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State of Wonder

Patchett, Ann

(eBook - 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.
Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0062049828
9780062049827
Branch Call Number: 3M downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library

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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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Jan 19, 2015
  • CPL_Laura rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After Marina’s colleague dies in the Amazon jungle, her employer sends the research scientist there to complete the mission he could not: to locate and bring back her former mentor, who has gone missing while researching a controversial drug. The novel explores science, responsibility and ethics through richly drawn characters and with vivid storytelling. (It also features a cinematic battle between scientist and anaconda.)

Dec 11, 2014
  • DPLheather rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful literature and deep characterization. Good for those who like Kingsolver. But you'll never want to visit the Amazon after you read the episode with the anaconda....

Dec 03, 2014
  • bookpusher rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It took a very long time for anything whatsoever to happen in this book, but eventually it caught my interest and I loved the ending. Good reader.

Nov 28, 2014
  • kazareads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Ann Patchett is a masterful writer. Engaging, mysterious, curious
beautiful story. The landscapes of Minnesota in winter and the oppressive jungle of the Amazon contrast vividly. Marina responds unexpectedly and even heroically as the story unfolds.

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

Apr 03, 2014
  • librarylizzard rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoy Ann Patchett's writing very much, and this was no exception. As other reviewers have pointed out, the narration of the audiobook was also top-notch. The story keeps the reader guessing up until the very end, and the plot is so interesting that it does leave one in a "state of wonder." The redemption of the protagonist, would-be surgeon Marina Singh, is also very powerful.

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.

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Apr 05, 2012
  • mill01pj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Without revealing too much and running the risk of implying the book is one-dimensional, let's just say the book is about an extensive research project into a new, potentially earth-shattering drug.

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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