difficult to acheive. Her former mentor's work is at the center of her journey and involves a little known tribe of people whose ability to procreate extends well into their seventies and proves to be as closely linked to their life's rituals as the environment in which they live. Patchett is such a fine writer that you become an unseen guest on this quest into the Amazon rain forest. Encounters with cannibals, poison arrows, humongous anacondas, pyschedelic fungi and the ever incessant, insect infested jungle.

OH MY! This one left me in a State of Wonder. View all 14 comments. Aug 03, Maggie rated it really liked it. This novel was just what I've been looking for this summer: I didn't love the novel's end; it was a bit too rushed for me, and the sudden pile-on of action left me wanting more of the slow build-up that carried us to the climax. It occurs to me, though, that wanting more of a book is as good a sign as any that it won me over completel This novel was just what I've been looking for this summer: It occurs to me, though, that wanting more of a book is as good a sign as any that it won me over completely.

Apparently I have a thing for matriarchal Heart of Darkness scenarios. View all 6 comments. Jun 09, Brandice rated it really liked it Shelves: State of Wonder was such a great story, one I was hooked on right from the beginning. Marina Singh, a scientist working for a pharmaceutical company, Vogel, in Minnesota, is sent down to the jungle of Brazil to find out what happened in the death of her close co-worker, Anders.

He had previously traveled there to check on the progress of a doctor whose research regarding fertility drugs is being funded by Vogel. This doctor, Dr. The State of Wonder was such a great story, one I was hooked on right from the beginning. Swenson are hardly forthcoming when Marina arrives. I liked Marina as a character almost instantly. She was thoughtful and caring, detailed and smart.

I found the story itself to be interesting and also have to admire how Ann Patchett has once again, created an unusual yet believable and captivating book. She has certainly mastered the skill of storytelling. View all 20 comments. Jun 21, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's been seven years since I first read State of Wonder , and the novel is even more luminous than I remembered.

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Ann Patchett is one of my veryveryvery favorite writers, and rereading her books is such a joy. The story follows Dr. Marina Singh, who is tasked with going to the Amazon to learn what happened to a colleague who died while working on a new drug. Singh's journey is both perilous and emotional, and this reader was captivated all over again by her adventure.

If you like beautiful writing, It's been seven years since I first read State of Wonder , and the novel is even more luminous than I remembered. If you like beautiful writing, descriptive storytelling and characters who are so real you feel like you would recognize them on the street, you should get yourself an Ann Patchett book. Highly recommended for anyone who loves literary fiction. Opening Passage "The news of Anders Eckman's death came by way of Aerogram, a piece of bright blue airmail paper that served as both the stationery and, when folded over and sealed along the edges, the envelope.

Who even knew they still made such things? This single sheet had traveled from Brazil to Minnesota to mark the passing of a man, a breath of tissue so insubstantial that only the stamp seemed to anchor it to this world.

Jul 01, Paddy rated it it was ok. After all the rave reviews, my expectations were high. But this is no Bel Canto. The infuriatingly hapless heroine does not look ahead to scout out minor everyone knows to pack some necessities in carry-on luggage, including cell phone or major consequences of her actions and is locked in past failures and losses one grows tired of her lost father nightmares and all her screaming. One could also hope for subtler symbolism and metaphors, less stilted dialogue, more skillful writing.

For example After all the rave reviews, my expectations were high. For example, the plot mires down in Manaus with minutiae of daily discomforts and too many days of waiting.

In contrast, once Marina arrives in the jungle, we would actually like more minutiae about the basics of living there. Frivolous notes: I heard Patchett on a local radio show she sounds like someone who is a lot of fun and a good friend and she described naming two characters for a Nashville couple who bought the opportunity to have Patchett name characters for them at a charity auction.

Hence, we get the name Bovender.

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Patchett described the real-life Bovenders as generous arts patrons and wonderful people. She did not go on to share that another couple in this novel are named for beloved Nashvillians, Nancy and Alan Saturn.

Nancy owned one of the country's best craft shops and she and Alan were huge supporters of the arts, including Sinking Creek Film Festival. Patchett is married to a physician, Karl VanDefender, who I'll bet is the son of my daughter's first pediatrician, who had that last name she was born in Nashville.

It says something that my paragraph about personal details is longer than my paragraph about the novel. Bottom line: I'd love to enjoy a dinner party with Patchett and her husband, but I wanted more from this novel. Feb 11, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Discovery State of Wonder is a story that conveys a wonderful adventure of stunning scope and scenery.

Marina Singh is sent into the isolated regions of the Rio Negro to investigate the death of one colleague and meet up with her former professor and team leader Dr Swenson. Dr Swenson has been pursuing a biologic drug candidate which could revolutionise treatment for women. The investors, funding the research, are keen to understand the details, but it is shrouded in secrecy.

Will they ever get i Discovery State of Wonder is a story that conveys a wonderful adventure of stunning scope and scenery. Will they ever get it out of the Amazon basin or will it remain another secret of the rainforest?

The narrative keeps us balanced between the wonders of the remote rainforests and the dangers ready to inflict damage at any moment. The wonderful writing creates an imagery that enables us to step inside this world and see the expanse and allure of the rainforests, feel the humidity and atmosphere of the jungle, and get a sense of the hidden tribes in these regions.

Many tribes have never engaged with the outside world and some are still cannibalistic, while others have accepted interactions with these strangers. Each tribe is very territorial with their own unique characteristics and secrets. There is a wonderful feeling of authenticity through the rituals and cultures as they dictate so much of the actions taken. Many are just so alien to our experiences.

I love the pace Ann Patchett delivers in her books that is gentle and flowing and just keeps you wanting to turn the pages. It is a brilliant engrossing story of exceptional insight and fantastic backdrop of the rainforest. I love Patchett's writing style and I highly recommend this book.

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View 2 comments. Oct 14, Kerry rated it did not like it Shelves: I really wanted to like this book. In fact, I gave up after the 4th disc the audio book has 11 discs. The story plods on like the stifling heat of the jungle, so slow, that it was all padding and no plot for almost half of the book! The author wrote painstaking all the tedious details of Marina's past she has father issu I really wanted to like this book. The author wrote painstaking all the tedious details of Marina's past she has father issues, okay, we get it!

There was hardly any story in the first 4 chapters! I didn't wait to find out where things started to take off -- I lost interest by then. Characters can be brought to life with economy of words see Maugham instead of self-indulgent drivel.

What a waste of my time! I also dislike the audio rendition by Hope Davis. She reads with such a mournful tone I either fell asleep or wanted to kill myself!! S American - Amazon. Marina Singh, a neurotic woman with a really bad case of low self-esteem quite content with her life as a pharmacologist. Fox exactly the kind of ass insecure women go for bullies her into taking on the quest of finding a missing colleague, a journey that sends her completely out of her comfort zone deep into a Brazilian rain forest.

There are a couple of unforgettable scenes, one involving a meeting at the opera, another with an anaconda snake. The plot can be a bit of a stretch, forgiven for it's depth.

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Tackles the ethical ambiguities surrounding medical research and the impact of scientific exploration on native cultures. Also, enough with the rehashing of Marina's nightmare about losing her father. Prepare to do some skimming: View all 33 comments. Feb 10, Bucket rated it it was ok Shelves: First, if you haven't read the book and intend to, don't read this review.

I spoil just about everything, including the ending, below. This just didn't work for me. So much bothers me about the way State of Wonder is written and the way the story plays out that I'm overwhelmed by where to begin. I guess the first thing that bothered me was Dr. Swenson - she's a caricature. Her actions and words are absurd and the way the other characters respond to her is worse. It's not just that I didn't like First, if you haven't read the book and intend to, don't read this review.

It's not just that I didn't like her - she also made no sense. How would someone like her have ever gained such power over those around her? Why in the world does Mr. Fox wait years and not cut off funding? Even if he wants the drug, she could be laying on the beach down there and he has no idea.

It's nonsense. While Marina was a decently well-rounded character, there was a weird issue towards the beginning of the novel where her big secret is being divulged to the reader. Marina isn't stating it aloud - the reader is basically inside her head - yet there are continual interruptions where she has a conversation or notes something she sees or hears.

Of course, this is meant to drag out the suspense, but stylistically it's bizarre. Are we meant to believe that Marina is literally thinking out the words we're reading and keeps getting interrupted? She's not writing or speaking. She's not even narrating, really - who writes that way?? As the book moves forward the sheer volume of convenient plot twists and coincidences made me want to scream. Everything feels forced into moving the plot along. For example: While I was happy to accept the fiction of the story that there are trees that will let you be fertile into your 70s and beyond I couldn't accept the coincidences and the tendency of characters to behave completely out of character to further the plot.

The worst part was absolutely the end. Anders and Marina have sex? For real? Our author justifies this by saying that they needed to be intimate after what had happened, and they would have been intimate with their respective partners had those people been available, but they weren't so they just had each other.

That is insane. Honestly, the idea that someone has to have sex with someone, doesn't matter who, because a rough experience has ended is offensive. The worst is over - I must have sex! There is one thing that is quite good about this book - the writing about the jungle.

The description is excellent and made me feel like I was there among the endless green of the trees and the roots and the vines and the creepy crawlies. This, coupled with the decent characterization of Marina, is why I'll give Ann Patchett another try. View all 5 comments. Feb 01, Madeline rated it really liked it. Full disclosure: I fucking hated Heart of Darkness , so when I read that this was sort of a female version of the story, I was wary. But State of Wonder is, fortunately, nothing like Heart of Darkness.

For one thing, it's coherent bazinga! Conrad can suck it. The story follows Marina Singh, a researcher at Vogel Pharmaceutical. For years, Vogel has been funding a research project in the Amazon, led by Singh's form Full disclosure: For years, Vogel has been funding a research project in the Amazon, led by Singh's former med school teacher, the formidable Dr.

Swenson is researching an isolated tribe, the Lakashi, who have freakishly high fertility rates, in order to create a new fertility drug. The only problem is that Swenson is extremely secretive, to the point where she barely communicates with Vogel and won't reveal the location of her research station in the jungle.

When a research who worked with Singh dies while visiting Swenson, Singh is dispatched to the Amazon to find Swenson and the research station, and find out what happened to the man who died. It takes a good chunk of the book just to find the damn researchers, but once Singh does this it only gets more exciting. In fact, every time the story was in danger of dragging, a new twist or piece of information was revealed, and I was hooked again. All the characters are good although Marina Singh was, admittedly, my least favorite.

If she doesn't remind you of at least one teacher from your past who intimidated the everloving crap out of you, then I envy your innocence. Patchett's descriptions of the Amazon are glorious and evocative, and since I've never been to the Amazon her portrayal could be total bullshit for all I know, but it's exceptionally convincing either way: When it was fully dark only the misguided insects pelted themselves into the people on board while the rest chose to end their lives against the two bright, hot lights on either side of the boat.

The night was filled with the relentless ping of their bodies hitting the glass. There are issues with the story, of course. Your belief must be firmly and securely suspended to enjoy this book as much as it should be enjoyed.

It's true: But this issues were surprisingly easy to ignore - to the point where I wasn't even aware of them until I read other reviews pointing them out. In fact, considering my experience with Ann Patchett's novels the other one I've read, Bel Canto has similar leaps in plausibility and realism , I think her books can be enjoyed much more if you think of them as taking place, not in the real world, but in an alternate universe that is similar to ours, but just different enough to allow the stories she tells to happen.

Does that make sense? I don't think this story could have taken place in the real world, but I don't think it was supposed to. Heart of Darkness was written as a fever dream by man who had seen way too much evil to be able to properly process it or was that Apocalypse Now? I don't care , and State of Wonder takes place in a similarly dream-like universe that operates by its own rules, and I loved visiting it. View all 9 comments. Nov 27, Margitte rated it liked it. From the official blurb: In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, State of Wonder presents a world of From the official blurb: In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity.

Medical research, moral highs and lows, professional envy, and riches hidden away in the jungle, are the main elements in this story. Main characters Dr. Annick Swenson Dr. Marina Singh Dr. Did not identify with anyone, although I found them interesting characters. Picture perfect in their different roles.

Nothing surprising there. Nevertheless, the easy writing style kept me reading and enjoying the experience. It was a truly relaxing and interesting read. Nothing new. But good anyway. The book does not aim to be an emotional spiderweb of entanglement and destruction. Quite the contrary. It's a feel-good memory with a feel-good ending. I needed it. Aug 14, Uomo di Speranza rated it it was amazing Shelves: When everyone was in about second grade, their teacher taught them about how each butterfly was once an entirely alternative being called a caterpillar.

She also must have thrown in the term "cocoon" while you were thinking about how mean the cockney in front of you was for stealing your colorful eraser. Nevertheless, most everyone conceived the concept that there were two inseparable stages to a butterfly's life, two states completely indistinguishable from one another WARNING: Nevertheless, most everyone conceived the concept that there were two inseparable stages to a butterfly's life, two states completely indistinguishable from one another.

Being the conceited little priss that I was, my brain never thought this knowledge would be applicable to life in the future. And I was only to be proved wrong years later by a book my very eyes devoured.

State of Wonder by Anne Patchett describes the experiences of pharmacologist Marina Singh when getting to and living in the Amazon rain forest. After a colleague of Marina's named Anders Eckman dies there, Marina is sent by her boss and lover, Jim Fox, to both discover the exact cause of Eckman's death and oversee the progress of brilliant Dr. Annick Swenson, who is studying the indigenous Lakashi people so that a drug permitting lifelong fertility in females can be forged.

Singh's determination to discover how her colleague perished is intensified by a heart-wrenching plea from Karen Eckman, Anders' widow who is left with three mourning boys while she is still miserable herself, for information about the death.

One found phenomenon unexpectedly turns out to be an alternative Dr. Marina Singh-the scant resources and dire situations that the Amazon present cause our main character to perform previously unthinkable actions. When an anaconda threatens to strangle her ever-lovable companion, a deaf boy named Easter, Marina suddenly finds enough courage to murder the great snake with a machete. Marina was once Dr. Swenson's gynecology student, but switched her major to pharmacology after performing a hasty cesarean something I am so glad we didn't have to complete a lab about in biology that blinded the baby she was delivering.

When a Lakashi woman is in desperate need of a cesarean because her infant is for lack of a better word stuck, Marina finds herself forced by an incapable Dr.

Swenson to actually conduct the necessitated procedure on a wooden floor with unsterilized equipment and shoehorns to hold open the uterus. When Dr. Fox actually comes into the Amazon to check on her, Marina doesn't tell him the imperative secret every doctor there is incubating: Then it is discovered that Anders is really alive, which leads to Marina having sex with her former colleague on small cot.

The Marina Singh who boarded that plane bound for the Amazon would never have executed any of the aforementioned actions. She loved Dr. Fox and therefore would never have desired to hurt his well-being. Karen Eckman was a morbid woman who reached out to Dr. Singh in a time of need, not a person whose spouse she would desire as a sexual partner. The bleak lab at Vogel Pharmaceutical company was her home, a place where discomforts meant tedious faculty meetings, not watching an anaconda strangle the life out of her friend.

She had palpably turned into a butterfly somewhere along the way All humans experience dramatic change-in-state's throughout their lives. It is imperative that after these changes transpire, we do not completely revert back to our previous state. What comes to the forefront of my mind when I think of this concept is the drastic change from childhood to adulthood-would I witness Barney singing on my television every twenty-four hours nowadays?

Would I hold on to my parent's hand every time I cross the street now that I am a teenager?