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State of Wonder

Patchett, Ann (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
State of Wonder
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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.
Authors: Patchett, Ann
Title: State of wonder
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 353 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ann Patchett
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780062049803
0062049801
9780062049810
006204981X
Branch Call Number: FICTION PATCHETT 2011
Subject Headings: Scientists Fiction Medicine Research Fiction Jungles Amazon River Region Fiction
Genre/Form: Adventure fiction
Topical Term: Scientists
Medicine
Jungles
LCCN: 2010029229
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Join the discussion on March 17, 2015. Set in the Amazon rain forest, this dramatic, transportive adventure story takes on issues of medical ethics, cultural respect, friendship, love and loyalty.

Join the discussion on Oct. 13, 2014. Set in the Amazon rain forest, this dramatic, transportive adventure story takes on issues of medical ethics, cultural respect, friendship, love and loyalty.

Join the discussion on Sept. 16, 2014. Set in the Amazon rain forest, this dramatic, transportive adventure story takes on issues of medical ethics, cultural respect, friendship, love and loyalty.

Join us for the discussion on April 8, 2015. Set in the Amazon rain forest, this dramatic, transportive adventure story takes on issues of medical ethics, cultural respect, friendship, love and loyalty.

A pharmacologist from Minnesota travels to Brazil to investigate the death of a colleague. As she settles in, she goes native, losing everything she had held on to so dearly in her prescribed Midwestern life.


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Oct 01, 2014
  • JCLMichelleJH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was an interesting book that reminded me in places of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The main character enters the jungle of Brazil to locate a colleague but ends up discovering much more. I thought it was suspenseful and engaging, though the end seemed rushed.

Jul 26, 2014
  • waterdogsplash rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not too thrilling to me. Story was not very interesting and when I thought it was finally going to get good in the end, I was very disappointed. I'm off to my book club and wonder what my members will think.

NYPL Staff Pick
A pharmaceutical researcher travels into the Amazon jungle in search of a missing colleague, who has discovered native people with a possible new fertility secret.
- Selection Team

Mar 17, 2014
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great story about a lab scientist who goes into the Amazon in search of information about her dead colleague. Lots to think about and plenty of suspense.

Nov 23, 2013
  • vansce rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I think this is my third by this author. I love the way she can spin a tale while not leaving any confusion in me. Her characters are always vivid. This one's not quite as good as Bel Canto (another of her titles ), few are, but it is well worth the time.

Oct 24, 2013
  • williamkricket rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nothing but superlatives can be written about this book. All l can add is that if you are willing, your heart will be touched, crushed, perhaps broken, and very likely restored by the emotional alchemy the author practises on your soul in a book about the science of ambition, truth and love. You will also be entertained, distracted like a doctor’s shining light as she stabs a needle into your vein and you wake up panting as if from a dream not sure whether it's really over or if you are still lost on the Amazon struggling simply to breathe.

Aug 13, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nature can not be fooled. Each age of a human being is specifically designed for specific things. Action in the first half of the book develops slow. But in the second part it is more vivid, very interesting: a lot of fascinating details and descriptions of the Amazons, whether things invented by the author or actually existing.

Jul 13, 2013
  • Zoomerofall rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book captivated me. I spent an entire weekend doing little but reading it. Beautiful writing.

A very intriguing book. The idea of older women able to get pregnant is thought provoking as well as extremely curious...

Jun 04, 2013
  • Suzanne_Library rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a beautiful book!

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Jan 22, 2013
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Mar 02, 2011
  • Michael Colford rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Patchett takes us from Boston to the deepest hidden realms of the Amazon in this layered, haunting tale of biomedical exploration and the search for ourselves. Outstanding writing is Patchett's hallmark in this intricately layered novel. Deep, complex strands of narrative all come together beautifully and characters, both main and incidental are fully explored and brought to life. This is a masterful work.

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