Author: Ann Patchett
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publish Date: June 7, 2011
Source: TLC Book Tours
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You like contemporary fiction.
- You're an armchair travel.
From Amazon.com: " As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest's jeweled canopy."
My Two Cents:
I've had my eye on this book for awhile so I was really glad that I finally got a chance to sit down and enjoy it. Patchett weaves a web of characters that all seem brought together for the main character, Marina, to finally realize some of life's truths that don't really come so easily to all of us.
I liked Marina, the main character, but I think that I may have enjoyed reading about Dr. Annick Swenson before. She's a really interesting character. She seems to move through the world with the utmost efficiency. When it comes to morals, she's sort of a mixed bag, I thought. There is one huge twist (and no, I won't give it away) in the book regarding Annick's research in the rainforest. It was shocking that someone could do that supposedly in the name of science; there had to be another way!
I loved the setting of the book too: the Amazon rainforest. I think that if I were a scientist, that would have to be one of the coolest places to do work even if it is dangerous. And it's very dangerous as the reader can see from the characters' encounters with an anaconda. I think I'm probably going to have nightmares about that part of the book for a long time. Even that scene serves a purpose though. I thought Patchett did a great job of pulling together all of the different events in the book that at first seemed to have no real connection into something bigger. It was almost as if Marina was going through some sort of spiritual awakening.
"But we cannot unbraid the story of another person's life and take out all the parts that don't suit our purposes and put forth only the ones that do." - Ann Patchett, "State of Wonder"
Bottom line: This is the kind of book that takes a little bit of warming up to before it really takes off. Once it takes off, it's worth hanging around for.
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Wednesday, May 9th: Take Me Away
Monday, May 14th: Proud Book Nerd
Tuesday, May 15th: Tiramisu Mom
Wednesday, May 16th: Jo-Jo Loves to Read!
Friday, May 18th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, May 21st: The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Tuesday, May 22nd: Lit and Life
Wednesday, May 23rd: Shall Write
Thursday, May 24th: Kritters Ramblings
Monday, May 28th: Stiletto Storytime
Wednesday, May 30th: A Bookish Affair
Thursday, May 31st: Paperback Princess
Thursday, June 7th: Dolce Bellezza
Monday, June 11th: Tina’s Book Reviews
Tuesday, June 12th: Amused By Books
Thursday, June 14th: missris
Friday, June 15th: My Bookshelf
Monday, June 18th: A Library of My Own
Tuesday, June 19th: The Scarlet Letter
Wednesday, June 27th: Man of La Book
TBD: Book Him Danno!