I read this at my mother's request and recommendation. 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 . 15. And there may be a cure for infertility. 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. If it is, it's because I expect -- perhaps unfairly -- more of 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. Dr. Swenson has been in the field for many years, but details have not been forthcoming. And when I started it last week he told me he couldn't believe I had waited three whole weeks to read it. I read this at my mother's request and recommendation. Yet it's also home to tribes of natives who live with and from the jungle. It's a smothering, overwhelmingly hot, green, creature-filled jungle approachable by waters infested with beings that can kill humans in myriad ways. My interest was captivated by the first paragraph and it lasted until the last line. 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. There was nothing in Minnesota to give her cause to return. I'm not sure why the ending is seen as unhappy. Malarial mosquitoes, 15-foot anacondas, and a fertility research team gone AWOL—the author of Bel Canto talks about State of Wonder, her new... 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. But their nature was so elusive, obscured by the purposes for which Patchett frog marched them through the story. In contrast, once Marina arrives in the jungle, we would actually like more minutiae about the basics of living there. 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. She is my absolute favorite living author and I own every single one of her books. 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. 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. 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. Ironically this time it was a book club selection that I chose. There are fantastic birds and scary insects and snakes. Future State: Wonder Woman #1 opens in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, as Yara deals with an unpredictable superhero threat. 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. 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 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). I believed in the existence of each character. In the wake of another close coworker's apparent death in the jungle, Marina Singh is dispatched into, as … But this is no Bel Canto. I'm not sure why the ending is seen as unhappy. Great summer read! When her first marriage ends, Marina wants to cry, but decides there isn't time. Why despair? Adult Fiction. Why despair? State of Wonder is rich in symbolism. 13 questions answered. 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. Welcome back. 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 … 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. State of Wonder, Review and Giveaway. by HarperCollins Publishers. 'State of Wonder' is an imaginative tale of mystery, morals, ethics, and the delicate balance that can exist within the world, both within a single ecosystem and within ourselves. 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. 14. There was nothing in Minnesota to give her cause to return. Dr. Singh is fragile & incompetent. State of Wonder Except for an annoying reliance on stereotypes of Minnesotans (Patchett is seemingly unaware of the diversity of culture and ethnicity in the Twin Cities, not to mention, we're also perfectly at home with the plentiful trees in our rather leafy urban and suburban landscapes...perhaps she confused Minnesota with South Dakota? This book is an example of "slow and steady wins the race." State of Wonder echoes the asymmetries of that book in the emotional complexity that frames Marina's journey. But if Marina is elusive, so too is the world in which she moves. And there may be a cure for infertility. 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. SOLVED. 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, I would hope she would return to the jungle, leave her job in Minnesota. It is the book that I sold by hand as a bookseller and the book that I still pass along to friends. She was part of a community. She rarely recommends books and even more rarely asks me to let her know when I've finished so we can discuss it. I don't know who decided to package hope as a virtue because it's not. The complexity of the plot, the themes, and the characters is way to difficult to describe in detail without giving things away, so I'll just summarize by saying: the Amazon, a miracle fertility drug, anacondas, cannibals, and the mystery surrounding a man's death. The day it came in the mail I called Luke at work because I was so excited. 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. 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. . Patchett is unbelievably talented and this book left me with a feeling of Wow. Sometimes you can really enjoy a book while you are reading it, then when you are completely done and reflect for a few minutes realize it is not just improbable, but impossible. State of Wonder is her first novel in 4 years and it’s worth the wait. 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. Yet since the novel begins, suggestively, on 1 April, perhaps we should be wary of taking State of Wonder at face value. 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. It occurs to me, though, that wanting more of a book is as good a sign as any that it won me over completely. The book was okay. [I loved the writing ... but the ending ruined it for me. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. [s], [Poll Ballot] State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - 4 stars, SOLVED. This was a beautifully crafted novel with a unique plot that never became preachy or politicized issues so I was never taken out of the story. 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". I'm the author of the upcoming memoir Operation Cure Boredom (available 10.18.16). In the jungle she worked as the practicing physician she would never have the opportunity to do in Minnesota. I am referring to the end scene. The book was okay. Review from AntonySimpson.com: State of Wonder is a masterpiece novel, written by true wordsmith Ann Patchett. Patchett brings the Amazon to life in this novel. Mistah Kurtz, he dead, well, Mr. Eckman anyway. But the boy doesn't understand the concept of danger. For example, the plot mires down in Manaus with minutiae of daily discomforts and too many days of waiting. Jill I would hope she would return to the jungle, leave her job in Minnesota. 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. And also, it talks place in the Amazonian rain forest, a place where I had recently spent some time. 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. I spoil just about everything, including the ending, below. After all the rave reviews, my expectations were high. . 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. omg. It’s deliciously gloomy and atmospheric, a dark adventure with Hitchcock style suspense. . Retrieved 9/5/2016.) The book is a jewel box of structure, character, and language that left me overwhelmed with admirat. Helen Brown is impressed by Ann Patchett's State of Wonder, an intriguing novel about an Amazonian tribe in which women remain fertile till their deaths. 8 were here. 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. What would you have done if you were in the shoes of Marina? Here, there were some interesting nascent characters - Karen the widow, Dr. Singh, Easter. (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. Alas, I did not reach a state of wonder reading this. 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 . Lazy! The book would head in one direction for a while, then veer wildly in another. Swenson is an ethnobiologist turned gynaecologist turned immunologist who is committed to keeping the Lakashi's secrets. Verified Purchase. 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. Bringing Easter to Min. 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 been a while since I read this, but I actually remember quite a bit of it. But I wanted to draw out the anticipation as long as I could - and it was SO worth it. 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). Scientist in the amazons seeks cancer cure. 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. 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 for. The inhibited central character and the relative descriptive restraint free Patchett to concentrate on larger metaphysical questions. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. Reviewed in Australia on 19 June 2014. But the researcher is incommunicado. The basic plot of "State of Wonder": In the first sentence we learn that Dr. Anders Eckman is dead. That is the beginning of the story and the basis on which the protagonist, Dr. Marina Singh, travels to Brazil to track what happened to a co-worker who also went there seeking answers for their employer, a pharmaceutical company. Pickles leaned up against Marina now and . First, if you haven't read the book and intend to, don't read this review. Ann Patchett is known for her well developed characters and plots that unravel at a pace that keeps you reading late into the night. There are fantastic birds and scary insects and snakes. State of Wonder Ann Patchett. At the other extreme, there's the seething world below eye level, the microscopic life of cells and bacteria. I'm a glutton for punishment, what can I say? One could also hope for subtler symbolism and metaphors, less stilted dialogue, more skillful writing. Patchett brings the Amazon to life in this novel. (“State of Terror” or “State of Hapless Stoicism, with Flashes of Humor” might do it.) The basic plot of "State of Wonder": In the first sentence we learn that Dr. Anders Eckman is dead. Hi! It's a plague. 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 Refresh and try again. Review from AntonySimpson.com: State of Wonder is a masterpiece novel, written by true wordsmith Ann Patchett. The book is fascinating and engrossing and below I will tell you all of the reasons why you ought to go find a copy of this book and start reading now. That’s a good sign. 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. We’d love your help. If it is, it's because I expect -- perhaps unfairly -- more of Patchett than this book has offered. Patchett is unbelievably talented and this book left me with a feeling of Wow. by Ann Patchett. For example. “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. The second time around for this one. State of Wonder is rich in symbolism. Dr. Marina Singh is sent from her home in Minnesota to the jungles of Brazil by her employer, a pharmaceutical company. Apparently I have a thing for matriarchal Heart of Darkness scenarios. 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. [s], Sept 18 - State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California. My pet peeve is when authors play fast and loose with characters and established world facts in order to advance plots. State of Wonder is a 2011 novel by American author Ann Patchett.It is the story of pharmacologist Marina Singh, who journeys to Brazil to bring back information about seemingly miraculous drug research being conducted there by her former teacher, Dr. Annick Swenson. Here is my review combined with my previous review...and for the record, nothing has changed. Their silence has several functions, since wonder can mean uncertainty as well as awe, and through the quiet, Marina's deeper confusions are about herself. After all the rave reviews, my expectations were high. State of Wonder starts with the death of Anders Eckman, a Research Doctor for … Ann Patchett's new novel is her most mature work to date. It is the book that I sold by hand as a bookseller and the book that I still pass along to friends. 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. June 1, 2011 by Nancy. One Sentence Review: Anne Patchett’s beautiful writing alone is enough reason to read this book. 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. 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. 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. 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. What's the Book You Can't Wait to Read This Summer? 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. 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