Review

Review: State Of Wonder by Ann Patchett

“One must not be shy where language is concerned.”

Genre: Fiction
Pages: 353
Published: May 3, 2011
Rate: 3.5 ⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads Synopsis
In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, “State of Wonder” presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity.
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 Take.
State of Wonder is a slow read, a wonderfully written story that is plot based. Provocative is the word I’d use to describe this book. Ann Patchett explores morality and science in such a way that pulled at me and had me asking myself questions because… Provocation. I got lost a few times with the science-y stuff and just floated through though.
Do you believe in miracles? Such are questions State of Wonder will have you asking yourself that over and over.

“It was a funny business, the subconscious mind, thinking that it could rewrite history.”

In as much as the book is plot based, the characters stole the show! Major theme I saw in almost all of them is sacrifice and loss and how it affects their choices, their lives and their relationships. Each in a different way. I was hooked!
The book is largely set in the Amazon and Patchett does a great job in bringing it out to life. I felt like I was there myself.

State of Wonder is a book that starts out slow but picks up pace later on and if you stick with it you’ll not be disappointed. At least I wasn’t.

Have you read State of Wonder? If yes, what did you think about it? If no, is it a book you’d read?

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