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The characters were weak and hard to identify with, the plot seemed like something of a time past (yet wasn't), and the outcome of it all was ridiculous. Hope is like walking around with a fishhook in your mouth and somebody just keeps pulling it and pulling it.”, Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2012), Wellcome Book Prize Nominee for Shortlist (2011), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction and for Favorite Book (2011). I won’t give too much detail; you need to read this spoiler free. State of Wonder is rich in symbolism. Start by marking “State of Wonder” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Because it is only the constant pressure to produce, to publish, that would make a company like HarperCollins and a writer with the ability of Ann Patchett push forward this work, which is at best uneven and at worst something that I would expect to emerge from a blinded-by-friendship writer's group. I don't know who decided to package hope as a virtue because it's not. And the setting was vivid and artfully rendered without too much detail, it never became bogged down in descriptions, yet you felt the overpowering atmosphere at every turn. And I guess for me it falls into those categories of books I sometimes describe as "writers workshop-y" where the author's hand of god is felt forcefully through out the pages with heavy, purposeful plotting, archetypal characters who speak in pronouncements and orations instead of conversations. And the fact that she never manages to complete a phase of her journey without losing her luggage seems to be a clue to her emotional state. If it is, it's because I expect -- perhaps unfairly -- more of Patchett than this book has offered. 2.0 out of 5 stars state of wonder. It occurs to me, though, that wanting more of a book is as good a sign as any that it won me over completely. And. Audience Reviews for Wonder Dec 20, 2018 One could argue that a film about a family with a boy suffering from a facial deformity shouldn't have its most touching scene concerning only the family dog. Swenson is an ethnobiologist turned gynaecologist turned immunologist who is committed to keeping the Lakashi's secrets. . Book Review: 'State Of Wonder' A new novel from Ann Patchett, called State of Wonder, is set in the Amazon jungle where a drug has been found that can keep women fertile into their 70s. Fierce and driven, she refuses to communicate with her employer about the years she has spent putatively investigating why the Lakashi women are able to bear children into their 70s. 2011 - State of Wonder; The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life 2013 - This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage 2016 - Commonwealth 2019 - The Dutch House (Author bio adapted from Wikipedia. Why despair? Ironically this time it was a book club selection that I chose. I would say I was in State(s) of: Interest, Appreciation, Mild Irritation, Interest Modified by Moments of Irritation, Shock, and then Milder Shock that dwindled into a State of General Annoyance, which would possibly make it the longest book title in history. Marina's personal motivation for travelling to Brazil is to find out what happened to her colleague, Anders Eckman, who evidently died making the same trip before her; but her professional duty is to report back on research being carried out by Annick Swenson, who happens to be Singh's former professor. You’d expect a fearless heroine in a novel like this; instead you get Dr. Marina Singh, a neurotic woman with a really bad case of low self-esteem quite content with her life as a pharmacologist. Marina has made several important transitions. It's a smothering, overwhelmingly hot, green, creature-filled jungle approachable by waters infested with beings that can kill humans in myriad ways. . After all the rave reviews, my expectations were high. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. . Does that seem harsh? Patchett's novels typically derive their narrative energy from unlikely romantic entanglements that slowly unravel under the pressures of life. 15. And there may be a cure for infertility. State of Wonder Ann Patchett. Review from AntonySimpson.com: State of Wonder is a masterpiece novel, written by true wordsmith Ann Patchett. Identify a few—for example, Eden Prairie (Marina’s Minnesota home), Easter (the young deaf native boy), Milton (the Brazilian guide)—and talk about how Ann Patchett uses them to deepen the story. In the jungle she…more I would hope she would return to the jungle, leave her job in Minnesota. Ann Patchett is known for her well developed characters and plots that unravel at a pace that keeps you reading late into the night. What would you have done if you were in the shoes of Marina? Title: State of Wonder Author: Ann Patchett Genre: Fiction Year: 2011 Acquired: Library Rating: One Sentence Summary: A young pharmaceutical scientist heads into the heart of darkness that is the Amazonian rain forest to find her lost coworker and confront a scientist on the loose. 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. At Minnesota-based Vogel pharmaceuticals, weeks-old news of bio-researcher Anders Eckman’s Amazonian demise leads the company to send another scientist to find out what happened, and to complete Eckman’s charge. 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. It is the book that I sold by hand as a bookseller and the book that I still pass along to friends. Ann Patchett's sixth novel, State of Wonder, merges the two kingdoms in the story of a pharmacologist, Marina Singh, who travels into the Amazonian jungle to spend time with the mysterious Lakashi tribe. In her sixth novel, State of Wonder, Ann Patchett delivers an adventure story that still rests comfortably on the shelf of Literary Fiction.Researcher Marina Singh leaves her Minnesota lab for the Amazon to investigate a coworker's death and evaluate the research of a field team deep in the jungle. It’s deliciously gloomy and atmospheric, a dark adventure with Hitchcock style suspense. To see what your friends thought of this book, I would hope she would return to the jungle, leave her job in Minnesota. Patchett is unbelievably talented and this book left me with a feeling of Wow. [I loved the writing ... but the ending ruined it for me. Dr. Singh is fragile & incompetent. Does that seem harsh? As you can probably tell, I'm delaying the start of this review. Jungle girl, all the way! At Minnesota-based Vogel pharmaceuticals, weeks-old news of bio-researcher Anders Eckman’s Amazonian demise leads the company to send another scientist to find out what happened, and to complete Eckman’s charge. My pet peeve is when authors play fast and loose with characters and established world facts in order to advance plots. In the jungle she. Harper, $26.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-204980-3. If it is, it's because I expect -- perhaps unfairly -- more of Patchett. 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. My interest was captivated by the first paragraph and it lasted until the last line. There are fantastic birds and scary insects and snakes. Patchett is unbelievably talented and this book left me with a feeling of Wow. I read this at my mother's request and recommendation. The book would head in one direction for a while, then veer wildly in another. Ann Patchett's sixth novel. Verified Purchase. [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. Jill I would hope she would return to the jungle, leave her job in Minnesota. 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. June 7th 2011 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! Yet it's also home to tribes of natives who live with and from the jungle. That's questionable. ), this was an engaging and entertaining read. At the other extreme, there's the seething world below eye level, the microscopic life of cells and bacteria. I'm the author of the upcoming memoir Operation Cure Boredom (available 10.18.16). Adult Fiction. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called drama "that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment” and Patchett knew what he was talking about, she is able to make you do that completely. State of Wonder is heavy with literary parallels (to Henry James, to Greek myth), but in this respect the strongest links are to Heart of Darkness, a novel that Patchett substantially rewrites, with Conrad's male text repopulated with female characters (Swenson is this book's Kurtz). [s], Sept 18 - State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. 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). For example. She was part of a community. The basic plot of "State of Wonder": In the first sentence we learn that Dr. Anders Eckman is dead. by Ann Patchett. Future State: Wonder Woman #1 review – Yara Flor takes up the mantle Generations Shattered #1 review – a messy, weird, fun patchwork of DC history The Expanse season 5, episode 6 recap – Marcos makes [spoiler] an offer Surviving Death season 1 review – what happens when we die? In contrast, once Marina arrives in the jungle, we would actually like more minutiae about the basics of living there. It is the book that I sold by hand as a bookseller and the book that I still pass along to friends. State of Wonder echoes the asymmetries of that book in the emotional complexity that frames Marina's journey. It’s a wonder I never got to this sooner! My name is Dan Martin. It occurs to me, though, that wanting more of a book is as good a sign as any that it won me over completel. She is my absolute favorite living author and I own every single one of her books. Woman who journeys into a remote rain forest complete with aborigines and ends up discovering some health cure but there is a mystery/plot twist.... read between 2005-2009. One could also hope for subtler symbolism and metaphors, less stilted dialogue, more skillful writing. This is my second Ann Patchett novel, after meeting her through, This book has made me despair for the American publishing industry in a way I hadn't, yet. Identify a few --- for example, Eden Prairie (Marina’s Minnesota home), Easter (the young deaf native boy), Milton (the Brazilian guide) --- and talk about how Ann Patchett uses them to deepen the story. Ann Patchett's new novel is her most mature work to date. [ the kind of woman that loses all her luggage – twice! We’d love your help. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published The scene between the two could be an allegorical piece, staging an imaginary encounter between a pacifist and George W Bush before attacking Irak. 16,585 reviews. The book is a jewel box of structure, character, and language that left me overwhelmed with admirat. Patchett has built novels around emotionally sealed characters before – in the Orange prize-winning Bel Canto, for instance, the Japanese translator Gen suspects he has "the soul of a machine", but his repression is balanced by our access to the minds of other characters, whereas throughout State of Wonder we stay close to Marina's consciousness. It's a smothering, overwhelmingly hot, green, creature-filled jungle approachable by waters infested with beings that can kill humans in myriad ways. I'm a glutton for punishment, what can I say? She rarely recommends books and even more rarely asks me to let her know when I've finished so we can discuss it. State of Wonder echoes the asymmetries of that book in the emotional complexity that frames Marina's journey. She is my absolute favorite living author and I own every single one of her books. But State of Wonder was made in 1983. In the disenchanted millennial world, the American search for wonder centres on the very large and the unimaginably small. That is the beginning of the story and the basis on which the protagonist, Dr. Marina Singh, travels to Brazil to track what hap. 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). Yet since the novel begins, suggestively, on 1 April, perhaps we should be wary of taking State of Wonder at face value. Minnesota seems like a lovely fresh canvas at the end of the book. Definitely not my liking found this a hard slog and read other books from library in between found this slightly gruesome and a story not getting anywhere and the ending … When her first marriage ends, Marina wants to cry, but decides there isn't time. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Because it is only the constant pressure to produce, to publish, that would make a company like HarperCollins and a writer with the ability of Ann Patchett push forward this work, which is at best uneven and at worst something that I would expect to emerge from a blinded-by-friendship writer's group. I read this at my mother's request and recommendation. Scientist in the amazons seeks cancer cure. The second time around for this one. Hi! And when I started it last week he told me he couldn't believe I had waited three whole weeks to read it. In her first novel, 1992's The Patron Saint of Liars, Rose is more than 20 years younger than her second husband, but the cause of their marriage's long dark night is really their shared fidelity to a code of silence. State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett. First, if you haven't read the book and intend to, don't read this review. Review State of Wonder. Certainly not a romance with Anders. (“State of Terror” or “State of Hapless Stoicism, with Flashes of Humor” might do it.) It’s been a while since I read this, but I actually remember quite a bit of it. Bringing Easter to Minnesota? This novel was just what I've been looking for this summer: a dazzling story, a meaty pile of ethical questions, characters that endure long after the book is over, and prose that gets more beautiful the more you notice it. I'm not sure why the ending is seen as unhappy. My all-encompassing love for Ann Patchett is not a secret. Refresh and try again. Her mother is the novelist, “Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.”, “Hope is a horrible thing, you know. After all the rave reviews, my expectations were high. I would hope she would return to the jungle, leave her job in Minnesota. State of Wonder starts with the death of Anders Eckman, a Research Doctor for … Like Rose, Marina is in a relationship with a significantly older man – at 60, Jim Fox, her boss at the pharmaceutical company, is 18 years older than she is – and their relationship is marked by silences, with both "too fundamentally alone in their thoughts to stay with the other". And also, it talks place in the Amazonian rain forest, a place where I had recently spent some time. Dr. Marina Singh is sent from her home in Minnesota to the jungles of Brazil by her employer, a pharmaceutical company. “State of Wonder” is an immensely touching novel, although as with much of Patchett’s work, its emotional impact is somewhat muted by her indefatigable niceness. (Side note: remember that time she came to Chattanooga and I couldn't afford to go to the signing - still bitter about that). I've been anxiously waiting on the release State of Wonder for a while now, so when TLC gave me the opportunity to review, you know I was all over it. What's the Book You Can't Wait to Read This Summer? This would seem like a failure of the novel's imagination, but elsewhere in the book – particularly back in Marina's Minnesota – Patchett's phrasings capture the radiant details of small moments: "It wasn't a bright day but what light there was reflected off the snow and cast a wide silvery band across the breakfast table . Patchett brings the Amazon to life in this novel. State of Wonder is her first novel in 4 years and it’s worth the wait. 13 questions answered. It's a plague. There was nothing in Minnesota to give her cause to return. she reached down to rub the limp chamois of his ears.". But their nature was so elusive, obscured by the purposes for which Patchett frog marched them through the story. Review from AntonySimpson.com: State of Wonder is a masterpiece novel, written by true wordsmith Ann Patchett. 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. Reading State of Wonder is a sensory experience, and even after it’s over you’ll keep hearing the sounds of insects, and your own head will still be hot. [s], [Poll Ballot] State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - 4 stars, SOLVED. Welcome back. 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. Retrieved 9/5/2016.) 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. But I wanted to draw out the anticipation as long as I could - and it was SO worth it. 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. Great summer read! The Lakashi accepted her skills and presence among them. State of Wonder is as overstuffed as that all sounds, but it mostly works: The book’s dreamlike claustrophobia weaves a spell even when far-fetched plot twists tip toward absurdity. Pickles leaned up against Marina now and . Patchett brings the Amazon to life in this novel. She works in statin development, the field of cholesterol management that relies on drugs known as reductase inhibitors, but her inhibitions extend beyond the professional realm. The freedom fighters call themselves the WFP the War for … As such – and despite Marina's Indian ancestry – the southern hemisphere serves to highlight the way the northern hemisphere works, rather than existing as a place in itself. See all 16 questions about State of Wonder…. That’s a good sign. This book has made me despair for the American publishing industry in a way I hadn't, yet. 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. I spoil just about everything, including the ending, below. Lazy! The novel's geographic range is broad, but its visual spectrum is only intermittently enriched by its hemispheric crossings. There was nothing in Minnesota to give her cause to return. While Future State: Wonder Woman is only a two-issue mini-series, Jones tweeted in November of 2020 that Yara Flor would be returning after the Future State event ends. My all-encompassing love for Ann Patchett is not a secret. Even when the novel seems to call for the enlarged field of reference brought on by unfamiliar sights, Patchett is strangely evasive, as when Marina tries to reflect on the jungle but thinks only of her own past: "She kept still, looking out through the top of the hammock . In the wake of another close coworker's apparent death in the jungle, Marina Singh is dispatched into, as … In its broad outlines, the Amazon voyage animates a series of clichés – the insects come "down in a storm", there's a wrestling match with an anaconda, an encounter with another tribe brings poison-tipped arrows "raining down" – while the jungle itself is characterised by "screeching cries of death and slithering piles of leaves". State of Wonder raises questions of morality and principle, civilization, culture, love, and science. The typical assumption of our age, I guess, but not particularly edifying to read about. That is till her boss & lover Mr. Fox (exactly the kind of ass insecure women go for) bullies her into taking on the quest of finding a missing colle. And according to DC Comics own blog, the CW is developing a Wonder Girl live-action series that would star a younger Yara Flor, before she took the mantle of Wonder Woman. That is till her boss & lover Mr. 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. This book is an example of "slow and steady wins the race." There was a lot of showing done here - as if Patchett wanted to show off how much she had learned about obstetrics and ethnobotony, and through Dr. Swenson's long soliloquies that filed plot holes and lurched the plot forward (and to provide a much-too obvious foil for Dr. Singh). The characters were interesting--flawed and often unsympathetic--but like real people, there were moments of redemption. Goes on my favorites list and is in fact one of my all-time favorites! It's probably impossible to avoid making comparisons between Ann Patchett's new novel STATE OF WONDER and Joseph Conrad's classic novella "Heart of Darkness," so I'm not even going to try. I'm not sure why the ending is seen as unhappy. The book is a jewel box of structure, character, and language that left me overwhelmed with admiration. It lacks the developed emotional core of Patchett's earlier books, but it is her most mature work to date, a novel that tries to be more alive to the nerve ends of philosophical life than to the simpler machinery of character motivation. (think Kurtz) Pharmacological researcher Marina Singh (think M. Mistah Kurtz, he dead, well, Mr. Eckman anyway. And there may be a cure for infertility. 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. Review from AntonySimpson.com: State of Wonder is a masterpiece novel, written by true wordsmith Ann Patchett. Bringing Easter to Min. state of wonder by Ann Patchett ‧ RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2011 A pharmacologist travels into the Amazonian heart of darkness in this spellbinder from bestselling author Patchett ( … At one pole, there's the globe as playground, the hunt through the shrinking wildernesses for whatever magic may somehow lie hidden beyond the totalising reach of GPS. The day it came in the mail I called Luke at work because I was so excited. Here, there were some interesting nascent characters - Karen the widow, Dr. Singh, Easter. Just as Bel Canto's siege unstitches the old parameters – time, language, class – that govern the characters' lives, so the jungle in State of Wonder is a space in which the calendar, medical ethics and capitalist economics are suspended and then sliced open for further consideration. Raises questions of morality and principle, civilization, culture, love, and language that left me with feeling. 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